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What Causes Premature Exterior Paint Failure? !

What Causes Premature Exterior Paint Failure?

If you’ve invested numerous hours (and/or dollars) into your home’s new exterior paint, the last thing you want to see is the tell-tale signs of failure after a few years. After all, a quality paint job should last close to a decade, and especially if it is cared for with routine maintenance.

So, this leaves you with a critical question: what went wrong?

Or, (and we hope this is your scenario) if you haven’t painted yet, how can you avoid this disappointing problem altogether?

5 Common Causes of Exterior Paint Failure

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  • Poor Surface Preparation - Most homeowners don’t realize this, but 80% of a paint job’s success is determined before a can is even opened. This deep level of preparation can include thorough cleaning, repairs, sanding, patching, caulking, etc... If this initial time investment isn’t made, it’s like building an attractive structure on a cracking, crumbling foundation.

  • Poor Quality Paint - We covered this subject in another article (you can find it right here). Quality paint is worth the investment, providing superior color retention, adhesion, and longevity.

  • Rushing the Process - This is common with DIY (do-it-yourself) paint jobs, or with work completed by shoddy paint contractors. Minimizing or rushing the steps of the process will compromise the integrity of your finish.

  • Working in the Wrong Conditions - Few people would paint in the rain, but did you know that not letting your siding dry completely is just as dangerous? Or, that painting in direct, baking sunlight will cause your finish to not cure as well? An eye on the sky and thorough knowledge of best exterior painting practices is absolutely essential.

  • Using the Incorrect Paint - This is becoming less of an issue these days, especially for new homes, but it is crucial that you know what kind of paint was used before. If you try to apply a new latex paint over an old oil-based product without the right prep techniques, for example, their incompatibility will become obvious quickly.

Skill and Experience Are Essential When It Comes to Exterior House Painting

For all of the reasons above, we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to be able to hand your project to a qualified, experienced, reputable painting company. Here are a couple of resources to help you find a trustworthy pro:

If you have questions about painting your Bay Area home, give us a call at MB Jessee! It would be our pleasure to serve you.

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“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

“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

“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

“I love the article in the paper on your company. Thank you for supporting our community by painting at the Claremont Middle School. Thanks!”

— Carla Banks

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

“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

“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