Hi all Been having a nightmare painting some cabinets for a customer. The finish is a very dark blue (Zoffany oil based eggshell). The units (a table with drawers and a chest of drawers) are oak. I primed then with acrylic eggshell, sanded them back and decided I didn't like the grain on the drawer fronts once I had applied the first coat of eggshell. A day or two later I sanded them back using the Festool mesh paper (240 grit) on my Rotex. They sanded nicely. The grain had been filled by the primer and undercoat. I then dusted them off using a brush attachment on my dust extractor. I then ran the dusting brush over them and used a tack cloth. Using a brand new Purdy, I applied the next coat of eggshell. Within seconds I twigged that it looked like someone had poured a fine grit all over them. A couple of days later, I repeated the process. This time I used all of the above plus wiped it lint free Scott paper cloth. Then washed the drawer fronts down with white spirit, then repeated the above process. Once again, they looked like they had been painted with a sand based masonry paint. I told the customer that I believed that the high levels of (universal?) pigment in the paint was the root cause. By that I mean it is taking wayyyyy longer to cure even though I added loads of Terebene. Turn around was supposed to be a week. I had to extend it by 2 weeks in the anticipation of being able to re-sand without the gritty finish. My bread and butter for many years has been cabinet painting but I have only encountered the "grit" issue once before. That was with a dark grey Morrells acid cat paint a few years ago (and happened to be for the same customer). Has anyone got any recommendations for cleaning not quite cured surfaces prior to re-coating? I have to hand the units back tomorrow morning so that that the estate agents can photograph the rooms. I only charged 3.5 days labour but have spent almost double that amount of time. You win some, you lose some, fair enough but I feel like a fraud. I have told the customer that some of the surfaces look like s""t but he is only worried about the fact that that the house photos are being taken tomorrow. I consider myself to be an extremely good cabinet painter (hand finish, old based top coats) but every now and then, you take on jobs that you regret... Hang it, I am in the pub composing this message, she wot must be obeyed is away, so perhaps life isn't so bad.