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No more, “I got a flat!”

With no tube, solid tires there will be one less excuse.

Tires cannot go flat anymore! (well really soon anyway)

No-flats, no more air compressors, no more spare tires, no more auto jacks, no more tools rattling in the trunk. Will it reduce the price of cars? Will it reduce the cost of roadside service? Will some businesses go out of business?

They have been testing these for several years now.

Resilient Tech was developing them for the military.


Amazing new tires…
Michelin Tires… Absolutely SCARY looking…
Look for ’em in August, 2017
These tires are made in South Carolina , USA .


Radical new tire design by Michelin.

The next generation of tires.

They had a pair at the Philadelphia car show.

La Jolla Concours de Elegance Car Show

La Jolla Concours Car Show Sunday April 9th

At our beautiful La Jolla Cove Park

Lots of really cool world class, museum grade cars on the grass with  classics lining Coast Boulevard

This is the major fundraiser for La Jolla Historical Society with a portion of the proceeds going to The Monarch School.

For tickets to the various events click here to buy  ……a great way to entertain special clients is at the elegant Friday Rolls Royce party at The Loft in La Jolla….or the big party at the Cove on Saturday night! Some of you might enjoy the Saturday Tour where we drive and tour to some cool private collections and end up at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club for lunch on the beach with a gorgeous view of La Jolla caves. Bring the whole family for a great time on Sunday morning at 9am….you will see cars that are world. If you have a business and would like to have a super special experience, did you know you can have your own super VIP hospitality tent and entertain those special friends and clients

Our 2016 touring group of 70 cars leaves Balboa Park

Our 2016 touring group of 70 cars leaves Balboa Park

If you would like to help click here to volunteer . we need help friday, saturday and especially sunday for the various events!

Thanks so much and hope to see you there! I appreciate your support

John Peek, Volunteer Coordinator


Rebuilding old wooden screens

Old wooden screens can be rebuilt and made better than new

Follow these steps and your screens will be sealed from damaging moisture and will last a very long time

    • Remove screen stops and old screening material
    • Remove brads or nails that held screening in place (you can leave old staples if you hammer them down flush).
    • Refasten frame so it is strong and square. I use a air powered 1 to 1 1/2 inch pin nailer to strengthen rail and stile portions of frame
    • If necessary you can reinforce frame with metal brackets available at you hardware store.
    • Scrape and sand surfaces. Use a vacuum sander to minimize any dust.
    • Prime all surfaces; even those surfaces that will be hidden. If inside of screen is to be a different color that the outside then use a clear primer on the hidden surfaces where color will transition.
    • Pre-prime and pre-paint all your new wood screen stops
    • Pre-prime and apply 1st coat of paint to frame.
    • Cut your new screening oversized a bit and use a air powered stapler to install new screen. Cut screening after fastening in place using a utility knife or one sided razor blade.
    • Install new stop using a air assisted pin nailer with very short pins. Adjust pressure so you don’t put pin all the way through the very thin stop…just so it is flush
    • Use an elastomeric caulk to fill seams and holes and wet wipe to make smooth
    • Apply two more coats of paint Be sure to paint tops, bottom and sides of wood frame to wood will not take on water and peel!
    • You have a very tight and durable screen!

Deck Refinishing

A deteriorated deck gets a refinish

A debacle of a deck had become desolate in its deterioration and decay.
Diligent and determined deletion of damage and discoloration produced a denouement both delectable and dainty.
The deficient deck is now delightful and the Dame of the domicile was demonstrably delighted!

Deck refinishing requires the proper tools

Debilitated Deck Demo

Debilitated Deck Demo

If the deck has previous coatings on it we will often use our heavy duty floor sander (you can rent one at a rental yard). These units can remove old finishes much quicker that water blasting, which can damage the wood

After sanding and replacing boards found to be rotted; a finish can be applied

If the deck was previously finished with a solid color stain (as in this case) or paint then you will probably have to go solid stain or paint again because color will remain in the crack between boards.

