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Questions about professional painters - Bay Area Painting FAQ

Questions about professional painters - Bay Area Painting FAQ

If you look online for painting tips, you are sure to find lots of “professional” opinions and advice. But do you ever wonder whether the actual pro’s really use those techniques and live by that advice? If you do, you’re not alone! Google tells us that many people search for answers to the following house painting questions:

Do professional painters…

  • Use masking tape?
  • Wash walls?
  • Use rollers?
  • Use sprayers?
  • Use primer?

Since people are asking, we’re happy to answer! As a professional painting company in the San Francisco Bay Area, we can give you some “inside information” to help with your research!

Do professional painters use masking tape?

Yes! But not that pale yellow stuff. Painting companies typically use blue painters tape, or more recently, Frog Tape. Using painters tape is a very effective way to achieve clean, straight lines along trim and borders, or anywhere that two colors meet.

There are some situations when a skilled house painter will skip the tape, if he judges that for some reason the space is too awkward for tape, or she believes a better result can be achieved by hand. But for this to be done with good results, it takes a true professional: a steady hand and a sharp eye for detail.

Do professional painters wash walls?

Yes! For exterior painting, we usually power-wash the surface, or sometimes hand-scrub, to make sure it is free of surface contaminants. Inside, pressure washing is not an option, but in many cases the walls need to be washed prior to paint application.

Washing a wall before painting it will make sure the paint can adhere properly. It will also remove dirt or other materials that may show through the paint. A real professional painter knows the value of washing a wall before painting.

Do professional painters use rollers?

Absolutely! We usually keep an assortment of rollers for all sorts of jobs. Heavy nap rollers are for textured surfaces, like block or stucco, while short nap rollers are for smooth walls. We have long-handled rollers for ceilings and tall interior walls, and sometimes we even use tiny rollers for detailed areas like doors or cabinets.

Of course, professional painters don’t use rollers exclusively. We will usually use a brush for “cutting in” along the edges of a wall, and then use the roller for the big open spaces. We also use brushes for molding, trim and other detailed spots. Finally, we also use sprayers, which leads to our next question…

Do professional painters use sprayers?

It’s no secret that professional painters want to get their work done as quickly as possible, but without sacrificing the results. Often, a paint sprayer is a great way to do this. It just depends on the dynamics of a particular room or structure. If the room can be protected in such a way that no overspray will get on any surfaces, then a paint sprayer is a great option. This is often the case in new construction or if a house has been emptied for the painting. Also, exterior painting is often a great time to use a sprayer, since there are fewer concerns with overspray, and the surrounding areas can be more easily protected.

A paint sprayer is a good option for professionals, since it can apply paint to a large area more quickly. It also gives a beautiful, even coat. It isn’t always a great choice for do-it-yourselfers, however. First, the equipment can be too expensive for those who don’t use it every day like we do. Second, it takes skill and practice to get good at using it.

Do professional painters use primer?

That’s a definite affirmative! There are two main reasons why we would use primer:

  • To reduce the number of topcoats. Primer is a cheaper form of paint, so if multiple layers of paint will be needed, it makes perfect sense to use a primer for the undercoats. This is especially the case if you are painting new drywall or making a drastic change in color.
  • To prepare a surface for proper adhesion. Some surfaces will simply not hold paint well if they are not primed first. Primers are made specifically for the purpose of sticking to the substrate and giving the topcoats something firm they can grip tight to!

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and you have any more questions about professional painters, please don’t hesitate to contact us at MB JESSEE. We have a reputation for excellence and quality, and we gladly serve Contra Costa, Pacific Heights, Hillsborough, Oakland Hills and the nearby communities.

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“M.B. Jessee painted the exterior of my Spanish house over 9 years ago, and they did such an incredible job that they are still getting referrals from me today. The paint is holding up perfectly -- there is absolutely no peeling chipping or any other deterioration. I still remember that my final walk-through list consisted of items written on one side of a 3x5 index card (and I'm REAL picky about my house!) However, when Matt and I did that walk-through over HALF the items were no longer an issue, as his team had noticed them first and they had already been resolved.”

— JoAnn Newcomb

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

— Paul Markovich

“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

“Just wanted to let you know that the crew was great to have around the house for the past two weeks. All three of them were professional, courteous, and attentive to my thoughts/concerns and were extremely knowledgeable. They paid great attention to the detail and it shows.”

— Mark & Roberta Gross

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— Margo - Director Women's Cancer Resource Center

“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

“I just wanted to thank you all for doing such a phenomenal job on our recent house painting. We are very happy with the outcome and can't say enough good things about the crew. Everyone working on the project was outstanding and made it a great experience. Thanks to everyone.”

— Daylan

“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