Thursday, April 9, 2009

Interesting Fact - Repainting the Eiffel Tower

My interest in the material sciences includes paints and coatings. My father invented a homemade paint mixer and painted a three story house without using a ladder. My father used pulleys and bamboo poles to paint the shingles and the wood of our three story home that was beige and green in color. The neighbors would come and watch in amazement as he painted the entire house in a few days while my sister and I carefully painted each brick and mortar around our home's foundation.

In my readings as an information specialist in the material sciences for my company, Rosa S. Raskin & Associates, LLC, I remember reviewing a news report last February, 2009. The report stated that the 220,000 square meter surface area of the 120 year old Eiffel Tower will be repainted beginning this month, (April, 2009) and that the job would be completed by the fall of 2010 (click here to read the full news report). Three shades of a specially prepared paint/coating formula are to insure that the Eiffel Tower will appear uniform in color. The last time the Tower was painted was in 2002.

I imagine that the workmen repainting the Eiffel Tower will have no fear of painting at heights as my father did!

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