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  • Painted walls and vinyl

    Posted by Iain George on April 29, 2022 at 5:52 am

    Okay here we go. Sent to a job in Cornwall with the understanding that all surfaces are painted. None are only have a mist coat. This is a huge project for a construction client. Client insists that other graphics firms have installed on this finish. Also the place is still a construction site, and I mean celings out walls unpainted, duct work going and bear concrete floors. My first instinct is nope go home and come back when they are properly ready but this has been booked for three weeks. So we do some non vinyl work for 3 days. They have then painted a section of wall for some 1m sq logos. First thing that happens is my low tack Frog tape removes some paint in a small test corner so I tell the site Forman, he says they will touch up and to carry on. Also the low tack application tape takes paint off. Then a get torn a new ****hole by the project manager as they have to repaint!!!!

    We are then told to fir the vinyl to misted walls. We then get this finish after about 45 mins after application.

    Metamark MD5 air release high tac. This was used as they couldn’t confirm if the paint being used was a low VOC despite my numerous requests.

    I am today just wanting to go home and not come back.

    RobertLambie replied 1 year, 11 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Martyn Heath

    April 29, 2022 at 6:22 am

    I feel for you. Working in those conditions, without anyone taking notice of your concerns and requests is BS and i would take the attitude that it is what it is. Their responsibility for the outcome and quality of the work and try not to worry too much. Walk away with the job signed off and if it gets snagged because the client isnt happy then you get to do the job again under your conditions. Ive had this time and time again on sites, construction companies and foreman dont give a rats, they just want everything done without worrying about the finished product. Its just another tick on the list.

  • RobertLambie

    May 9, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    I have been there many times, I feel your pain, mate.
    Normally multiple contractors are on-site at once and they are there to get their work done and don’t care who, why or what. They just want in and out as quick as they can!
    Site foremen want an easy life and spend most of the time with these same contractors over the project duration, weeks or months, so get to know each other.
    In walks, the sign man with his stickers, and nobody wants to know or help, and certainly are not going to take the blame for something that isn’t finished or finished properly!

    It’s a horrible position to be in after travelling to a site. All I can advise is that you take a ton of photos and video while walking and talking, pointing out issues and whatever else is relevant.
    speak to anyone you can, get their name and the company they represent and make a note of what each person says. THEN contact the company that has contacted you and email them everything, stating you are on-site and need decisions on what has to happen because you need to charge for your time so far?
    At the end of the day, you have done what they asked, produced the graphics, turned up onsite to install and things have gone bad from there. But i cant stress enough about the pictures and more so video. document everything because as soon as you are off site and back in the office arguing about this, it will become a “he said, she said” type thing and you will be left to carry the blame and costs.

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