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Metal Effects Copper Patina Paint from Modern Masters

Copper patina paint on a charitable “Mr. Ed”

  • Using a Graco HVLP sprayer, Metal Effects Paint from Modern Masters can be applied more evenly than brush and rolling
  • After applying the second coat by HVLP spary, the Acid Patina Solution from Modern Masters is applied with a hand skirt bottle to spritz the wet copper paint
  • The acid reacts with the copper and gives a beautiful patina
  • Since this project will be kept outside, I put a clear coat from Modern Masters over the copper patina to protect it longer from the elements
  • Remember “Ajax shakes out white and turns blue!” from the old TV ads? Well thats how this horse of a different color got his name!
  • This project was to raise mony for charity and now Mr. Ed AKA: “Cuprious” is gracing the front yard of a donor in Rancho Santa Fe no doubt!

The basic handtools needed for painting a house

Basic House Painting Tools and Tool Organization for Painting

  • These are the basic hand tools needed to effectively prepare and paint a house
  • From carbide scrapers to sandpapers to application tools and their organization.
  • Having the correct tools organized and close at hand leads to efficiency and effectiveness in preparation of surfaces and applying paint
  • Keeping tools organized is critical. “A place for every tool and every tool in its place”

Rot Proof exterior wood with penetrating epoxy

How to rot-proof exterior wood

Using penetrationg epoxy to seal exterior wood permanently

  • Exterior wood doors and gates can be very expensive to replace
  • Pre-treating your wood with penetrating epoxy, can make a door/gate or any exterior wood to last a lifetime
  • This Smiths CPES Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer deeply penetrates the wood and then hardens in place so that water cannot get into the wood. Water in the presence of untreated wood always leads to fungal rot.There are other brands that can work well also such as West System, System Three and Advance Repair Technology
  • You can use this same approach to french doors, garage doors, gates or any wood that is exposed to moisture
  • Apply liberally so that epoxy soaks into the wood as much as it possible ….I call it coating till refusal. This means that the wood will be so impregnated that when the epoxy dries you have, in effect, a plasticized piece of wood that water cannot enter. If water cannot enter, you will never have rot
  • After epoxy is dry, if the surface is to be painted, then caulk all gaps and seams along with the bottom of the doors/gate with a polyurethane caulk, such as, Permathane or Vulkem. These polyurethanes caulks are extremely adhesive, elastic and will last for many years
  • A gate like this looks really sharp with a copper cap along the top edge; this adds additional rot proffing as the copper will keep any moisture for entwering all the seams between the wood components

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!)

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Painting Techniques…Dirty Bucket

Your only paint bucket is dirty….what to do!

Here are some tips and tricks to get the job done and paint back in the can when done

Tools and supplies you will need:
• A dirty bucket….or a clean one will do!
• A common plastic grocery bag
• A Throw away latex medical glove (always great to have around for messy projects)Color TrasistionsCrisp paint lines
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La Jolla Athenaeum Door Restoration

My childhood library in La Jolla is now the La Jolla Athenaeum Music and Arts Library. Driving by as I often do, I noticed the natural wood doors were not looking up to snuff. Now that my kids are grown and enjoying my as The La Jolla house painter , I offered my services gratis, to refinish these two French doors facing onto Girard Avenue.

Door refinishing is a specialty of ours at Peek Brothers and I enjoy the opportunity to work with the tools of my trade to keep my hometown looking sharp


• The wood door was in very poor condition so I stripped off the existing varnish.
• Using a Festool German vacuum sander, I removed all the old finish down to bare wood.
• Sikkens Cetol 1 stain was applied to darken the wood and bring out the Douglas Fir graining
• Three coats of Cetol 23 Plus was applied with sanding in between to insure a super smooth finish.
• The Cetol 123 Plus product builds to a nice satin sheen that is a touch softer and stays more resilient to heavy sun exposure than say, a spar varnish, which over time becomes harder and more brittle and thus prone to failure, especially on softer woods that expand and contract with heat and humidity changes like pine or Douglas fir.
• Entry doors or patio furniture made of Teak or Mahogany are very stable woods that look just stunning with Cetol Marine, a satin finish that is slightly tinted to enrich these natural hardwoods
If you have a front (or side) door that has been beaten up by the sun and needs some attention, we really enjoy wood refinishing and making the entry to your home really shine
You might wonder why I mention the sander I used by name? Festool makes quite possibly the finest sanding and dust collector system in the business. I particularly like that the sander has a very tight oscillation so it never leaves swirls in the wood that can ruin a finish. Also the vacuum attachment keeps dust out of the work area as it is collected right through the sander. When you are applying a fine finish, you cannot have any dust present. Clients love that it keeps our work areas nice and clean 
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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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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