Archive for House Painting La Jolla

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.

Varnished Natural Wood is Beautiful and Durable

Mildew Proof Paint for baths

Beautiful and smooth oil varnish adds a slight amber tint to wood that will accentuate grain while protecting from food and alcohol. Sanding between coats if critical but oh what a pretty look good old fashioned varnish brings to this refinished bar top!

I have found several varnishes that work quite well. Shopping at the Marine Exchange or West Marine in San Diego provides the best options and the varnishes are high VOC and meant for marine environments….they dry quickly and very hard

Comes in Deep Colors!

After sanding and 2 more coats this bar will serve for many years!
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Fresh Look for Warwick’s Books and Stationers in La Jolla by Peek Brothers Painting

A cool updated look with new colors and stripes is part of the fresh upgrade :

  • Working with Nancy Warwick and her designers, we had a lot of fun bringing some Pizzazz to this beloved business on Girard Avenue in La Jolla
  • Getting the stripes just right was chore as the grout lines did not line up!
  • Each letter of the Warwick’s sign had to be removed and individually refinished with Fine Paints of Europe Bright Red before being reinstalled
  • This is commercial painting in La Jolla….where quality of the same high level as our La Jolla House painting is required….but with the added need to keep areas safe for all the customers coming and going

El Patio Building in La Jolla refinished with Dunn Edwards Evershield

The El Patio Building in La Jolla California needed a face lift! The owner watched us working for months on the restoration of St James by the Sea just down the street. Impressed with our level of preparation and attention to detail, he asked Peek Brothers Painting to attend to his building as well. Extensive wood repair was necessary and to protect from further wood rot, we installed drip flashing on all exposed beams and rafter tails. Finished with premium grade Dunn Edwards Evershield, the building has now been restored to its original beauty. Thanks to Dunn Edwards Representative Dan Harris and his team for helping with color and specifications. A special shout out to Jennifer, LeeAndra and Joe at the Kearney Mesa DE store for mixing 100’s of gallons of paint for us!

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.

Mildew-proofing the Exterior of a Beach Area Home

Mildew loves a warm, moist environment. This La Jolla beach area home, with old, linseed oil based, stained cedar siding, provided the food that dirty, unsightly mildew just loves to gobble up!. The owner was looking for a local La Jolla housepainter with specific experience mitigating the mold and mildew.

After removing all trace mildew spores by pressure washing clean with sodium hypochlorite bleach (Clorox) and a bio-degradable soap as a surfactant, we applied Amteco Mildew Sealer, a clear super mildew retardant followed by Amteco W-100UV, a clear flat sheen acrylic  that we turned into a semi-transparent finish with paint added to it in a 5:1 ratio. The result is a beautiful 10 year finish that will stay mildew free with washing off of the ocean contaminants every few years.

Exterior Mildew and Mold on Wood

Mildew and mold are unsightly and can damage exterior paints and stains. For some people Their presence is even a health hazard. Some paints and stains are made so cheaply that they not only allow mildew and mold to grow on their surface but some of these cheap coatings actually feed the infestation.

To treat mold and mildew the surface must be wet down with household bleach and a soap. You know you have rid the surfaces of mold and mildew when it no longer is visible. If the surface to be re-coated has had substantial mold and mildew, it is wise to use Amteco Bio-Control primer. This specialty primer comes in clear or white base. If we are going over a semi-transparent wood stain that has had infestaion with mold or mildew and we wish to keep a transparent look, we will use the Amteco clear Bio-Control Primer and then top coat it with Amteco W-100 UV, which is a dead flat ultra violet stabilized clear. If we have a painted surface that is infested, we will bleach, coat with white base BioContol and then paint with a top quality paint finish. We have homes near or on the ocean that are free of mildew after 7-10 years. Watch the video an see!

Darlington House Gets a Facelift

The Darlington House is a beautiful large home owned by the Social Service league of La Jolla whose mission it is to provide meals and housing support for seniors who have lived and worked in the area. Revenue from special events at Darlington House are used to support the League House next door. My mother Ellen was a active member for many years. In 1968 the League purchased the estate sized home from Mrs. Sybil Darlington and turned the mansion on 7448 Olivetas Street into super special location for weddings and receptions venue. As a natter a fact, our sister Elizabeth (Wig) was married here!  

We have had the pleasure of painting both the interior and exterior of this fine historic structure over the past  30 years. Folks call us when they are looking for a house painter from La Jolla that they can trust; whether it is interior painting or exterior painting. Owner, John Peek, grew up in La Jolla attending local schools and has close ties in the community. John presently serves on the board of directors of the La Jolla Historical Society.