San Diego’s Most Trusted Exterior House Painters
Painting serves two purposes: to protect and to beautify. At J. Brown Painting & Cleaning Services, we put a lot of emphasis on the protection aspect. What are we protecting from? UV rays and moisture. Who knew water and the sun, two things so vital to life, can also destroy your home!
When you see chipping and peeling paint on your house, moisture is getting behind that failing paint and slowly eating away at that substrate. When you see large cracks and holes in your siding and around window and door trim, that is another access point for moisture.
Our Exterior Painting Process
You’ve probably heard that painting is 90% prep. You heard right. It’s imperative that the prep work is done right, or the entire paint job will be compromised. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, particularly during the prep work process.
For our exterior house painting services, we start by pressure washing all the dirt, dust, cobwebs, bird droppings, mold, mildew, and algae off of the house. Paint won’t stick to that! Next, we scrape any chipping, cracking, or peeling paint. Anything you can get your finger nail under, we scrape that off using a 5-in-1 scraping tool. We then power sand any remaining ridges to ensure a smooth finish. Anywhere there is bare wood or we’ve heavily sanded, we will prime. We then caulk any large cracks and fill any holes with Bondo, unless we’re replacing the wood entirely. Finally, we apply one to two coats of 100% acrylic exterior paint from either Dunn Edwards or Sherwin Williams.
If you’re looking for a quote or more information about our exterior painting services in San Diego, please contact us today at 619-356-0830 or complete our contact form!
Exterior Painting Services
All of our paint jobs include a power wash of the items to be painted. We use a commercial pressure washer to remove any contaminants that might prevent the paint from properly adhering to the house. These include dirt, dust, cobwebs, spider webs, bird droppings, sap, mold, mildew and algae.
Our team always ensures that nothing is damaged on the interior of your home in the pressure washing process. Before we get started, we ask our clients to shut their windows and doors before we begin power washing. We are also careful not to spray directly at windows, doors, or vents. In addition, we take every precaution so as not to damage any part of the exterior of your house.This is achieved by using the proper tip and distance from the item being washed, and covering or removing anything that would be damaged by water.
We use 3 tools to scrape off chipping and peeling paint from your home: a 5-in-1 scraper, a putty knife for extra stubborn paint chips, and a carbide scraper for those tough corners with failing paint. By removing the old, failing paint, this provides the new paint a sound surface for it to properly adhere to. This insures longevity of your new paint job.
As a leading exterior house painting company in San Diego, we use power tools such as orbital sanders and angle grinders to sand down those heavy ridges often left behind from just scraping alone. This ensures that your house looks nice and smooth when the final coat of paint is applied.
We prime anywhere there is a bare substrate (wood, metal, stucco, etc) and any area that we’ve heavily sanded. This is because paint won’t stick to bare substrates. Paint will however, stick to a non-failing coat of paint. Often times, if your home is really chipping and uneven, we will take it a step further. Instead of just scraping and sanding, we will either use exterior spackle to smooth out the roughness, or mix a high-end primer with two tubes of 55 year siliconized acrylic caulk and roll it on to fill in the cracks. This works like a charm!
We caulk both wood and stucco. This ensures that no water gets behind the substrate and causes it to rot or delaminate. We use 55 year siliconized acrylic caulk, which has a ton of flexibility. This means that when your house shifts or your wood “breathes” (expands and contracts), the caulk flexes with it, instead of cracking, which would allow moisture in.
Bondo is a filler that dries as hard as concrete.We use it to repair holes in the wood on your home. It can be sanded smooth, primed, and painted.
One commonly used method for applying paint in San Diego is spraying. This saves us time, which saves you money. The drawback to spraying paint is overspray. Overspray means getting paint on things it shouldn’t be on. This happens because the atomized paint particles travel through the air, and might go off course, particularly if it is windy or the pressure on the sprayer is too high. With this in mind, our crew is extremely careful to not only use shields, but also protect your valuables from overspray. We use painter’s plastic and paper, as well as drop cloths, to cover things like glass on windows and doors, cars, landscaping, light fixtures, floors, concrete, etc.
We use a combination of three methods to apply paint: brushing, rolling, and spraying. We typically opt for the most efficient method, as this saves you money. We usually spray the body of your home, and brush and roll the fascia and window trim.
As for the paint itself, we use high grade paint from Sherwin Williams or Dunn Edwards. We always write the specific product the job is bid for on our contracts, not just the paint manufacturer, so you know what you’re actually paying for.
Our team of exterior house painters will walk around your home with you and meticulously study our work to ensure you’re happy with everything. We happily provide you with blue tape to mark anything and everything you would like to have improved. Only once you are completely satisfied with our exterior painting services do we ask for the remaining balance.
Our crew does a daily clean-up, including the final clean up. Rest assured that all paint chips will be vacuumed up, all equipment will be taken with, all masking will be taken down, and all lawn furniture and hoses will be put back.
Frequently Asked Questions
What sheen should exterior be?
For the sheen of your exterior, we recommend using a flat paint because it hides any imperfections your home might have much better than a paint with a high sheen does. Flat paint is also less expensive to apply, and significantly easier to touch up in the future.
How long does a paint job take?
How long a paint job takes depends on the condition of the house, what all needs to be painted, how many coats, how many colors, what sheen, how big the house is, how long it’s been since it was last painted, etc.
How long does a paint job last?
