Anyone ever use any of Summit's SS paint? Thinking of trying a qt of theirs on a real low budget job. I know you get what you pay for but is it that bad?
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Budget paints are a false economy.
For a start you need 50-100% more because the coverage is usually so bad. So, the real price is maybe double what you think it is. Then you have compatibility issues with other products you're using. Warranty is non-existent and performance may be less than you were expecting.
Don't get caught in the "low budget" trap. The customer will still expect perfection and will complain long and loud when the job, or the product, doesn't meet his expectations, which he'll never tell you about - "Don't worry too much - it's just a daily".
Quote and charge the customer the right price, using quality products. You'll get more respect and grow your business on a much more solid reputation than the one you'll get for doing cheap and nasty jobs.
You'll also get better service, and maybe pricing, from your supplier when they see and understand that you are a loyal customer.
Don't forget you have to buy their activator as well and that's probably more than you need, so wasted because you can't use it on something else. But if you were using just one paint system you'd probably already have the activator.
A quart? That's about a litre. Activated, say 1.5l. That's a lot of paint, even 2K. What's this job?
My brother in law used to work at summit and at that time their paint was made by martin senour. That was about 10 years or so ago.
All great info and the more I think about it, going the cheap route might not be that way in the end. I do buy everything from my local guy but for some reason, his pricing on satins/semi gloss is crazy high. I was just thinking that when I do order from Summit for other stuff , I might try their paint. Right now I have a tank and fenders to shoot whenever he is ready--no real timeframe. I do see the point that cheap paint will not cover as well and the end result will not be as nice. I think you guys have convinced me to stick with my local guy and pay a bit more and do the best job my skill set will allow.
Plus one on the Omni, when I first started I was buying Omni as that is what my local jobber had in the "economy" line. The Omni plus a rookie using a cheap gun did add up to problems.
Not that I still don't consider myself a weekender rookie hack but changing to a good gun and good products either PPG Envirobase, HOK products or Tamco products depending on what I am doing has helped immensely.
Prices have certainly gone up though. Some of the online custom colors that I like to use have gone up to $145/qt from $75/qt since 8/31/2021, just right at one year ago. That hurts! The Envirobase that I buy locally has gone up from around $150/qt to $200/qt in that same time frame.
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