Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Queen Mary Stack Beautification

In 2008, the Queen Mary's funnels were repainted to their original "Cunard Red" color after years of fading in the harsh California sun. An original paint chip was used to get the color just right, which proved to be an astounding success.

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).

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