How long a paint job lasts depends on weather, what substrates your house is made out of, what kind of paint was used, how many coats, etcetera. Generally speaking, one of our paint jobs will last at least 10 years on stucco, and 5-7 years on exterior wood.
What kind of paint is the best?
Every paint manufacturer has a good, better, best paint. With that said, we think Dunn Edwards or Sherwin Williams makes the best paint. Their products are very high quality and quite comparable. Dunn Edwards’ paints are usually slightly less expensive.
How long should exterior paint job last?
How long an exterior paint job lasts depends on weather, what substrates your house is made out of, what kind of paint was used, how many coats, etcetera. Generally speaking, one of our paint jobs will last at least 10 years on stucco, and 5-7 years on exterior wood.
How often should you paint your house?
For the interior of your house, we recommend painting at least every 10 years depending on the amount of traffic you get. If you decide to rent out or sell your house, we suggest having it painted before doing so. It will increase the likelihood that the house sells or rents, and will increase the overall value.
How many coats of paint should you do?
For interior painting in San Diego, we recommend at least two coats, particularly for coverage reasons. Sometimes, if you use the exact same paint, color, and sheen, you can get away with one coat, if you’re on a tight budget.
For exterior painting we also recommend two coats, both for coverage and for durability.
Are you insured and bonded?
Yes, we are insured and bonded. We have a $15,000 California Contractor’s bond and have a $2,000,000 aggregate liability insurance policy.
Are you licensed?
Yes, we are licensed. Our contractor license number is 1050874.
Do you have examples of work you've done?
Yes, please visit https://www.jbrownpainting.com/gallery/
What kind of paint do you use?
We use Dunn Edwards or Sherwin Williams paint for our projects. They make top-of-the-line paint and have excellent warranties on their products.
What if we find dry rot?
If we find dry rot in the painting process, we will ask you if you’d like us to make a temporary fix such as bondo, or, if you’d like to replace the wood entirely. Fortunately, our crew also does wood replacement, so you don’t have to hire a separate contractor.
Who will be there to answer my questions or to address any concerns I may have throughout the project?
Our founder, Justin Brown, will be on every jobsite both painting and overseeing the project to address any concerns our clients have. Justin not only does the estimates, but also does the painting to ensure that what was promised during the estimate gets fulfilled during the production process. In other words, the hand you shake, is the hand that paints.
Will you complete my job in a timely manner without interruption?
At J Brown Painting & Cleaning Services, we work consecutive weekdays (sometimes even weekends) until the job is done, weather permitting. We are known for our work ethic and short turn-around time.
What hours do your crews work?
We typically work 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, but can be flexible at the client’s request. If you are in a serious rush, we can start earlier, and work later, including weekends.
What kind of prep work do you do?
For interior painting, we start our prep work process by removing all outlet covers, so we can paint behind them. We then protect the floors with both drop cloths and painter’s plastic. Next, we remove any curtain or towel rods that would prevent us from painting the walls. All holes are then patched and textured as needed.
For exterior painting, we start our prep work process by power washing all the areas to be painted. We then scrape and power sand any chipping or peeling paint. Next, any areas that are heavily sanded or bare, get primed to ensure good adhesion. All cracks are caulked and holes filled. Finally, anything that isn’t meant to be painted is masked and protected.
Do you need any money down?
For a deposit, we only ask for 10%. The other 90% isn’t collected until the job is complete and you are completely satisfied with the work.
Is the price I’ve been quoted the out-the-door price?
Yes, 98% of the time, the price we quote you is the out-the-door price. There are no hidden fees or taxes. Unless there is some substantial wood rot or unexpected additional work that was not evident or discussed during the estimate, the price will stay the same. We put all of the specific items to be painted, as well as the prep work, paint products, and colors in writing so there is no miscommunication.
Do you spray, or roll the paint?
We spray or roll the paint, or both, depending on the project. We are happy to bid the job out both ways at the client’s request. We’ve found that the best medium is to spray and backroll. Spraying the paint saves us time, which saves you money, while the backrolling promotes better adhesion. This method is truly the best of both worlds.
Laura A. – Kate Sessions
Justin is great! He is professional, thorough, prompt and honest. I wish I met him before we had one of the big corporate companies paint the inside of our house. Justin painted the exterior and did a much better job. He did very thorough prep and knew what he was talking about while discussing paint options. He first power washed the house to remove all cobwebs, eggs (yes, we were egged several times), dirt, etc. He always cleaned up at the end of each day, and he stuck with the schedule and budget he gave us. I will definitely call him the next time we have a need, and would recommend him to anyone.
Sarah M. – West Clairemont Tecolote
J. Brown made our old house absolutely beautiful! Timely, clean, easy to be around, took care of everything -- even the little things we didn't know we'd need done. What started as a power wash turned into a full exterior paint job and it looks amazing. Thank you so much Justin!!
Trish MacDonald – North PB
As promised, we're working with Justin again to paint the exterior of our house. And couldn't be happier. 🙂 Same nice, professional guy doing an exceptional job! It's hard to find good exterior painters in San Diego. Justin is everything you'd want in a contractor: timely, friendly, dependable, and affordable. And clean! We worked with him to paint the interior of our old home, plus the kitchen cabinets and recently had him clean the windows of our new home. We plan to use him again to paint the inside and exterior of our new home soon too. Highly recommend!