I have no skills in DIY so always pay someone to do even small jobs like painting skirting boards.
This needed to be done in one hallway and one bedroom. From past experience max of about one hour's work.
I've had other small jobs done by a general home handyman which have been satisfactory and the charge reasonable. One of these involved painting of narrow strip of timber inserted where new oven was slightly smaller than old one and it was OK.
So I asked him to do the skirting boards. Usually I get a quote for completed job, never accept being charged by the hour, but thought it unnecessary in this instance. Well, wrong.
(I'd obtained the paint by taking small residue of previous colour into paint shop and asking for the same again.
The bloke there said he didn't think that would come out correctly as he thought there was a residue of tint in the bottom of the can which had not been properly mixed in. Suggested therefore more of the colour be added.
I accepted his advice. What do I know? Nothing about paint.)
OK, the 'painter' appears on time and proceeds to apply masking tape. I'd never before seen any professional painter use this and had a bit of concern, then reassured myself he was just being especially careful.
An hour and a half later the painting still had not been started! (Amongst this time, he spent about 20 minutes standing outside talking to his wife.)
When the paint finally started to go on, I had misgivings about the colour which was supposed to match the existing paint around the door frames. The new one looked too strongly coloured. I said this, and he said "oh it will be just right when it dries". OK. Again what do I know!
Anyway result is hideous. The colour is completely wrong, so the paint shop employee's suggestion wasn't valid, and the original recipe was correct. It has been applied far too thickly, so it has pooled in dozens of places at the base, bleeding onto the tiles and the grout.
I have to get a real painter to fix it up. This will cost quite a bit as it's painstaking work using a blade to carefully remove the excess at the base, sand it down and apply two coats to cover the too dark colour.
I have an invoice from the original person for $165: $50 per hour Plus GST
I will absolutely not be paying this amount.
I'd appreciate members' opinions as to whether I should pay any of it.
I omitted to mention that he left two large smears of paint on an expensive piece of dark stained furniture and on a door handle.
The furniture maker has come to the rescue and removed most of the paint on his work, but a couple of small bits have soaked into the grain and cannot be removed.