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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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“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

“Matt, Julie & Ricardo, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the three of you for the wonderful job you did in hosting the SFBA NARI Chapter Meeting on Wednesday evening. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. Members and guests alike walked away with a truly positive experience. The "painter for a day" and the cookies in the paint cans were an absolute brilliant touch and received rave reviews. What a wonderful way to do such positive marketing. Thanks again for a truly memorable experience for our members and guests. You are valued as a NARI member.”

— Judy Tufo, SFBA NARI Executive Director

“Today I received a beautiful bouquet from your company. It was totally unexpected and very much appreciated--a lovely surprise. Also today, your crew finished my job. I am so pleased with all their fine work. Richard is absolutely amazing and a total delight to work with. He was also extremely helpful during the paint color process. The interior work in my home far exceeded my expectations. A big thank you to you and the crew for an outstanding job. Thank you, thank you for a terrific job!”

— Barbara
Piedmont

“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

“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

“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
Piedmont

“I loved working with M.B. Jessee from start to finish on a relatively small paint job that grew a bit. I felt in very good hands from the moment Matt Jessee came out to give me the estimate and talk about my job. He was very easy to talk to and he handled my changes very well. Then the actual work done by Rigoberto and Mario was impeccable. They were neat and meticulous and the paint job looks beautiful. I could not have asked for more and when I did, they accommodated me 100%. I will not hesitate to call M.B. Jessee again and to refer them to friends.”

— Nancy Kurkjian

“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

“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

“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

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— Heidi B
Walnut Creek

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