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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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“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

“The entire MB Jessee team is courteous, efficient and professional. From scheduling and estimating to the crew managers and crew, they all did an excellent job on a small (but complicated) two room project in my house. I'm already thinking about getting them scheduled for the next project in the spring.”

— Cari Cheney

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

“Awesome work by highly experienced, professional painters. They were: Conscious about the amount of time it would take. Ours had a lot of pre-work and took 3 weeks. Accommodating when we added a few last-minute changes Understanding when a heatwave hit and we remove some of the plastic sheeting over windows, which they had to put back up the next day. Accessible, especially the on-site crew (Hi Jose & Victor!) -- always answering questions and checking in. The end result is a perfect paint job that makes our 94-year-old house look brand new. I would definitely hire MBJ again”

— Stacey R.
Oakland, CA

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Thank you for the support you have given the Women's Cancer Resource Center over the past year!”

— Margo - Director Women's Cancer Resource Center

“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

“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