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The 4 Keys to Beautiful, Lasting Interior Paint !

The 4 Keys to Beautiful, Lasting Interior Paint

A lot of folks out there think that interior painting is simply the act of putting paint on a wall. And, in many ways it is... But, that’s a little like saying a car is just a vehicle that goes down the road.

When you dig a little deeper you discover that not all paint jobs look or perform the same, just as you can’t compare a tired, wheezing old car with a sleek luxury model. The difference is found in the quality of the components, the craftsmanship, and the attention to detail that was invested in the process.

Anyone can throw paint on a wall, but it will just never look as good or perform as well as paint that is skillfully chosen and applied.

So, how can you get the very most of your interior painting update?

Setting Your Home Painting Project Up for Success

#1 Quality Paint Products

Not all paint is created equal. As enticing as bargain options may be, investing in more premium brands provides a difference that becomes obvious as soon as you open the can.

Here are a few key benefits of using a quality paint:

  • Easier, smoother application
  • Better color retention
  • Longevity
  • Superior adhesion
  • Environmentally-friendly options are available
  • Increased durability and protection for the surface

#2 Use the Correct Sheen for the Surface

Sheen refers to the product’s level of glossiness. Lower sheen options (like satin or matte), are best used on surfaces that will not see a lot of action, like ceilings. The paint is forgiving and smooth, easily covering minor blemishes, but it is not very durable. Glossy paint is typically used on trim, while an eggshell or semigloss performs well on walls.

The key is to choose a more glossy, durable option for those surfaces that see the most wear and tear.

#3 Fall In Love with Neutrals

This particular point is directed more toward style longevity. In other words, you won’t need to repaint in 6 months when a super trendy paint color is no longer in vogue.

Neutrals are extremely popular, ranging the spectrum from cool (even white!) to warm and earthy. For a little inspiration, check out these specific examples of 2017 color trends and products.

#4 Preparation Before Interior Painting

A quality painter always starts the job with thorough surface preparation. If the surface isn’t prepped, the paint (no matter how expensive) simply won't perform to its potential.

Every job should start with:

  • Patching/repairs
  • Gentle sanding
  • Thorough dusting/cleaning
  • Priming, as needed (always necessary over patched holes)

Find a Local Painter Who Is Committed to Quality!

Much like paint products, you can always find a cheap painter. But, at the end of the day, how much more will it cost to repair shoddy work or have to repaint twice as often? It’s much more cost-effective, satisfying, and relaxing to invest in a painting professional you absolutely know will do the job right.


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“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

“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

“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

“The finish on my kitchen cabinets had failed, becoming tacky and grimy around the handles. M B Jessee gave me a reasonable quote, far below some others, and did an outstanding job, striping the original varnish and refinishing with a new lacquer finish. The cabinets look like new. Work was done 1 day faster than estimated. The crew was extremely hard-working, considerate, and neat. Highly recommend M B Jessee.”

— Thama B.
San Francisco, 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

“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
Piedmont

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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
Orinda