Good day folks. The only thing I have to say that has not been said over and over again, is when I do work for someone, or a restoration, I only worry about 2 people, My standards and the customers. I am not producing art for the museum and people to enjoy. I take someones pf, and I do the best work I can do that meets the customers budget, and my own standard of quality.
The customers expectations are a mix of his /her money, along with my reputation from a decade of focusing on pf's, usually.
My standards are a mix of what I can do, what I know can be done, and my procedure which has evolved from being a part of the community and getting to see my installed work after 10 years at someones house or at a show. So my clearcoat service has no options. I will only do the procedure that I believe will last the longest while looking fine. Also I wont clear a pf with what I deem flaws, like cracks around inserts, chips, or bad screening. I had to take that option away from the customer because the pf's change hands like trading cards, and the new owner may not know that the original customer didnt have the money to make a nos pf as nice as it was the day it was made.
When it comes to restorations, I only work with a handful of people who know what to expect, and I know what they want. We put together a budget, and I fix the stuff that is most important, and then stuff that is biggest bang for the buck. Unfortunately, few customers have the money or need to go much further. For me as long as it is something I am proud of. Nothing has ever left my shop that I am not proud of. So if you know what my expectations are, you can decide if my work will be right for you, if not I can try to describe them. This is customer service. I am working t make a client happy. My work on pf's is not my manifesto, or an artistic statement. I am pretty sure anyone who does pf's or restorations for a living is looking at it the same way. It would be a different story, if I spent my free time doing one resto a year, and then had a showing. Man, would that be a blast, and it would probably turn some heads. Maybe later in life when I have the time.
So , I just wanted to take a couple minutes of your time to make this point that is pretty obvious, clear, because I think it gets forgot. I have to say, it is pretty flattering to have my name discussed and recognized. It still hurts a little when someone is b.s'ing and saying things about my work because they dont like me, but its the net, and there is a clot of crazy stuff on it.
As always, I seriously thank my supporters, and by that I mean the people I work for but also the people who know me, and my work, and are confident dropping my name when someone asks, "where can I get my pf fixed up" or if they have a question about pf's. I will keep doing, with this support, so thanks again.