When Mark Westphal was a teenager in the early 1980s he was looking for a summer job. He would get a ride from Imperial Beach, where he grew up as the son of commander on the USS Kitty Hawk, to Coronado and knocked on people’s doors to see if they wanted some painting done. He did small jobs like repairing peeling paint and painting garage doors. Little did he know this summer job would become his career. In 1994 Westphal got a license and officially became a painting contractor.
At first he worked by himself, but these days he has a crew of seven and most of his employees have worked with him for the past 15 years.
Quality work and customer satisfaction are the most important beliefs for Westphal, which are the reasons his business has thrived over the years. “Whenever I meet ex clients I know they’ll always say the job looks great. It’s so small here, [the word] of a bad job travels fast,” he said.
“When I do a house it’s very long lasting and I don’t cut corners. I do it the right way,” he said. Westphal and his crew are working on three jobs right now. “When we get on it, we finish it,” he said.
Westphal credits his crew for the success of his business. “I have a fantastic crew, without them I wouldn’t be anywhere. My success is also due to having a hardworking crew that knows what it’s doing,” he explained.
Westphal handles all kinds of painting jobs from small rooms to entire homes, interior and exterior, acoustic removal, residential and commercial. He also does cabinet refinishing, and can work on iron and wood furniture as well. Westphal works strictly in Coronado and Imperial Beach and that’s the way he likes - keeping the area small.
“I’m only 55. I’m still looking forward to many more years of work,” he said.
Westphal often works on historical homes in Coronado. In fact, he is currently working on one on Glorietta Boulevard. Westphal enjoys bringing 100 year-old doors and windows back to life. In this particular project some windows were replaced but many original ones were kept and Westphal and his crew restored them.
“I liked painting. I liked making people’s homes protected and look beautiful. I knew I was a painter,” Westphal recalled of the early days when he started working.
Westphal is hands on and you’ll always find him on every job site. “I do a lot of the painting, I’m always here and always available,” he said. Westphal said he also often drives new customers to his different job sites to show them his work.
Westphal only uses top of the line materials. A lot has changed since he started working as a painter years ago. “Materials nowadays are becoming greener, more environmentally friendly but long lasting and low VOC (reduced amounts of volatile organic compounds), low odors but still very long lasting. We have come a long way from the old stinky paint,” he said.
This past year has been his busiest, and he’s thankful for that. With the pandemic going on his customers spent more time at home and decided to do remodeling projects.
Westphal likes what he does. “Every job is different. I work with great people and people who want to make their own homes beautiful and protected. It’s a big investment and we understand that and use the best material and do the best job. When I finish a job, I know I’ve done everything I can,” he explained.
For more information on Mark Westphal Painting call 619-300-5108 or log on www.mjwpainting.com.