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Should I buy expensive paint?

When you put a gallon of milk beside a gallon of gas and a gallon of paint, why do the first two cost less than $5, but the paint can cost 10 times more? Is it really worth it to buy high-end paints? Well, unless you plan to paint with milk or gas, you’re going to have to spend more than five dollars! But should you spend more to get expensive paints?

Why is some paint more expensive?

That colored liquid looks so simple, but paint is really a high-tech product, including binders (to make it stick), solvents (to keep it liquid until it’s on the wall), pigments (providing the color) and other additives for stabilizing, thickening, preserving, or for killing/preventing mildew.

Most of the cost of expensive paint is because of higher-quality ingredients that go into the mixture. They will hide the previous coat better. They will provide more consistent color. They will adhere better, resist scrubbing and staining longer, and they will brush on smoother.

What’s the difference between cheap and expensive paint in terms of results?

A good painter can make a wall look good using cheap paints. However, that same painter can make a wall look spectacular with high-quality paints. But the initial look is just the beginning; lower quality paints may fade or change color, may stain or scuff, or they may lose their sheen with scrubbing. In the case of exterior paint, they may begin to flake and peel long before you are ready to paint again.

Quality paints with premium ingredients will not just look great on the day you move back into the painted rooms; they will look excellent for many years to come!

Can you tell the difference between budget paint and expensive paint?

Most people looking at a freshly painted wall won’t be able to tell the difference, as long as the painting procedure was done correctly. However, time will make the difference obvious, as cheaper coatings wear out, while quality paints still look great.

Expensive paints often come with a warranty.

One oft-neglected feature of paints is the warranty. A quality name brand paint will stand behind its product, and if it is proven that your paint failed prematurely due to a product failure, they will replace it for free. Additionally, some professional painters offer warranties that cover not only the cost of the paint, but also the labor for applying the replacement coating. Make sure you talk to your paint store or your painting contractor about the details of their paint warranties.

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“The painters at MB Jesse are top notch! Cesar's team was super friendly and helpful. They were very polite and accommodating. Their expertise in everything painting related was evident in their attention to detail and efficiency painting tricky spaces. The apartment looks brand new!”

— Adam Swisher

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

“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

“MB Jessee just finished our exterior and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The foreman (Pedro) and lead painter (Ricardo) were incredible to work with: they communicated scheduling clearly, Ricardo was a joy to be around every day, the showed up early every day, were incredibly tidy and did great paint work. The final walkthrough experience was incredible. Pedro pointed out items I missed demonstrating a clear desire to complete another quality project. I highly recommend them. As others have noted they definitely aren't the cheapest but you quickly realize that you're getting what you pay for. The 3-year guarantee is also a nice touch since there are likely touch-up items that will show up after the job is done.”

— Joshua J.
Oakland, CA

“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

“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

“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