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What are VOC

The term VOC—signifying Volatile Organic Compound—sounds dangerous and alarming, and while some of them are very hazardous, many others are extremely common and essentially harmless. VOC’s are produced by many natural means, including every plant in your home and every breath you take. They are also manufactured for use in a myriad of human enterprises, from formaldehyde to “new car smell.”

In the world of paint, VOC’s are chemical compounds that are included in many paints. Most often, these solvents are designed to create proper flow and smooth spread in the paint. As the paint dries, the VOC’s evaporate and disperse into the air, creating the familiar smell of fresh paint. There is not much specific information about how harmful these chemicals are to human health and the environment, but everyone agrees that less is better. For this reason, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and most states have created standards for maximum VOC levels in paint, and here in California, our standards are the strictest in the country. Many paint companies have voluntarily gone beyond these standards, creating excellent paints with little or no VOC content.

In general, oil-based paints need the most VOC content in their solvents for them to function properly, and latex/acrylic paints will have less. In addition, the amount of tint in a traditional paint will add VOC’s, so that darker colors have more solvents. Also, glossier paints require more solvents and commonly contain a higher level of volatile organic compounds.

Many homeowners here in the San Francisco Bay area share our concern for the environment and wish to use paints that have as little environmental impact as possible. For this reason we are proud to offer our customers the option of Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams premium-quality low-VOC and no-VOC paints. These excellent products come in every color, and achieve environmental responsibility without sacrificing performance.

At MB Jessee Painting, we believe that as painting contractors we must be serious about our responsibilities. For our customers, this means that we offer an unbeatable guarantee on all of our services. And for our environment this means examining every aspect of our business to see how we can reduce our impact on the environment, including the use of low-VOC and no-VOC paints. See our Green Plan for more details about why MB Jessee is the environmentally sound choice in painting companies.

For more than 17 years MB Jessee has been providing premium painting service to satisfied customers throughout the East Bay area. From mansions to residential high-rises, our work can be seen on display in Piedmont, Oakland Hills, Berkeley, Contra Costa, Danville, Pacific Heights, Marin and Hillsborough and throughout the greater Bay Area.

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Customer Reviews

“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

“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

“I highly recommend MB Jesse Painting to anyone looking for a professional team that does an impressive job. They are on time, efficient and clean up well each and every day they are on site. They pay attention to detail and listen to the needs of their clients. In addition, they give back to the community. A Five Star team all the way around.”

— Erin Troy

“High quality work from a pleasant and qualified staff. Thank you!”

— Paul Markovich

“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

“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

“Everyone I dealt with was nice, helpful, and very professional. The price was reasonable! (I didn't feel like I was getting the "San Francisco price." The attention to detail and work quality was excellent. They did what they said they would do in the exact timeframe they said they would do. Highly recommend!”

— Tim Tyson

“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

“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

“Hello Matt,Just another notice of thanks to your wonderful crew, Rigoberto, Javier and John. They did fantastic work, with Rigo providing meticulous and conscientious attention to the details and excellent woodwork finishing, as evidenced by the beautiful fireplace. Javier did a fantastic job in the bathroom especially, it looks "brand new," and John always does quality work, both with the interior and exterior. I can tell they care about what they do. Rigo's "punch out" was very thorough, too. I will call again when I need some more work and will definitely recommend your company and fine crew. I also felt as a homeowner, I could leave my house in their good hands during the day and that took a lot of worry from me, they were honest, prompt and reliable. They were also very kind, respectful and clean in their work, very professional. Thank you.”

— Beth Marx & Melissa Kirsch
Oakland

“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 walk through 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 Jansen