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Can I Paint to Get Rid of Smells?

Everyone leaves a bit of themselves behind when they live in a house. For those who smoke, keep pets, or cook with strong flavors, the smell from those activities can last long after they have moved out. Here in the San Francisco Bay area, that leaves many people wondering what they can do to block or remove those old odors. Can painting help get rid of smoke smells or cooking odors?

While paint cannot solve the problem by itself, it is definitely an important part of the solution. Other surfaces that retain smells must also be remediated or replaced, such as curtains, carpets, furniture, and so on. In conjunction with these other efforts, painting can go a long way toward blocking unwanted smells.

How to Paint to Block Odors

In order to effectively encapsulate a smell, you must use a high-quality stain-blocking primer. Sometimes it takes more than one coat, especially for stronger smells. For very strong odors, you need to use an oil-based stain blocker, since these are stronger and more effective. Remember that every painted surface holds the smells, so you need to be thorough in your application.

Once you have applied a sufficient coating of stain-blocking primer and have allowed it to dry thoroughly, you can go ahead and apply your topcoat(s) of paint. For a completely odor-free experience, use a zero-VOC, eco-friendly interior paint.

Now, you can breathe easy, with a healthy, pleasant indoor environment for you and your family!

Painting Solutions in the San Francisco Bay Region

When you have a challenging painting situation, MB Jessee is the company to call. We have been painting homes in Oakland and the Bay Area since 1995, offering unbeatable quality at reasonable prices. Whether you need to paint for blocking odors or stains, or you have other painting needs, MB Jessee is ready to serve you.

Offering interior painting, exterior painting, historical paint restoration, cabinet refinishing, drywall and plaster repair, and much more, MB Jessee is your San Francisco Bay Area house painting company.

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“MB Jessee just finished our exterior and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The foreman (Pedro) and lead painter (Ricardo) were incredible to work with: they communicated scheduling clearly, Ricardo was a joy to be around every day, the showed up early every day, were incredibly tidy and did great paint work. The final walk through experience was incredible. Pedro pointed out items I missed demonstrating a clear desire to complete another quality project. I highly recommend them. As others have noted they definitely aren't the cheapest but you quickly realize that you're getting what you pay for. The 3 year guarantee is also a nice touch since there are likely touch up items that will show up after the job is done.”

— Joshua Jansen

“The completed 'Client Satisfaction Survey' we sent in only modestly reflects our total satisfaction with the work. As a retired small business owner, I compliment you on setting 'best practices' that are consistently followed. Everything described in your marketing materials was a reality! The crew is a super bowl team and our neighbors commented on how quiet they were. We are very happy to be a client of MB Jessee.”

— Richard
Orinda

“Awesome work by highly experienced, professional painters. They were: Conscious about the amount of time it would take. Ours had a lot of pre-work and took 3 weeks. Accommodating when we added a few last-minute changes Understanding when a heatwave hit and we remove some of the plastic sheeting over windows, which they had to put back up the next day. Accessible, especially the on-site crew (Hi Jose & Victor!) -- always answering questions and checking in. The end result is a perfect paint job that makes our 94-year-old house look brand new. I would definitely hire MBJ again”

— Stacey R.
Oakland, CA

“I can't say enough about how courteous and professional my foreman was. He was on time every morning and arrived cheerful and ready to go. He is highly organized and very thoughtful. He was extremely careful and respectful when moving my belongings - a mature professional.”

— Nora Robinson

“MB Jessee just finished our exterior and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The foreman (Pedro) and lead painter (Ricardo) were incredible to work with: they communicated scheduling clearly, Ricardo was a joy to be around every day, the showed up early every day, were incredibly tidy and did great paint work. The final walkthrough experience was incredible. Pedro pointed out items I missed demonstrating a clear desire to complete another quality project. I highly recommend them. As others have noted they definitely aren't the cheapest but you quickly realize that you're getting what you pay for. The 3-year guarantee is also a nice touch since there are likely touch-up items that will show up after the job is done.”

— Joshua J.
Oakland, CA

“My entire experience with MB Jesse was very professional. The crew were very friendly and super accommodating of my ridiculous schedule and geriatric pets in the house. The finished product, which was pretty much my entire house, far exceeds my expectations. Would definitely work with them again!”

— Heather Jordan

“Today I received a beautiful bouquet from your company. It was totally unexpected and very much appreciated--a lovely surprise. Also today, your crew finished my job. I am so pleased with all their fine work. Richard is absolutely amazing and a total delight to work with. He was also extremely helpful during the paint color process. The interior work in my home far exceeded my expectations. A big thank you to you and the crew for an outstanding job. Thank you, thank you for a terrific job!”

— Barbara
Piedmont

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“I just wanted to send you an email to say that John did such a great job over here today. He is truly a hard worker. He has the perfect balance of friendliness, honesty, and professionalism. I trust him. He takes the time to do the job to the best of his ability and that is what sets him (and your company) apart from the competition. He didn't make me feel rushed. He really made me feel like our job was the most important thing in the world. Thanks again!”

— Jo
Oakland

“M.B. Jessee painted the exterior of my Spanish house over 9 years ago, and they did such an incredible job that they are still getting referrals from me today. The paint is holding up perfectly -- there is absolutely no peeling chipping or any other deterioration. I still remember that my final walk-through list consisted of items written on one side of a 3x5 index card (and I'm REAL picky about my house!) However, when Matt and I did that walk-through over HALF the items were no longer an issue, as his team had noticed them first and they had already been resolved.”

— JoAnn Newcomb

“High quality work from a pleasant and qualified staff. Thank you!”

— Paul Markovich

“We just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the work of MB Jessee Painting and your employees. Everything turned out beautiful. Our foreman was great! He was punctual, professional, neat and very accommodating ... and went the extra mile. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family.”

— Michelle & Rivers Gee