Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Houck's Almost Paint Stripping

We got our French doors back from Houck's today. We're not thrilled with the paint removal job they did. We brought in these 4 doors and they charged us $735 for "stripping" them. They said the extra cost was due to the fine details in the wood, but then they didn't actually strip out those fine details.

Unfortunately, we didn't get a good look at the doors until they were home because they helped load them and they loaded them with the other side up, which does look nice. Not sure if I should complain, or simply try the other dipping place in town. (Do any of my fellow Portland bloggers know if this is the best you can expect from dipping?)

So far, we can't really recommend their services. However, we've already brought in another batch of stuff, when we picked up these doors. They get one more chance to make good before we move on.


  1. Wow, that's very disappointing! I know people who have taken woodwork there, but I don't actually know if the work came out better than this or not.

    I checked out Timby's site- I like the referrence to ' "lead" ' paint... as if it's a rumor :-) Anyway, they might be worth a call, or maybe call Houck's- maybe they'll finish the job (better be for free, too!).

  2. If they charged you extra for all the little crevices, then I would expect them to be cleaned out. It would certainly be worth it to call them up to ask.