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Preparing Galvanized Metal

Without proper preparation, paint will peel from galvanized metal!

Here are some tips and tricks to get the job done properly so paint adheres for the long term

Tools and supplies you will need:

  • Sponge; safety glasses; rubber gloves
  • A deep sink to rinse the metal
  • Five gallon bucket; 2 gallon bucket
  • Krud Kutter Clean and Etch
  • Rustoleum Cold Galvanizing Primer: a zinc rich primer for the cut edges of the galvanized metal

Steps:

  1. Wipe down the metal generously with the Clean and Etch and put in 5 gallon bucket without rinsing (you want the chemical action to work on the metal for 5-10 minutes).
  2. After 5-10 minutes, rinse the metal in clean water; wiping with a clean sponge
  3. Stack metal pieces so they can thoroughly dry
  4. Spray prime the un-galvanized, cut edges of the metal
  5. Full prime the metal before installation with an acrylic primer or an oil based primer specifically designed for galvanized

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Painting Tricks: Crisp paint lines

Getting a crisp, clean and straight line can be easy as pie if you know the tricks of the painting trade

On an inside corner between two walls or walls and a ceiling that have an uneven texture, trying to brush along the rough surface results in a very uneven line. To get a smoother transition upon which to transition color with a clean line:

    • You will need a caulking gun, a tube of acrylic latex caulk, a small bucket of water and a small rag
    • First run a bead of acrylic latex caulking where the two planes (wall/wall or wall/ceiling) meet, dip your   finger in the water and run your wet finger over the bead of caulk; re-wet your finger as needed; use the rag to wipe excess of
    • Let the caulk dry for an hour or s
    • Paint surface and overlap inside corner a bit and allow to d
    • Now you can either free hand cut in the new color or use tape to create a sharp and straight paint li
    • If your color transition is dramatic, taping works best. If color transition is subtle the free hand cut in with a brush will be fi
    • If you use tape, you must seal the edge where the colors change by brushing the first color on so it will bleed under tape and seal it or you can run a light bead of caulk along the tape edge and, as before, run your wet finger over it. You do not need much caulk….just enough to seal the edge of the tape
    • Frog Tape by Shurtape is widely available and I highly recommend it. This specialty tape is formulated for sharp clean paint lines
    • On a 90 degree outside corner, you can use the same technique.
    • This is an especially good idea when color transition is dramatic and you want the line razor sharp.

• After just a few minutes, brush the new color along the tape and gently pull up the tape at an angle and “voila”, you are an expert “I did it myself! “DYI” painter

Get sharp lines between walls and baseboards

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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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.

DIY …Do it yourself painting projects?

When planning for a DIY project it is important to think things through a bit.

If you are like me you enjoy learning and doing new things! To complete a project and look at your handy work and enjoy that “Hey I did that myself!” With the plethora of home shows on TV nowadays, there are no shortage of ideas for home improvement.

Do you have the required expertise?

I thought to myself….I can replace that toilet….I have seen it done many times on jobsites. But I learned differently!  After 3 times trying to seat it properly on an uneven floor, I called a plumber!  If you don’t have the know-how needed, wouldn’t you rather do what you do best and use the money you’ve earned to pay a professional and have it done right the first time? I wish I had!

Do I have the time?

Do a good assessment of how much time you want to spend on a project and whether it can truly be completed within your constraints. You want to be sure your project does not drag on and become a burden rather than a joy to complete.The TV shows we watch that get such wondrous results in 20 minutes are time lapsed to get the needed results within the shows time allotment. I often watch with a smile on my face as I think to myself….how long and with how much off screen help, did they get that project competed!

Do I have the required tools?

To get professional results, use professional tools. If you are going to d a DIY do it yourself project, decide whether you have the requited tools and if you have to purchase, whether it is worth the cost in the long run. We have all professional tools that are regularly maintained and in great shape to achieve beautiful results efficiently.

After working your way through the decision process above. Give a me a call, I would be happy to quote your project. It will be done neatly, efficiently and quickly….and off your to do list!

La Jolla Athenaeum Makeover

Many of our younger or newer residents do not know that the portion of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library building on the corner of Wall and Girard was once our community book library. This beautiful structure was designed by William Templeton Johnson and built in 1921 to take the place of La Jolla’s original Reading Room that was built in 1898 on Girard and Wall.  Way back in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, when attended Muirlands Junior High and La Jolla High School, I would ride my bike over after school and use the library as a quiet place to study and read. There is nothing like the smell of books in an old building to make one feel studious!

 By 1989 library use had increased to the point that  the new La Jolla Public Library was built over on Draper Avenue with major donors being Francis Riford and Joan and Irwin Jacobs. The Athenaeum

Athenaeum is “adopted” by Peek Brothers

Back in 2010, I was driving “my” old library and noticed that the paint was peeling in several areas. I could not let this continue and so I contacted the director, Erika Torri, and asked if  Peek Brothers could “adopt” the building exterior and re-paint it . With our donated labor and material, we were glad to get it back to its former glory! It was quite a chore though….as we started to wash the stucco, all the paint from years of maintenance came off down to raw stucco in many areas. What started as a touch up ended up as a full restoration of the plaster and stucco surfaces. After extensive patching; we fully primed and then applied two coats of elastomeric coating to smooth out the look. It gives me great pleasure to drive by “my library” and enjoy its beauty and remember all the great books I have read there over the years. I hope you will enjoy it to!