Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Gold Leaf Application To Capitol Dome

Gold Leaf Repair 

Recently the crew has been regilding the 24k gold dome of the Colorado State Capitol Building.   During the Summer of 2019, we sandblasted the domes' copper ribs to bare metal and repainted them using a Fluorokem product from Sherwin Williams.  This work was done because the original coatings applied by other contractors had failed entirely during the initial restoration in 2014.  During the sandblasting in 2019, the gold-leafed roof was damaged in a few spots so we have been spending some time regilding the dome with Manetti Gold Leaf from Italy.   Applying the thin gold leaf sheets to a dome 300' in the air with no wind protection is a daunting task because the sheets of gold are lighter than air and can be blown with any gust of wind.  

Top Ball, After

Top Ball, Before

Gold Leaf Panel

Box of 24k Gold Leaf From Italy

Gold Leaf Repair

Gilding Repair Work

Gold Leaf Repair Around Windows

Gold Leaf Before Brushing

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Painting Towers In The Wilderness

 Painting Towers In Alaska

We had the amazing opportunity to spend 2 months in Kodiak Alaska during the Fall of 2020 painting a Loran tower for the United States Coast Guard.   The work consisted of removing lead-based loose and flaking paint with HEPA vacuums while recoating the entire tower with a product called Rust Grip.  The tower went from aviation orange to silver within 3 weeks after prep work.

What's not to love about spending time in Alaska?  On the off days, the crew went deep sea fishing in the Pacific, flying floatplanes to Katmai National Park, and lots of site seeing.  The Kodiak Island bears are big and abundant and everywhere you turn.  We saw the bears almost every day leaving the house for the job site, what a wild adventure we had in Kodiak Alaska.

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At 300' painting

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Bears of Kodiak

Local Russian Architecture

Floatplane to Katmai

Jobsite Fox

The Tower

Deep-Sea Fishing

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