Power sanding a wood deck

Power sanding a wood deck

If the deck was finished with a semi-transparent…then after sanding; use a biodegradable stripper in the spaces between boards and then gently water blast so those spaces between boards are brought back to bare wood….then you can apply an oil based semi-transparent stain.

Who makes the best stain?

  • Oil based Semi-transparent or translucent stains are the best and easiest to maintain: Duckback; SuperDeck; TWP, Messmer’s or Sikkens products.
  • Acrylic semi-transparent: stay away from Home Depot (Behr) or Lowes….also avoid Ben Moore Arbor coat….all these will peel and look awful next time you recoat!
  • Acrylic solid body: if you have to go solid  Home Depot Behr solid deck stain is fine choice
  • If you can coat all sides of boards before installation the Sikkens Rubbol solid color oil is by far the best.11226044_1166004060079851_4598887139502296467_n-1

    Deck with solid acrylic stain

    Deck with solid acrylic stain

Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

Dinged, water damaged kitchen cabinets can be made new again

Time and use can make your kitchen cabinets look awful….but proper refinishing makes them like new!

    • Refinishing cabinets is a step by step process….do not skip any if you want nice results
    • First you must clean all cabinet surfaces free of contaminants such as oil and grease BEFORE sanding!
    • Remove cabinet doors and drawers and mark so that you are sure to put them back in the same opening
    • If you remove hinges, be sure to number them and mark cabinet body where removed so that you do not have to readjust fit upon reinstallation
    • Protect cabinet body interiors and drawer interiors, if necessary, from overspray….often interiors do not need finishing as they are veneered with melamine plastic
    • Next step is for you to sand all surfaces to de-gloss and remove all failed coatings….this is a critical step to insure proper adhesion
    • If you want a solid color finish then apply a bonding primer or lacquer primer surfacer followed by sanding when dry
    • If you are replacing old hardware, now is the time to fill and old holes, damage and sand/spot prime these repairs
    • Caulk any open seams
    • Apply two coats of lacquer or paint by spray, brush or roller

If you want a stained finish…

  • then after cleaning/deglossing, apply your preferred stain followed by two coats of clear acrylic or lacquer
  • Most folks choose to have a professional do it….but with patience and time…you can do it!


What is Making My Paint Peel on the Interior of My Home?

After a big interior painting project, problems like peeling paint, blisters, and bubbles are the things that you may see on your interior wall. Latex and acrylic paint are most specifically prone to peeling, blistering, and bubbling. However, these types of problems can occur with any kind of finish. Peeling paint is more likely to arise when preventive measures haven’t been taken during the interior painting project. You might ask many different professional painters and you might get as many answers why does paint peel.

The reasons behind peeling paint:

Peeling is what happens when the top coat of paint parts ways with the coats beneath it. Actually, this is a phenomenon which is not always possible to predict. It may appear suddenly or occur gradually, over the periods of many months. On the other hand, blistering is likely to arise on a moist surface that wasn’t properly prepared and dried before it was painted. In order to prevent peeling paint, you need to take minute care when applying paint to areas of a house that tend to be humid, like basements.

Painting in Humid Weather:

Painting the interior surface of your home just before rain can be as problematic in every ways as it is when painting a wall which is already wet. If a rain or storm is expected, you should refrain from painting for nearly about 8-10 hours. Humidity in the air can lead to water-filled blisters or peeling paint, which must later be scraped and touched up.

Applying Primer and Paint on Unclean Wall:

In case the wall is not clean, you should not paint or primer on it. On the other hand, if the surface is covered with oil-based paint on it and not use latex based paint. If you mix different types of primer and paint on the same wall, it can lead to peeling paint as well. Actually heat causes the interior surfaces to expand. In such cases, latex and oil-based paints behave differently.

Unprepared Wall:

Perhaps the most important reason of peeling paint is applying paint on an interior surface which is not prepared well. Under any circumstances, you should not apply paint on a surface which is not prepared properly. Ask a professional painter in your locality to take care of the surface preparation. Sand the surface by using mild sandpaper. Use the best quality primer as it helps the paint to adhere to the surface well.

