Green Painting Company

You understand the inherent environmental risks that a home makeover poses today, and so does MB Jessee.

Here are 6 questions we get asked when talking about green painting and our painting processes:

  1. What is green painting? Green painting is an area of expertise within the house or business painting industry that employs eco-friendly paints, other materials, and practices that pose very little negative impact on the environment. Green painting has nothing to do with the color, and has everything to do with the paint that contains little or none of the harmful chemicals found in conventional paints, stains, and wood finishing coats such as enamels and varnishes. It also encompasses eco-friendly painting business practices, such as the most environmentally friendly ways to dispose of materials, use of an eco-friendly fleet of vehicles, encouragement of group commuting, donation of leftover paint to charity, recycling in the office, and the practice of always recommending the least polluting paint alternative without sacrificing quality.
  2. What’s wrong with traditional paint? Traditional paints and finishes release low-level toxic emissions into the air for years after their application. These toxins come from various solvents called Volatile Organic Compounds, which until not very long ago were vital to create quality paint. VOCs release gases that can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, and eye, throat, and lung irritation, during and after painting.
  3. What are the benefits of using eco-friendly paints? The benefits are numerous; among the most important are:
    • Coating flexibility
    • Better gloss retention
    • Better face resistance
    • Reduced health risks
    • Little or no VOCs
    • Less pollution
    • Low odor
    • Easier clean-up
    • Safer environment
    • Reduced waste
    • Improved durability
  4. What exactly are VOCs? When you paint a wall or other surface, the paint takes a few hours to dry. As the paint dries, and for many years afterwards, it releases gases from its liquid form. These harmful gases emitted by the paint as it dries are called VOCs. Among the VOCs we can name: benzene, toluene, naphthalene, and formaldehyde. Their function is to improve the paint’s capacity to spread, and to act as biocides and fungicides. However, in rooms without proper ventilation, these gases can harm human lungs and other organs over time. For example, the exposure to formaldehyde can cause eye watering and burning sensations in eyes, nose, and throat. It can also produce chest tightness and panting, and has been classified by EPA as a possible carcinogen. Today, the highest quality paints dry while releasing very low amounts of VOCs, ensuring people’s safety and comfort.
  5. Are eco-friendly paints more expensive? No, they aren’t. Due to the ever-increasing demand for healthier painting alternatives, the prices have now equaled to those of traditional paints.
  6. Are eco-friendly paints of lesser quality? Absolutely not; in fact, Consumer Reports has released an assessment of 57 interior paints currently on the market, including those with low or no VOCs, which were evaluated for hiding performance, surface smoothness, resistance to staining and scrubbing, gloss change, sticking, mildew, and fading, and some eco-friendly brands ranked among the first three places.

MB Jessee has always placed a high priority on corporate responsibility, and started looking closely at how we were doing business and its impact on the environment.

We acknowledge the dangers of some of the products used in the painting industry, and have studied ways to update our painting practices and become more conscious of the world we live in. We have identified where our greatest environmental impacts come from, and are constantly taking steps to reduce the negative impact our business has on the environment. We are dedicated to learning, understanding, and implementing new products and techniques that will be safer for the environment and your family.

We proudly recognize ourselves as a green company, one that honors the promise we live and work by:

  • To take responsibility
  • To never question our customers
  • To care for your home or business
  • To always do the right thing

We offer interior painting, complete exteriors, custom color experts, unique wood stains, decorative finishes, and residential and commercial painting services with a high level of professionalism.

Being an environmentally responsible company takes time, dedication, and the participation of employees and customers alike. In today's world, it is a concept that is far too important to overlook, and to be honest… it has been an amazing ride!

We welcome you to contact us to learn more about our eco-friendly painting services.


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Customer Reviews

“I just wanted to send you an email to say that John did such a great job over here today. He is truly a hard worker. He has the perfect balance of friendliness, honesty, and professionalism. I trust him. He takes the time to do the job to the best of his ability and that is what sets him (and your company) apart from the competition. He didn't make me feel rushed. He really made me feel like our job was the most important thing in the world. Thanks again!”

— Jo
Oakland

“Our paint crew did a great job and the foreman, Gersson was exceptionally great to work with. He was always available to answer questions, good at problem-solving, very patient, kind, and highly professional with great customer service. We definitely recommend this company, and Gersson and his crew.”

— Andrea Y.
Berkeley, CA

“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

“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 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

“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

“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

“Charles finished yesterday and did a fantastic job. We really enjoyed meeting Charles and having him in our home. He is a great guy in addition to his attention to detail in his work, the protection of our floors, walls and furnishings, and his overall interaction with us both. I would be pleased to recommend him to any of my clients.”

— Ken Morrison
Oakland

“Matt, We are very happy with how all of the painting worked out. We were extremely impressed with the quality of the work in the bathroom. I liked working with Victor, he and Marvin were extremely conscientious about doing a great job, not just the minimum. I know the front door took a lot longer than you'd expected. But they did it PERFECTLY. We never thought it could turn out like that! Thanks again for the great work. We'll be calling you again in the future!”

— Craig
Alameda, 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

“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

“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