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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

“Everyone I dealt with was nice, helpful, and very professional. The price was reasonable! (I didn't feel like I was getting the "San Francisco price." The attention to detail and work quality was excellent. They did what they said they would do in the exact timeframe they said they would do. Highly recommend!”

— Tim Tyson

“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

“I cannot imagine finer painters--and I have worked with many. They work exceptionally hard. It is a joy to see their workmanship!”

— Alicia R.
Oakland

“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

“Just wanted to let you know that the crew was great to have around the house for the past two weeks. All three of them were professional, courteous, and attentive to my thoughts/concerns and were extremely knowledgeable. They paid great attention to the detail and it shows.”

— Mark & Roberta Gross

“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

“Matt, We are very happy with how all of the painting worked out. We were extremely impressed with the quality of the work in the bathroom. I liked working with Victor, he and Marvin were extremely conscientious about doing a great job, not just the minimum. I know the front door took a lot longer than you'd expected. But they did it PERFECTLY. We never thought it could turn out like that! Thanks again for the great work. We'll be calling you again in the future!”

— Craig
Alameda, CA

“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

“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

“Julie,Just to let you know I am very appreciative of your crew catching the plumbing/mold problem. It was very astute of them. I wanted to let you know that again your crew has done excellent work here, please pass this along to Mr. Jessee. There are some bumps in the road here, but the painting and your crew has not been one of them. Their work is the only thing going right currently, and this crew is very nice and respectful. It is much appreciated. Thank you again.”

— Beth
Oakland

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