Sorry guys, volcano orange isn't happening.... I was up all night last night texting back and forth with the painter.
Through a series of incredibly hard to swallow **** ups the car somehow became black again, see below:
Basically he finished prepping and masking the car yesterday, then autflex takes about 10 coats of base coat to build up enough thickness to be peelable, then you start puting your color down. So he starts spraying the pearls, and they're not mixing correctly with the Autoflex, so they're coming out blotchy.
So he says that he should have shot some samples in autoflex, turned out he shot the samples in regular paint and never actually tried these very fine pearls in autoflex, and he never considered that they'd be an issue.
He tries to put the candy over the pearl, to see if the blotchiness would be hidden, it's not, in fact some how magically in an incredible stroke of terrible luck he starts seeing red lines in the candy.
Well it turns out that the sharpie I used to mark up the panels when I was finish prepping it. That red sharpie he says he took off with solvent before starting painting so there was no more red, and through all 10 coats of basecoat it never showed, never showed in the pearl, but once the candy went on it showed back up somehow. Not only that but the orange didn't look right at all... it looked very pale/bright and tangerine colored. Not burnt at all, extremely tacky.
I was incredibly shocked, and mostly in shock.... for lack of a better description for how months of work could go wrong so quickly.
This exchange btw happened all at midnight or later, so I was staying up trying to come up with a plan, and basically he said if we didn't clear over the black base coat it would be extremely difficult to peel so he just cleared over the black base coat, and here we are now.
Now I was in shock, but I wasn't mad until he sent me a text basically saying it wasn't anyones fault but he feels bad so he'll give me $250 off the price.
Now I know this is going to end really bad, because he's not even aware of how much he ****ed up.
I sent him my feedback this morning and basically said if thats the way the car's going to be delivered, I'm not even going to spend another minute puting the rest of the trim back on because this is all getting peeled off immediately, and I'm not going to be the one spending tens of hours trying to get this **** off.
So I guess I'm looking for some advice on how to proceed, especially if he's a hard ass and demands money and doesn't want to give the car up.