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Painting Stucco Siding in the San Francisco Bay Area !

Painting Stucco Siding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Stucco siding has an earthy, natural appeal to it that blends well in California's terrain. In addition to its pleasant appearance, stucco is also very low-maintenance and durable. It's no wonder that so many homes in the Bay Area are adorned with this simple siding! However, low maintenance is not the same as no maintenance, and even stucco siding needs to be painted sometimes.

How to Paint Stucco Siding

The first stage in any paint job is to clean the area to be painted. For exterior painting, pressure washing is the best way to prepare the surface. Alternatively, the stucco could be washed with a long-handled scrub brush, but this is more labor intensive, and may not reach into all the recessed areas of the stucco texture.

If there is any mildew on the siding, it is recommended that you use a bleach or mildewcide solution during the cleaning process, because just spraying or scrubbing the mildew will not kill the spores that live on the surface.

When pressure washing an exterior surface, it is vital that you maintain an even distance from the siding, close enough to clean, but not close enough to damage the surface. Use smooth, even strokes to make sure you don't miss spots.

What If There Are Cracks in My Stucco?

A good exterior paint will bridge and hide hairline cracks in stucco. If the crack is wide enough to insert the end of a butter knife, it should be caulked. While this can be done by a homeowner using the proper type of caulk, you may want to hire a professional painter to get the best results. Stucco repair is tricky, and poorly-blended repair jobs will show through your exterior paint.

What Kind of Paint Should I Use on Stucco Siding?

In order to do a good job coating and preserving stucco, your exterior paint needs to be flexible and resilient. Painting contractors recommend using elastomeric paint, which was developed for exactly this type of application. If elastomeric paint has been previously applied to the walls, you can use regular latex-acrylic exterior paint on a later paint job.

What Is the Best Way to Spread Paint on Stucco?

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Painting contractors prefer to use spray-painting methods in many situations because of its efficiency and its even, smooth results. In the case of stucco, spraying the paint has the extra advantage of being able to coat the uneven texture better than a brush or roller.

Elastomeric paints are thicker than typical exterior house paint, so they will not work with standard spray painting equipment. However, some professional house painters use specialized equipment that allows them to spray this type of paint.

In many cases, a pro painter will roll a wall after it has been sprayed. This can help to provide a more unform finish and pleasing texture to the paint. This process is called back-rolling.

Professional Stucco Painter in the San Francisco Bay Area

If your home has stucco siding that needs repainting, you might want to have it professionally painted. After all, we have the tools and equipment to do it safely and quickly, as well as the knowledge and experience to do it right. When you hire a San Francisco residential painting company like MB Jessee, you can count on spectacular results and a lasting paint job.

MB Jessee provides interior and exterior house painting services to the Bay Area, including Piedmont, Oakland Hills, Pacific Heights, Hillsborough and the surrounding communities.

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“Julie, by the way, I have never been so impressed with the service of a painting job before! It was like magical elves came and painted our walls without us having to do a thing! It looks amazing and just wanted to let you know how happy we are. Thanks”

— Anja
Piedmont

“Just had MB Jessee paint the interior of our house and they did a wonderful job. They tackled some crazy wallpaper as well as painted some very high ceilings and walls. The whole process was quick and they did a great job! We are very pleased. I was also very impressed by the crew. They were very personable, kind and actually took pride in the work they were doing. In one of our conversations with the lead Ricardo, he actually told me he was very proud of how the rooms had turned out. I agree sir! It turned out great and it's not often you hear someone thinking of your home like they would theirs, and putting that level of work and quality into it. That made a huge difference in how I viewed this company. Ricardo, you were fantastic and thank you for the great job, we will be using you again.”

— Jeff M.
Danville, CA

“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

“The entire MB Jessee team is courteous, efficient and professional. From scheduling and estimating to the crew managers and crew, they all did an excellent job on a small (but complicated) two room project in my house. I'm already thinking about getting them scheduled for the next project in the spring.”

— Cari Cheney

“It was a great experience working with MB Jessee. The crew was careful and thorough as they painted the house, sealed stucco cracks, repaired dry-rotted wood, stained the deck, etc. Robert, Gersson, Jose, and all of the people involved in the process from the estimate to the job completion were friendly and professional.”

— Mike C.
Livermore, CA

“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

“Hello Matt,Just another notice of thanks to your wonderful crew, Rigoberto, Javier and John. They did fantastic work, with Rigo providing meticulous and conscientious attention to the details and excellent woodwork finishing, as evidenced by the beautiful fireplace. Javier did a fantastic job in the bathroom especially, it looks "brand new," and John always does quality work, both with the interior and exterior. I can tell they care about what they do. Rigo's "punch out" was very thorough, too. I will call again when I need some more work and will definitely recommend your company and fine crew. I also felt as a homeowner, I could leave my house in their good hands during the day and that took a lot of worry from me, they were honest, prompt and reliable. They were also very kind, respectful and clean in their work, very professional. Thank you.”

— Beth Marx & Melissa Kirsch
Oakland

“The finish on my kitchen cabinets had failed, becoming tacky and grimy around the handles. M B Jessee gave me a reasonable quote, far below some others, and did an outstanding job, striping the original varnish and refinishing with a new lacquer finish. The cabinets look like new. Work was done 1 day faster than estimated. The crew was extremely hard-working, considerate, and neat. Highly recommend M B Jessee.”

— Thama B.
San Francisco, CA

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

— Paul Markovich

“I love the article in the paper on your company. Thank you for supporting our community by painting at the Claremont Middle School. Thanks!”

— Carla Banks

“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

“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