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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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“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

“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

“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

“I highly recommend MB Jesse Painting to anyone looking for a professional team that does an impressive job. They are on time, efficient and clean up well each and every day they are on site. They pay attention to detail and listen to the needs of their clients. In addition, they give back to the community. A Five Star team all the way around.”

— Erin Troy

“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

“Many thanks to Rigoberto and Damon and the extraordinary team who transformed my castle in the skies.They are magicians. I appreciate their work very much.”

— Kathleen A
San Francisco

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

— Paul Markovich

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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