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

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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


What are The Steps to Painting a Front Door?

Sometimes all you want to do is to complete a small, inexpensive update to your loving home. By painting the front door of your home a vibrant color, you get the most bangs for your money and it’s easily altered for future updates.

Front doors should always look unique and it requires a good amount of maintenance. Therefore, regular cleaning, weatherproofing, and occasional spruce-up is often required. A new coat of vibrant paint is considered a brilliant opportunity to choose and refresh the look of your home. In fact, a beautifully painted front door enhances the curb appeal of the entire home.

Step#1: Choose a New Paint Color:

Sometimes, choosing a new paint color for the front door of your home is overwhelming. Whether you want to go with a fresh coat of neutral paint color or take the plunge with a high-contrast hue, choosing paint color for a front door is always difficult. The color that you apply on your front door will appear quite different outdoors than they actually do inside your home.

Therefore, the best way to choose color for your front door is to consider other colors that your house already has. You can also look idea from the neighboring houses. For example, if your entryway is surrounded by natural greens in the plants, you can take inspiration from the same and choose color for the door that matches the green. You can also look at the color of your home’s siding and roof and choose color for the door accordingly.

Step#2: Remove Hardware and Prep Door:

Preparation is the key to any successful paint job. Remove the locks and knobs and clean the door thoroughly. It is also important to use a palm sander to roughen the flat surfaces of existing paint. By this way you can help provide the primer a better surface to adhere to. However, in the crevices and around the trim, you may need to hand sand. Once done, wipe the door properly with a dry piece of cloth to remove any dust.

Step#3: Apply Primer and Paint:

Apply a good primer on the door. Priming ensures that your need fewer coats of paint. Once the primer is completely dry, run the sandpaper politely over the entire surface to level out any irregularities.

You need to start from painting the edges or trim details by using a paintbrush so that you can lay an even base coat. However, for the flat surfaces of your front door, you need to use a roller to apply a smooth consistent paint.

Should I Caulk Before Painting?

Once you have cleaned and repaired your interior surfaces, it is important to apply caulk before you apply paint on it. Caulking is vital since it covers a multitude of damages and prevents many problems from occurring. At the same time, it is also important to mask the surfaces in order to protect the surfaces that you don’t want to paint.

Caulking is not an easy task and it won’t seal like it’s supposed to until and unless it’s applied properly. Therefore, it is vital to make sure that you use the best professionals that can use the right techniques with the caulking job. This ensures that you don’t need to redo the job. Here’s how to do it right way.

Getting Started:

Before you actually start caulking, you should conduct some tests by applying it on a newspaper or a paper towel to get an idea in regard to the final outcome. It is equally vital to move the caulking gun smoothly as you complete a single stroke of the trigger and start with the next stroke. Once you have applied a couple of strokes of caulk and have a good idea about what you can expect, you can then start your first caulking application on a part of your painting project. When caulking, it is better to pull the nozzle of the caulk tube along the joint than to push it. By pulling the caulk tube nozzle, you are actually allowing it to smoothly slide over any obstructions on the surface that is being caulked.

Applying Bead of Caulk:

Once you are done with applying the sealant, you should hold the caulking gun at a certain angle to the joint being filled. It is also important to adjust the nozzle opening a bit so that it forces the sealant into intimate contact with the joint surfaces. Once you are done with applying each bead of sealant, you can relieve the forces inside the tube by releasing the trigger. You also need to pull back the on rod to stop the flow of caulk. In any circumstances, you cannot stop the caulk from flowing out the nozzle just by releasing the trigger alone.


Tooling is required to smooth out the caulked surface. It is typically done by gliding over the entire length of the applied bead of caulk. Tooling also ensures further pressure on the thick caulk to provide a good adhesion.

How to Clean a Paint Roller from Paint?

Once you have completed a painting project, it’s important to clean up paint rollers. Cleaning paint rollers properly after each use is not a hard task and it will prolong the life of the rollers. There are many different ways to clean a paint roller. For the best paint roller cleaning, you need to disassemble your roller and submerge the cover in cleaning solvent. Mentioned below is the guide how to clean out paint rollers from paint.

At first, you need to work the roller over a scrap board and this will help to remove as much of the paint as possible. After that, you can hold the roller over the sink with water running. It is also important to grip one end and slide your other hand down the sleeve quite tightly. By this way you will be able to remove a large amount of excess paint from the roller.

How to Clean Oil-Based Paints from Roller Cover?

In order to clean oil-based paints from the paint roller, it is important to closely follow manufacture’s instruction as they can rightly guide you through the way in choosing the proper cleaning solvent. Typically, mineral based spirits or paint thinner is ideal for removing paint and varnish. When dealing with oil-paint, you should pour the cleaning solvent into a container and dip the roller cover into the solvent. It is imperative to repeat this method by using a clean container as well as fresh solvent every time until the roller cover is properly clean.

How to Clean Water-Based Paints from the Paint Rollers?

Cleaning water based paints from the rollers is relatively easier. When you want to clean water based paints from the roller cover, wash the cover with soap and hot water and rinse until it becomes clean. It is also important to use a clean container filled with a mixture of water and soap. You can dip the roller into the mixture and after that rinse the roller with clean water. In case the paint is sticky, you can utilize a putty blade to help scrape off the paint. In some cases, the water based paint can be very stubborn and it becomes very difficult to remove them. In such cases, you can use mineral spirits or lacquer thinner to clean the paint rollers. However, once cleaned with spirits, you should clean the roller with warm soapy water and rinse it with clear water.

When Can You Start Your Interior Painting Project?

Many homeowners want to know what the best time of the year is to start interior painting project in Fairbanks Ranch. We often associate painting as a task for warm weather, especially when you are doing an interior paint job. However, if you are going to do an interior paint job, winter could be the perfect time to get it done. There are plenty of reasons why you need to paint your interiors during the winter.

You Can Get a Great Deal:

Winter is typically considered a slow time for painting contractors in Fairbank Ranch. As a general rule, painting contractors will have a busy summer, so they remain free during the winter months. As a result, if you are looking for the best painting contractors for interior painting in Fairbank Ranch, you are likely to get a much better deal that you’d get during the busy summer. Although, warm weather condition is necessary for exterior painting, for interiors there are no such conditions, provided your Fairbank Ranch home is kept at a moderate temperature.

Winter Air Is Great for Curing Interior Paint:

While summer is the best time for exterior painting, there is something that painting contractors don’t enjoy i.e. the humidity in summer air. The more humid the air is, the longer your paint will take to properly dry. That holds the time and adds unnecessary times to your painting tasks. Due to this reasons, interior paint job during summer generally becomes much more expensive than it would be in winter. In winter months, the air actually helps curing the paint in no time.

The Paint Job Can Be Done Faster:

For an exterior paint job, the contractor starts to paint the walls when the sun comes up and stops when the sun goes down. In order to maintain quality and safety, it’s not recommended to paint your exteriors at night. However, with interior painting, there is no such problem. You can have a painter work at evening with no issues since you are working indoors. This gives flexibility to get the paint job done faster.

Paint Properly Adheres to The Surface:

If the temperature is very warm, paint will dry in no time and will not adhere to the surface well. As a result, paint will likely to peeling in the long run. However, if you paint during winter, the cooler temperature is ideal for your paint to dry and properly adhere to the surface.