Can I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

A new coat of paint can always make shabby, exhausted kitchen cabinets look new again. Homeowners often become confused to decide whether or not to paint kitchen cabinets. The truth is, wood and wood laminated kitchen cabinets can always be repainted without any difficulties. However, plastic laminate cabinets usually resist repainting and those that can be repainted often require special paints and techniques.

In case you have a plastic laminate cabinet in your kitchen, you need to look for an experienced painting contractor to take care of the paint job. Furthermore, you need to test a small amount of sample paint you like to use in an inconspicuous area to ensure that it bonds well to the material of your kitchen cabinet.

Following are the steps to paint kitchen cabinets:

Step#1: Remove All Hardware:

The first thing you need to do is to remove all doors and hardware from the cabinets. Make sure to remove all pulls, knobs, latches etc. You should place all hardware including the screws, knobs, latches etc in a plastic bag inside the cabinets where you can easily locate them for reassembling.

Step#2: Clean Surfaces:

Kitchen is the place where grease, steam, food etc are commonly found. Before you start applying paint on your kitchen cabinet, it is important that you thoroughly clean the surfaces to ensure the paint properly adheres to the surface. You can clean the surface by using a solution made from tri-sodium phosphate and water. The rule to properly clean the kitchen cabinets is to rinse, but not to soak the surface. It is also important to allow the surfaces to dry properly.

Step#3: Sand the Surface:

Once cleaned properly, you need to sand the surface of the kitchen cabinets on all sides. While sanding, you need to use a wood sanding block. However, in case you want to repaint the kitchen cabinets just to facelift for them, there is no need to sand and paint inside the kitchen cabinets.

Step#4: Apply Primer:

Priming is also important when painting a kitchen cabinet. You need to apply a best quality primer to all surfaces of the cabinet to ensure a well-bonded and even finish coat.

Step#5: Apply the Paint:

You need to paint the inside edges and openings of the face frames first. Then you need to move to the outer cabinet sides and the face frame front. This actually enables you to work quickly in less critical areas. You always need to apply paints in thin, light coats to get the best result.

Is It OK to Apply Paint On Stucco?

Stucco is an ancient building material and it was used in many of the most famous ancient civilizations. Stucco was an important part of the buildings made by Greeks, Romans, and Aztecs. Even the Egyptian pyramids were stuccoed.

Previously, you could only find stucco painted in the materials that it was made of. However, today stucco can be seen in variety of shades. Generally, colored stucco is produced by adding pigment to the final coat as it’s applied, by creating a 1-8 inch thick layer of color. Nevertheless, many homeowners are not sure whether or not they can update the color of stucco. Stucco can be repainted, but you have to keep the following things in mind when it comes to paint your stucco.

Applying Paint on Fresh Stucco:

Under any circumstances you should not paint freshly installed stucco. Actually stucco is a porous material and it needs to breathe. Moisture penetrates the stucco surface and then evaporates away. When fresh stucco is installed in your house, a waterproof membrane like tar paper, house wrap etc is used between the stucco and the structure of the house to keep the inside dry.

The final coat of paint color of stucco goes on as a part of the installation process. Therefore, once the stucco is done, it’s done. If you want to apply additional paint on your stucco, you have to wait for the stucco to dry and cure. Generally this process takes a couple of weeks. If you apply paint on freshly installed stucco, the paint interferes with the breathability of the stucco surface. Also, the moisture can be locked in the wall between the surface and the paint. As a result, this causes the paint to bubble, peel, and chip since the moisture finds a way to escape.

Painting Stucco:

As mentioned earlier, you should paint freshly installed stucco, only when it is properly dry. You can even hire the professional painting contractors to apply paint on your stucco. Properly applied color coat of your newly installed stucco can last for decades.

