Blog

  • Home >
  • Blog >
  • Preparing for Your Painting Project: Essential Steps!

Preparing for Your Painting Project: Essential Steps!

 Preparing for Your Painting Project: Essential Steps!

Preparation, both of the job site and your surfaces, makes or breaks the painting process. What should you look for?

If you follow our articles, you know that we put a strong emphasis on the importance of surface preparation. In the past we’ve outlined the planning stages that should lead up to your project as well, including clear communication, a detailed estimate, reviewing your warranty, etc…

Today, let’s take a closer look at the specific steps we take as we prepare your surfaces.

It’s been said that preparation is 80% of a painting project, and we absolutely agree. Time invested in these early steps pays high-value dividends.

What’s Included in Surface Preparation?

#1: Pressure Washing

Depending on the age, type, and condition, of your siding, we start with a thorough pressure washing. In the hands of a trained technician, this is an efficient way to remove mildew, dirt, and other contaminants.

#2: Careful Masking

Spraying is a fast, effective way to cover large areas during commercial and residential painting projects. First, however, we cover and mask all surrounding surfaces to protect against overspray.

#3: Protect Your Landscaping

We’ll work carefully around your landscaping, including covering plants.

#4: Sanding

Using a combination of orbital sanders and hand scrapers, we’ll carefully remove loose, flaking paint. This is the first step in building a strong foundation for your primer.

#5: Priming

We then apply an exterior wood primer to surfaces left bare by sanding. This product penetrates the exposed wood, creating a sound, solid base for your paint. We’ll also spot prime any patched surfaces so that the finish coat of paint can adhere properly.

#6: Caulking

For a close look at why caulking is so essential, be sure to click over to this article. We’ll remove any brittle, failed caulking, and replace it with new Sikaflex Premium Caulking, sealing out any water that could create a problem in the future.

#7: Window Glazing

Any failing window glazing (putty) will be removed. After priming, new glazing will be installed.

8: Surface Repairs

If wood rot is present, our carpentry team can help with repair/replacement. If there are stucco cracks that need to be addressed, we’ll open them up and repair them with an elastomeric patching system.

The takeaway?

Every project we finish is backed by our MB Jessee Painting, Inc. Warranty, covering labor and materials. We stand by our work! You deserve to be completely satisfied, and we know that our processes and standards will stand up to the test of time.

Regardless of who your painter is, make sure that they can clearly articulate their specific procedures so you know exactly what kind of value to expect.

Request an Estimate

Serving the San Francisco Bay Area

Why People Hire Us

Background-Checked, Dedicated Team Members

Clear Communication

Experienced Oversight of Every Job

Fully Licensed & Insured

Exceptional Service & Attention To Detail

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Best of Oakland 2018 BBB American Society of Interior Designers ASID Leadsafe Certified Firm EPA NARI Member Nolan Summit Services Inc

Customer Reviews

“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

“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

“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

“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

“The kitchen looks NEW! You guys are amazing.”

“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

“My entire experience with MB Jesse was very professional. The crew were very friendly and super accommodating of my ridiculous schedule and geriatric pets in the house. The finished product, which was pretty much my entire house, far exceeds my expectations. Would definitely work with them again!”

— Heather Jordan

“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

“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