Over 120 gallons of paint were used in the process - and an environmentally friendly paint at that. It was created by Richard Hart, a chemist for JFB Hart Coatings Inc. of Chicago, and designed to reduce the level of smog-forming organic compounds in the atmosphere.
"I'm really proud of this job. After all, it's the Queen Mary," said Hart back in 2008.
From what I can tell - three years later - those three iconic smokestacks are still looking great!
References: Louis Sahagun, "Goodbye, old paint: A new coat for the Queen Mary," The Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2008, under Local, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2008/11/goodbye-old-pai.html (accessed September 6, 2011).