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

“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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Thank you for the support you have given the Women's Cancer Resource Center over the past year!”

— Margo - Director Women's Cancer Resource Center

“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

“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

“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

“MB Jessee painters are stellar! As a designer I've worked with numerous companies over the years, and MB Jessee is a top-notch firm. From the first phone call to the final clean up, every person is courteous, professional, and hard working. The owner, Matt, is a charitable leader who has instilled his team with integrity and honesty providing the customer with a first class experience at a fair price with a paint job that is guaranteed to last. I highly recommend MB Jessee. Thank you Matt and your STAR crew-Daniel, Rigoberto, Vicente, Edy, Pedro, and Mario, for a job well executed! Cynthia Brian, ASID, Starstyle® Productions, llc”

— Cynthia Brian
Morgan, CA