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Old 08-13-2015, 06:19 PM   #1
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I just read this in a local newspaper (Orlando Sentinel, although I refer to it as the Orlando Slantinel). I thought some would find it interesting.

The Eiffel Tower has changed color several times over the years. Today, the tower is painted with three shades of "Eiffel Tower Brown." The bottom of the tower is the darkest shade. The middle section is slightly lighter, and the top section is the lightest. The different shades make the tower appear to be one color when viewed against the sky.

The Eiffel Tower was originally painted by hand and has been repainted the same traditional way for more than 125 years. It takes more than 66 tons of paint for a full repaint. The Eiffel Tower has been repainted 18 times.

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I just read this in a local newspaper (Orlando Sentinel, although I refer to it as the Orlando Slantinel). I thought some would find it interesting.

The Eiffel Tower has changed color several times over the tears. Today, the tower is painted with three shades of "Eiffel Tower Brown." The bottom of the tower is the darkest shade. The middle section is slightly lighter, and the top section is the lightest. The different shades make the tower appear to be one color when viewed against the sky.

The Eiffel Tower was originally painted by hand and has been repainted the same traditional way for more than 125 years. It takes more than 66 tons of paint for a full repaint. The Eiffel Tower has been repainted 18 times.

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I wonder how much that contract is.
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I bet they are using Aura
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I wonder how much that contract is.
i think it's on AL as a big deal special
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Just whatever trivia? Kinda

Not that its why they changed the color in this case. But maybe. Steel. Bridges, overpasses and alike. They change the color if only slightly so they can tell everything got coated that time. All the nuts, bolts, brackets and so on they'd jump out at u that they weren't coated with a color change. Same exact color? Up in the air with all them parts? Too tempting to cheat. And too hard to pick up on it.
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66 tons by hand.....How many brushes is that? I doubt they clean a single one.
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From the Eiffel Tower website


A FEW FIGURES for a Repainting Campaign :
250,000 m2 of surface to paint ;
25 painters all of them specialists in work on metallic structures at great heights and on towers, and completely unaffected by vertigo ;
60 tonnes of paint ;
the weight of eroded paint between two painting campaigns is estimated at 15 tonnes ;
50 kilometres of safety lines ;
2 hectares of safety nets ;
1,500 brushes ;
1,500 overalls ;
5,000 sanding disks ;
1,000 "scrub planes" (scrapers) ;
1,000 pairs of leather gloves ;
Budget : around 4 million Euros
Duration : around 18 months, without ever closing the monument to the public
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I wonder if they ever step back to admire their work ?


Well, maybe just once.



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I wonder if they ever step back to admire their work ?


Well, maybe just once.
C'est magnifiiiiiiiiiiiiiique!!!!
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I was just there in february and I commented to my wife that it needed painted. I could see rust all over it as we went up the stairs and elevators.
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And 4 million Euros seems cheap to paint it. 25 painters for a year and a half. Plus all the material.
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And 4 million Euros seems cheap to paint it. 25 painters for a year and a half. Plus all the material.
I agree... But can they work year round there or no?
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250,000 m2? That's it?

At 4 million, I wonder why they don't invest in an electrostatic sprayer, and squirt it...
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That would have added 1188 tons over the years. I wonder if the engineers envisioned that?
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That would have added 1188 tons over the years. I wonder if the engineers envisioned that?
I was wondering the same until I read Lynn's post

"the weight of eroded paint between two painting campaigns is estimated at 15 tonnes "

So that's only 45 tonnes added each repaint, but as we all can imagine, to the amount "eroded" one could add whatever they remove during prep. Plus, again as we all know, when paint dries, it loses mass.

But this is beyond my pay scale so I won't start crying "Mon Dieu, ze sky, she iz falling" until I read about it on the interweb.



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Hey DaArch is that you in that picture?
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Reminds me of a painting company I had as a customer for a while in San Diego. They had a five year contract to paint the Coronado Bay bridge. It took so long with all of the sandblasting and prep work that they would paint down one side to the end, turn back and do the other side, and it would already be time to start back down the first side again. They had to use an acrylic DTM because of the draconian VOC laws and it just didn't hold up well against the sun and salt water. During a typical five year period they would paint the bridge 1 1/2 times. That was thirty years ago and I don't know if anything has changed though. Hopefully they have found quicker way to do it.
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