Care for surroundings.  Thorough Cleaning and Preparation. Best Primers and Paints.


This old house in Noe Valley, the first I painted in
San Francisco, required serious preparation.
Prepping wood frame house in San Francisco / mid 1970's. Marshall Johnson Painting.


Southern Marin County, Ca.
C2 brand warm gray and white, house exterior.

C2 Exterior Paint Belvedere

C2 Exterior Paint 2
C2 Exterior Paint 3

C2 Exterior Paint 4. Fine Paints of Europe, Front Door

Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac Brilliant, front door.

Fine Paints of Europe, Hollandlac Brilliant



We painted two unusual greens with red ironwork on this distinctive house (center) in Pacific Heights, San Francisco.Pacific Heights, San Francisco. Marshall Johnson Painting



San Francisco Mission District House built in 1907. 
We painted this house blue in 1996; green in 2009.
2009: Before………………….2009: After

………..Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac Brilliant, Tulip Red front doors and railing. Marshall Johnsaon Painting.

Tulip Red: Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac Brilliant. San Francisco Mission District. Marshall Johnson Painting.                                    Doors and railings are painted with the classic 
Fine Paints of Europe Tulip Red brilliant finish.




We painted this classic San Francisco house in 2012 in the upper Castro / Noe Valley district.
Before                                                After:  Benjamin Moore AURA

Upper Castro, SF Upper Castro / Noe V Upper Castro, SF Upper Castro, SF Benjamin Moore AURA


Decorative accents. Benjamin Moore AURA. Marshall Johnson Painting

Benamin Moore AURA on SF garage. Marshall Johnson Painting


Same house:  Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac Brilliant.  Front door.Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac Brilliant. Marshall Johnson Painting


Hollandlac Brilliant and BM AURA. Marshall Johnson Painting


Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac Brilliant. Marshall Johnson Painting




For this San Rafael house and two-story separate garage
we did significant stucco preparation and patching.

………….opening cracks and preparing aged woodwork
For patched and distressed areas: Mad Dog pre-priming.
Deep yellow C2 primer for full priming. 

prepped, Mad Dog primed, beginning C2 colored priming………….C2 Exterior primer and paint. San Rafael, CA. Marshall Johnson Painting.
Yellow C2 finish paint. Sikkens Cetol on new garage door. Stucco: C2 exterior paint. San Rafael, CA. Marshall Johnson Painting.

This beautiful new cedar door we finished with Sikkens

Cetol mahogany.




Kent Woodlands, Marin County
We painted this exterior once, and for the same
owners again, 14 years later.Kent Woodlands, Marin County, CA: Beautiful warm gray house in the wooded hills


Belvedere Island, Marin County.
For this large custom-built front door with extreme exposure, we stripped the weathered varnish to bare wood, saturated it with epoxy sealer, filled cracks with epoxy, stained, and applied many coats of Epifanes brand marine varnish.
Stripped to bare woodPreparing to seal with Smith & Co CPES.
Sanding intermediate gloss coat…….Final satin finishEpifanes marine from the Netherlands. Marshall Johnson Painting.…….Belvedere, CA. Final coat of Epifanes marine varnish is satin finish. Marshall Johnson Painting.

For this same house we stained large steel awnings, and stained and waxed steel windows and doors.  See Staining Steel.


The front gates.
Steel: Stain and wax.   Wood: Stain and satin Epifanes marine varnish.

Belvedere, CA. Front Gates. Marshall Johnson Painting. IMG_0964








1983.  For the exterior of Harry Murphy’s house in Fairfax, Marin County, we submerged the 20′ long clear cedar siding boards in a custom-built trough filled with oil-based stain.  The small picture shows the boards drying.Fairfax, CA. Staining cedar siding boards before installation. Marshall Johnson Painting. After the carpenters installed the siding it was sand-blasted to create an evenly pitted texture.  From scaffolding we stained the exposed blasted surface of the siding again, two full-length boards at a time. Three painters passed the wet edge, in a relay on three levels.  No lap marks allowed on this job! Fairfax, CA. Marshall Johnson Painting.See Interiors page for more of this house.


Re-staining this house for the new owner, in 2013:IMG_1573
IMG_1546 - Version 3 IMG_1520









San Anselmo, Marin County, Ca.  Late 1970’s.





Rural Santa Rosa, Sonoma CountyFarm house in Sonoma County, CA



Belvedere, Marin County

Wood and Steel.
More at Staining Steel



Oakmont Village, Sonoma CountyOakmont, Sonoma


San Francisco
Restoring a 90-year old redwood gutter with
Smith & Co.
epoxy products. Click photo twice.
Stucco Color Tests.


San Geronimo, Marin County, Ca.
The “After” photo shows not just a fresher-looking house, but
a more qualitative, integrated appearance.
Color consultation: Stephanie Furniss Design.

Before…………………………….After (click photos to enlarge)…..


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