Painting Old Stucco:

Whether or not you can paint your old stucco generally depends on several factors like what’s the condition of stucco, which color do you like, whether it is already painted or not etc. It is important to clean your stucco by using a pressure washer and then cover it with a fog coat. However, it is not possible to achieve very dark colors, since you can only add so much pigment to stucco.

When is The Best Time To Paint My Home?

The quick answer is after dawn and before sunset!   Just kidding :)……..Painting the exterior of your house is fine any time of the year since we have such a wonderful climate here is San Diego, CA! Also, the weather is not too hot or too cool, which is favorable for paint job. If you live here in San Diego, you know what I am talking about 🙂  But if you come from from the east coast or north of our great country, you have probably been trained to think in terms of “seasons” for exterior household maintenance like exterior painting.

Here is San Diego, we do not get snow and very little rain so that we successfully paint exterior year round. During the milder months we just plan for shorter days! If rain is in the forecast, we do not apply paint ….but once the weather is clear and wood is below 14% water content…painting is a go!

Ideal Temperature Range for Painting Your House:

The maximum and minimum temperatures, recommended for exterior house painting projects, usually vary depending on the type and particular brand of paint you are using. For example, if you use oil or latex based paints, the recommended temperatures for exterior paint vary. However, the golden rule is to use oil-based paint when the temperature range is between 40 degree and 90 degree Fahrenheit. On the other hand, the ideal temperature for applying latex base paint is between 50 degree and 85 degree Fahrenheit. Humidity level of the air is also an important consideration. The ideal humidity level for exterior painting is 40% to 70%. The best drying will occur in this humidity level. There are several products by major paint suppliers that are formulated to cure nicely outside these ranges…but for house painting in San Diego, we rarely need these specialty products.

A quick story

Peek Brothers has experience painting all over San Diego county….but the most problematic area for painting in La Jolla or any of the San Diego beach cites, has been in La Jolla Shores up on the hill a bit. Down at sea level there is not a problem; but because of Mt. Soledad and the fact that the wind prevails from the north, a pocket of moist air prevails in the area after mid-morning. This weather effect causes a pocket of cooler moist air blowing directly off the ocean. Even on warm nice days, we have had surfactant leaching from high quality paints. We have learned to pay attention to these “micro-climates” and adjust our painting and product choices to prevent problems. Only personal experience over 35 years has taught me this! 🙂

Too Hot or Too Cool Temperature is Not Favorable for Exterior Painting:

Very high or very low temperature can cause the paint to not adhere to the surface properly. This can lead the paint to cracking and peeling in the long run.

In super hot weather: paint on the shady side of the house and plan your work to follow the shade so that surface is within application temperatures. The danger of too hot a surface or too hot an air temperature is that the paint film will cure unevenly and can bubble

In cold weather (below 50 degrees) : paint can sag and allow surfactants to rise to the surface and discolor the paint film. In cooler weather we tend to do prep until mid morning and then paint till about 2pm and paint on the sunny side so that the paint has a chance to set before sundown.


How to Hire a Painting Contractor?

Painting is considered among the most important and affordable home improvement projects and definitely gives the biggest positive change to a home for the least investment.


It is amazing what a fresh paint job can do to improve the curb appeal of your home and at the same time increase its resale value. So whether you are looking to increase your home’s value, protect your investment from deterioration or just change your home’s look for your personal enjoyment…..painting give a great return on investment. No matter whether you have an interior or exterior paint project to complete, finding and hiring an honest, quality oriented professional painting contractor is always the best option to insure that you avoid a poor looking or performing paint job.

There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of painting contractors in our area. With so many painters offering the “best service in the cheapest price”, how do you locate good and honest painting contractor who will be looking out for your best interests and a long term business relationship?

Hiring a painting contractor may seem daunting but never fear…. there are good and honest people in the trades…here is how to find them!


When choosing a painting contractor in your area always go for the most experienced ones. A painter, who has vast experience in this field, can provide you with the better paint job than an inexperienced painter can. Ask how long has the painting company been in the business and under theLaurel & Hardy Painting same ownership.

