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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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“I loved working with M.B. Jessee from start to finish on a relatively small paint job that grew a bit. I felt in very good hands from the moment Matt Jessee came out to give me the estimate and talk about my job. He was very easy to talk to and he handled my changes very well. Then the actual work done by Rigoberto and Mario was impeccable. They were neat and meticulous and the paint job looks beautiful. I could not have asked for more and when I did, they accommodated me 100%. I will not hesitate to call M.B. Jessee again and to refer them to friends.”

— Nancy Kurkjian

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

“Richard and crew have been great, for sure. As much as I look forward to having the job done and my house back in order, I really enjoyed having them around. You should feel really good about how they represent your company.”

— Jessica Dodson

“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

“Very easy to work with, they did an outstanding job with our project of re-painting our painting our kitchen cabinets. Given the scope of the job and that our kitchen is roughly half of our upstairs living area they did a fantastic job of minimizing the mess. Workmanship was top notch, would definitely recommend.”

— Vince Scola