Problem with my painter and FPE
Okay, I am almost ready to throw away $200. I hired what I thought was a good painter (came highly recommended) to paint my new kitchen cabinets. He is not finished, has almost finished the prep and is getting ready to paint Tuesday.
Did one sample door and one coat of FPE is nowhere near covering. He told me it's gonna take another 2 coats to cover and he must charge me an additional 1500. He keeps saying that FPE is so thin -- its like lacqer. I am thinking of scraping the 2 gallons of FPE and letting him paint in BM -- that is how worried he has got me.
It is my fault: I asked him to use FPE instead of BM, which he never used before. He primed with BM and not FPE. Then he prepped. So far, I am not completely happy with his prep work (I am very anal, but I see some nail holes and roughish spots in the corners).
He is used to working with BM which I guess is a little thicker and hides imperfections in the prep (and yes, I know it is all in the prep!!)
What to do? I just want my cabinets to look good. He has already worked 3 days. Should I ask him to put another coat of primer?
By the way, his price is 3500 + paint (so closer to 4000). 2 and 1/2 guys (the owner does a little work, but more breaks than work). In am sick about this.