Archive for May 2014

Albertini Windows and Doors Refinished with Sansin Classic and ENS

This beautiful beach area home designed by Laura DuCharme Conboy is a perfect example of relaxed California living.
Albertini doors and windows are of solid mahogany and were imported from Italy to give this home a warm, yet sophisticated look. Over the years a subsequent owner had improperly used varnish over the original finish and Peek Brothers was called to deal with excessive peeling of the surfaces coating.

After extensive review of available coatings it was determined that Sansin stains and finishes would give the new, discriminating owner that “as new” look and durability we were looking for. After striping all surfaces and applying wood bleach; the wood was conditioned using Sansin conditioner to even the porosity of the wood which was then stained with Sansin Classic and then finished with 4 coats of Sansin ENS. The results were stunning.

Exterior Restoration of La Jolla Historical Society’s 1909 Cottage

Thanks to the gracious donation by Benjamin Moore of their ultra premium Aura paint through Vista Paint Corporation, Peek Brothers donated labor and skill to restore the exterior of this historic structure. This craftsman-style beach cottage, known as “The 1909 Cottage” was owned by the Scripps Family and donated to the La Jolla Historical Society for their on-going work in preserving the history and culture of La Jolla.

The project required substantial preparation and lead safe work practices. Hand scraping with carbide tipped scrapers helped to remove loose materials. Using Festool Sanders with HEPA vacuum attached, lead dust was minimized while surfaces were smoothed. Many of the windows required re-glazing as the old, hard putty had fallen out. The paint scheme was based upon original colors. The building now looks like it did back in 1909 when it was built!

Teak Deck Refinishing with Festool Sanders and Sikkens Cetol

Teak is one of the most durable woods available for decking or exterior furniture. That is why it is commonly used on the finest yachts and homes. Be aware though that it does need to be maintained if you want to keep that deep, rich color and not a dull gray look!

Once Teak gets to a grayed state,the wood will require extensive preparation by pressure washing with oxygen based bleach, sanding, and three coats of Sikkens Cetol or Sikkens SRD. By consistent, yearly re-coating, you will avoid the time consuming preparation and keep your deck or furniture wood looking deep, rich and gorgeous!