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Commercial Painting in Downtown Oakland: Preserving a Local Landmark

 Commercial Painting in Downtown Oakland: Preserving a Local Landmark

Follow San Pablo Ave out of the center of Oakland and you’ll soon come across a little slice of history. Ornate, and almost quaint, it stands in stark contrast to its towering modern neighbors.

We’re talking about the historic Maclise Drugstore Building (now the Haley Law Offices). Built in the 1880s, this beautiful flatiron was quite the landmark; an impressive piece of architecture in the growing Bay Area.

Given its history, local significance, and exquisite detailing, we were honored to be asked to paint it.

Picking the Right High-Performance Exterior Coating

 Commercial Painting in Downtown Oakland: Preserving a Local Landmark
 Commercial Painting in Downtown Oakland: Preserving a Local Landmark
 Commercial Painting in Downtown Oakland: Preserving a Local Landmark

Every exterior commercial painting project involves a few key elements:

  • Clear, thorough proposal

  • Careful communication

  • Scheduling/coordination

  • Obtaining any necessary permits

  • Color selection

  • Product selection

  • Surface preparation/repairs

  • Application

  • Final walkthrough to ensure the work meets and exceeds client expectations

For the color selection, we had a unique directive that added a whole new layer to the project. Our client asked us to bring the original palette back to life (from the 1880s), fully restoring the way it would’ve looked when new.

Thankfully, paint products have come a long, long way since the 19th century. After dialing in the colors, we chose an elastomeric coating to give it the best protection and style it’s ever had.

Take a Closer Look

What Is An Elastomeric Coating?

An elastomeric coating is an ultra-durable, high-build coating that creates a flexible, watertight covering after it cures. It’s especially ideal for stucco or masonry surfaces, like this particular building.

Here are a few other benefits that made it the right choice for the job:

  • Durable and long-lasting

  • Flexible, meaning that it won’t crack as the building shifts or settles over time

  • Water-resistant

  • Extremely thick

Elastomerics need to be applied properly, and with careful consideration of the existing paint and surface conditions. Our team has extensive experience, and we know that this product (and application) will stand the test of time.

Let’s Discuss Your Bay Area Commercial Painting Project

If you have any additional questions, or would like to discuss your own painting and maintenance approach in Oakland and the Bay Area, we’re ready to help. You can explore our commercial painting services here, or contact us directly.

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Customer Reviews

“The people at M.B. Jessee are great – from the painters to the office staff to Matt. Talk about leadership from the top.”

— Kevin Ames, Mark Becker Homes

“Dear Matt,You must be so proud of your men! They were fantastic to have around. Polite, courteous and hardworking. I am so pleased with the outcome of our home--in fact, I couldn't be any more pleased than I am!”

— Mrs. S
San Leandro

“The painters at MB Jesse are top notch! Cesar's team was super friendly and helpful. They were very polite and accommodating. Their expertise in everything painting related was evident in their attention to detail and efficiency painting tricky spaces. The apartment looks brand new!”

— Adam Swisher

“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

“In all the years I've worked with MB Jessee, I'm always so impressed by your crews. They are so respectful of everything--you never even know they're there! Except that the paint looks amazing when they're gone. We've had one showing of our home and already have an offer. I'm sure it is because the paint looks so beautiful.”

— Erin T.
Pleasant Hill

“Charles finished yesterday and did a fantastic job. We really enjoyed meeting Charles and having him in our home. He is a great guy in addition to his attention to detail in his work, the protection of our floors, walls and furnishings, and his overall interaction with us both. I would be pleased to recommend him to any of my clients.”

— Ken Morrison
Oakland

“In September, MBJessee finished painting two sides of our 3-story condominium building (six owners). We were impressed by the professionalism of the company and every one of its workers, Matt Jessee couldn't have been more helpful in planning the project. His painters were well-trained, easy to communicate with and eager to please. In addition to painting the stucco, they made extensive repairs on windows and frames, which will save us considerable money in the future. They finished earlier than anticipated, with as many as five men working on the job, and the scaffolding came down the next day. All of us were delighted with the results. Now my husband and I are looking forward to having MB Jessee paint our own apartment later this month. Matt and Gustavo (who will be our crew leader again) have explained how they will work to make the painting proceed smoothly while we're living here, and they have been endlessly patient with our protracted decision-making process. If you look at their website, you'll learn that MB Jessee is an exemplary company that takes good care of its workers as well as its customers, and contributes public service projects to the community. All in all, we can't recommend MB Jessee highly enough.”

— Jayne W.
San Francisco, CA

“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

“Edy and crew are hard at work. They are doing a great job. Very professional outfit you have. Your crew is a delight. You may use me for a reference!”

— Heidi B
Walnut Creek

“Matt, Julie & Ricardo, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the three of you for the wonderful job you did in hosting the SFBA NARI Chapter Meeting on Wednesday evening. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. Members and guests alike walked away with a truly positive experience. The "painter for a day" and the cookies in the paint cans were an absolute brilliant touch and received rave reviews. What a wonderful way to do such positive marketing. Thanks again for a truly memorable experience for our members and guests. You are valued as a NARI member.”

— Judy Tufo, SFBA NARI Executive Director

“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

“I want to express my thanks for a job well done. The rooms look great and there is no problem with any marks on the all the trim, floor, carpet, etc. The paint job is lovely. I also want to express my thanks for the level of professionalism the foreman showed in running the job. He was very attentive to any changes I needed to make, was extremely careful in getting the faux paint color and effect correct. Thanks so much for a job well done.”

— Suzan D’Arcy