You get what you pay for and HOK is GREAT PAINT!! It is proven time and time again. It is definatly not a production type paint and i think that is why some people have problems with it, it a CUSTOM paint and you have to use the HOK tech manual to get all the info before spraying. The thing you have to remember is that a painter is going to bad mouth any product that they have had problems with. I had some initial problems using HOK topcoats and clears because i was spraying it like a production paint(higher solids). I had been using Spies-Hecker(another great product, but very production based and very high solids.) and stared shooting HOK like a higher solids paint, big mistake. But if you or your painter wants to shoot some HOK get the tech manual and stick to it like it was your bible. You will be blown away by the results, I know I was.