Who will be doing the painting

I have come across “contractors” who bring in day labor by hiring workers who hang around home centers and are not skilled in the nuances of preparation/patching and paint application for long term durability and beauty. Make sure also that the work is not being sub-contracted to another company. make sure that the employees of the contractor you hire , have had background checks and drug screening done. Peek Brothers Painting started doing full background checks and drug screening over 25 years ago and have a great skilled group of craftsmen that are true gentlemen and ladies who , by nature, respect your home and privacy.

Local references

A contractor who is invested in the community and has strong relationships with people you know or know of is going to be sure to follow up on promises and warranties…..ask around to your friends and neighbors and also ask your prospective contractor for local references you can contact for whom they have worked. Also check on line..there are neighborhood groups like that keep an eye out and will tell you if a contractor has done a nice job for people nearby. And of course you can check out Yelp and Google.Neighbors talking over fence

Another good source of contractors is to ask a service provider with whom you have been pleased. Having been in this business of painting for many years, I am asked on daily basis by my clients….”John, who do you know who can…” A good painter knows a good plumber, electrician, carpenter….you get the idea….Good people know and associate with good people….”Birds of a feather flock together!”


Is there a written promise to back up the work done? I have been in this business for a very long time and have seen many a written warranty end up useless because the company backing it has gone out of business! San Diego Texcoat, Nu-Coat Exteriors; San Diego Liquid Stucco….all gave written “Lifetime” warranties ….and all are out of business after charging exorbitant fees to paint homes in San Diego. As soon as too many of their clients start calling because these ridiculously overrated “coatings” start peeling and falling off…they skip town or file for bankruptcy. Go with a company that has both a written warranty and a reputation of trustworthiness to back it up.

BBB (Better Business Bureau)

Any contractor worth their salt is a member of this consumer watch organization. Make sure to visit their website and check out your contractor at BBB San Diego    Any business you are considering should have and A+ rating or steer clear.


Any licensed contractor who is going to work on your home must at least have a bond (required by the state) and should  have general liability insurance at a bare minimum! You are within your rights as a consumer to demand to be made “additionally insured” by their insurance provider as a condition of a contract…..if they balk….do not do business with them. “Additionally insured” just means you become directly insured by the provider while work is being done on your home ….also the insurance provider must inform you if the policy is cancelled. Secondly, and probably even more important, if the contractor sends employees to work at your home….please, please, please be sure they are covered by workers compensation insurance! If they are not covered and get hurt at your home, they can, and often do successfully, sue the homeowners insurance for their injuries. Reputable contractors will supply you with all documentation showing their insurance coverage.


The painting contractor should have the legal license to offer painting service in your locality. Do not go with the company that cannot show a valid license, since this could bring you serious issues in the long run. Hiring a

Peek C-33 Lic Through 9/30/17

painting contractor with a valid license actually means that the contractor is bonded…..if there is a problem , you can go to the state contractors license board and the contractor’s bond can be used to repair damage to your home.  The state licensing board is a great place to check for whether the contractor has a valid license, is bonded and has insurance on file. To learn more or check out a contractor, click:   State License Board

Thorough and Complete written Proposal

Many times I have seen folks get quotes from a “painter” with a $ amount handwritten on the back of a business card! There is no way to know what surfaces are included, level of preparation required, number of finish coats or quality of paint.

A good proposal should outline thoroughly what surfaces are and are not included

  • Method of cleaning to remove dirt, oils, chalk and mildew
  • Level of preparation on wood surfaces: scraping/scraping and sanding; sanding to a feathered edge or complete removal of coating?
  • What products will be used for filling: spackle; epoxy or caulking….and what exact quality of these products
  • What specific primers will be used
  • And what brand/product and sheen is to be used
  • If metal is to be painted: to what level will preparation be done? If 2 part epoxy primer and 2 part catalyzed polyurethane are used ….the price can be substantially higher but you will be getting a vastly superior result in durability and beauty
  • Warranties need to be thorough and in writing and include both labor and materials….Peek Brothers even goes so far as to include scheduled inspections