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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.

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Customer Reviews

“Our paint crew did a great job and the foreman, Gersson was exceptionally great to work with. He was always available to answer questions, good at problem-solving, very patient, kind, and highly professional with great customer service. We definitely recommend this company, and Gersson and his crew.”

— Andrea Y.
Berkeley, CA

“I had my wooden kitchen cabinets painted white. Anabal and Danielle were doing the job. I have nothing but praise for them. They came on time, cleaned up every day, were respective, friendly and helpful. If the rest of Jessee's crew are as great as Anabal and Danielle, this company will go far.”

— Anni S.
Oakland, CA

“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

“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 kitchen looks NEW! You guys are amazing.”

“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

“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

“Dear Matt,You must be so proud of your men! They were fantastic to have around. Polite, courteous and hardworking. I am so pleased with the outcome of our home--in fact, I couldn't be any more pleased than I am!”

— Mrs. S
San Leandro

“Today I received a beautiful bouquet from your company. It was totally unexpected and very much appreciated--a lovely surprise. Also today, your crew finished my job. I am so pleased with all their fine work. Richard is absolutely amazing and a total delight to work with. He was also extremely helpful during the paint color process. The interior work in my home far exceeded my expectations. A big thank you to you and the crew for an outstanding job. Thank you, thank you for a terrific job!”

— Barbara

“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 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

“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