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Staining a Cedar Home in Oakland Hills, CA !

Staining a Cedar Home in Oakland Hills, CA

One of our painting crews recently had the unique privilege of working on a special home here in the San Francisco area. This cedar house in Oakland Hills needed some careful cleaning and expert staining to recapture its original beauty. At MB JESSEE, all of our painters are skilled and experienced with restaining projects, but Vincente Verduzco is our true Stain Expert, and he took the lead on this Oakland Hills treasure.

Cleaning a Home with Cedar Siding

While power-washing a home exterior may look simple, it requires a good deal of skill to do it well. Inexperienced operators can cause damage to property and injury to themselves or others. Probably the most common kind of mishap is when too much pressure is applied, leading to gouging and stroke marks.

On this cedar home the wood was especially soft, meaning it required extra care to make sure no damage occurred to the surface. On the other hand, it still needed thorough cleaning to bring back the beauty of the wood. If it were being painted, the solid-color coating would have hidden anything unsightly on the surfaces. With stain, however, the wood must be truly clean since it will be seen through the stain.

Vincente and his painting crew used a low-pressure setting and close, even strokes to power-wash the exterior of the Oakland Hills home, setting the stage for the rest of the restaining project. This was done in the early hours of the day, when the sun was just starting to peek through the San Francisco morning mists.

Applying Stain to a Cedar Home

Once the home was clean and dry, we could begin applying the stain to the cedar siding. For this San Francisco area home, we used a clear coat product called Super Deck. The most efficient way to apply stain to a home exterior is spraying, but this does not always produce a completely uniform finish, and on this home, there was no room for overspray.

Vincente decided on a hybrid technique which combines efficiency with precision. First, the clear coat was sprayed onto the surface, then our painters used roller brushes to smooth out the surface and ensure smooth, uniform coverage.

Other Considerations for Bay Area Staining

We were glad to have a perfect summer day for this project, when the weather was dry and clear, but not blazing hot!

We always work hard to be accommodating to our clients, working hard to match our work schedules to their convenience. We were able to do that on this project.

Being cleanly is not necessarily a trait that people attribute to professional painters, but at MB JESSEE we want to change that. We keep our work areas clean and tidy, especially when working with an oil-based stain like we did on this project. An oil-soaked rag left in the sun can even spontaneously combust!

After the paint was all applied, we also used a dark brown paint to finish the window frames and other selected portions. This was all hand-painted, which showcases the detail-oriented craftsmanship of our expert painters.

San Francisco Area Painting Contractor

If you are looking for a San Francisco area painting contractor who will communicate clearly, show up on schedule, keep a tidy work area and take expert care of your home, MB JESSEE is the best choice. Besides Oakland Hills, we also work in Contra Costa, East Bay, and the surrounding communities.

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“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.”

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“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

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— Adam Swisher

“I want to express my thanks for a job well done. The rooms look great and there is no problem with any marks on the all the trim, floor, carpet, etc. The paint job is lovely. I also want to express my thanks for the level of professionalism the foreman showed in running the job. He was very attentive to any changes I needed to make, was extremely careful in getting the faux paint color and effect correct. Thanks so much for a job well done.”

— Suzan D’Arcy

“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

“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

“MB Jessee painters are stellar! As a designer I've worked with numerous companies over the years, and MB Jessee is a top-notch firm. From the first phone call to the final clean up, every person is courteous, professional, and hard working. The owner, Matt, is a charitable leader who has instilled his team with integrity and honesty providing the customer with a first class experience at a fair price with a paint job that is guaranteed to last. I highly recommend MB Jessee. Thank you Matt and your STAR crew-Daniel, Rigoberto, Vicente, Edy, Pedro, and Mario, for a job well executed! Cynthia Brian, ASID, Starstyle® Productions, llc”

— Cynthia Brian
Morgan, 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

“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

“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!”

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Alameda, CA