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Spackles, Bondo and Marine Filler

Be careful, some common fillers will fail! So what is the difference?

Here are some of my favorite fillers, an one to watch out for…it will fail if used outside.

  • MH or Synko Spackle: this is a very easy to use exterior spackle…it is a bit hard to sand but it really adheres and fills all those uneven surfaces on fascias, siding and exterior trim with ease. It holds up well for years. Be sure to prime raw wood before applying spackle and then prime the spackle when dry for the most durable patches.
  • Bondo is a catalyzed polyester filler (costs about $40/gallon)  that can be mixed to dry in minutes to really move a job along. This filler is often mistakenly used on exterior wood….a big mistake as Bondo in hydrophilic…it will absorb water and expand causing the patch to delaminate and pop off your paint. It can be used on interior wood repairs but never outside.
  • 3M Marine filler is also a catalyzed filler (costs about $190/gallon) that can also be mixed to dry quickly. This product is formulated for marine environments and so is unaffected by water. I have patches that last for years with this product….every wonder why one painter bids more to do a project….this is one reason to hire the more expensive guy as he is using materials almost 5 times more expensive and understands why it is worth it.
  • Most painters buy whatever is available at the paint store; a craftsman can go cross discipline and find products that will give a better more durable result (like sourcing patch materials at a marine store!)

More on cheap materials

Is oil based paint still available?

Yes! But…..it is not as easily available as it was in the old days!
Are you looking for that old fashioned, hard as a rock, smells terrible paint, that lasted forever? Well it is is still available in very expensive ($50) quarts only through very specialized retailers of “Fine Paints of Europe” and their product called “DutchLaq”, an incredible satin or gloss oil paint that we often use on entry doors because of its hard, piano-like finish and deep, rich colors. More ubiquitous is a new hybrid formulation of oil based resins that have been emulsified in water! These paints are truely oil based but are thinned with water and clean up with water! Because the oil resin is confined in little globules, chemically held in a suspension of water, there is very little smell. Hybrid oil applies with almost no smell at all. It does take a bit longer to cure than old fashioned paint thinner-thinned oils but after a month or so of curing, hybrids is very hard as well. These new formulations go by the monikers such as: “Hybrid-Oil”, “Emulsified Oil”. For about 20 years paint companies have been working on these and most work quite well.
When should you use a DutchLaq or a hybrid-oil?
If the surface you are re-coating is presently painted with an oil enamel then it is fine to use an oil finish over an old oil finish….do not think, though that you do not have to prepare the surface. Regardless of what the label on your paint says, it is always imperative to clean and then de-gloss the surface before painting; this promotes good mechanical adhesion as the paint will flow into the small scratches made by sanding. Cleaning first serves the purpose of getting hand oils and other contaminants off the surface so that when you sand , you are not forcing the hand oils into the tiny scratches which are very dificult to get clean at that point and adhesion is compromised

Some folks prefer a brushed look that shows the age of the door with soft brush strokes that give a sense of history and a craftsman’s touch. Others prefer a sprayed finish that can only be achieved with careful sanding and often requires the use of Swedish Putty, a brushed on thick filler that when sanded, provides an ultra smooth surface for spraying.

Sheet Metal Protects Wood Beams

Tops of exposed beams are very prone to rot and UV degradation….sheet metal is a beautiful answer

    A simple way to protect exposed wood from premature failure by using decorative sheet metal caps to keep water and subsequent rot from ruining your exterior trim! All exposed beams and rafter tails are covered like this when Peek Brothers Painting does the job.



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Stained Wood Cabinet Touch Up with Mohawk System

Touch up damaged cabinets with Mohawk “Magic” stain pens:

  • We love to surprise our clients with how quickly we can tune up their natural wood cabinets
  • After carefully cleaning the surfaces a skilled craftsman color matches using various colored stain pens to blend in the color
  • After a few clear coats to match the existing sheen; the damaged areas look as good as new
  • This can also be done on furniture where we often find dings on chair and table legs


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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!

Cabinet Refinishing Portable Spray Booth

We operate in a small shop space where we need to have the area available for various uses such as: storage of equipment, cabinet refinishing spray shop and light carpentry projects. Often our space is called upon to apply a sprayed finish to cabinet doors and drawers we have brought from a client’s home.

Our system works well in that it is  efficient with a quick set up and clean up and can be done easily in the space of less than 1/2 of a garage. Often, to eliminate transporting the cabinets back and forth from our shop, we save our clients time and money by setting up our system at a client’s home. When we are using a client’s space, of course we protect surrounding areas with plastic to eliminate any possibility of over-spray. This approach gives a nice smooth finish quickly and efficiently, which our clients love.
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