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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What's up!

Bears of Kodiak

Local Russian Architecture

Floatplane to Katmai

Jobsite Fox

The Tower

Deep-Sea Fishing

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Tower Painting

Recently one of our crews was in sunny southern California painting communication towers.  Towers are one of the hardest structures to paint thoroughly because of all the corners, crevices, and bolts.  You have to be sure to apply all the paint to all the surfaces to the manufactures specifications all the while dealing with the weather.  We do this by taking our time and thoroughly preparing and applying the coatings then we spend many hours or even days doing touch-ups of spots we had missed.  It's not easy, especially with rattlesnakes and condors lurking about the job site but the end results are why our clients keep coming back to us for their tower painting needs.

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Friday, February 19, 2021


Gilding the gold dome

Award winners were announced during a virtual presentation on June 17, 2020

Arvada, CO – 6/9/20 – On June 17, 2020, BASE Painters was awarded 1st place in the Specialty Project category for CoatingsPro Magazine’s fourth annual Contractor Awards Program. The program was designed to showcase and recognize the projects and crews that demonstrate excellence in the field of high-performance commercial and industrial coatings.

Project and individual submissions were rated by the CoatingsPro Editorial Advisory Group, composed of industry experts. Due to the novel coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) the magazine was unable to present the awards in person during NACE International’s annual conference. They were celebrated instead in the magazine’s first virtual award presentation.

BASE Painter’s winning project: Colorado State Capitols Dome Painting Warranty Project. During the summer of 2018 & 2019, the company removed failed coatings on the golden dome down to bare copper with vapor blasters and repainted with a long-lasting Sherwin Williams Fluorokem HS product The failed coatings were initially installed by a third party during the 2016 multimillion-dollar rehabilitation of the State Capitols building exterior and dome.



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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Painting Magazine Front Cover

We made it!  One of our team members was selected to be on the front cover of inPaint Magazine.   We spend all year traveling to different cities whilst climbing and painting some of the most iconic structures in the country.  Utilizing mostly rope access methods we apply thousands of gallons of paint to elevated steel of stadiums, roller coasters, towers, and buildings.

On this cover, you will see Brandon painting a baseball stadium's roof in the Midwest of the USA.   

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Our Painters Keep You Cool On A Hot Summers Day!

Not only do we paint steel but from time to time we are called upon to coat other things such as this water slide at the Pirates Cove Water Park in Denver, Colorado.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

You won’t fly into the radio towers we paint!!

Painting self-support towers is one of our specialties.  With this tower, we teamed up with Anchor Paint to use their proprietary Flexi-Coat Aviation Coating Series to paint the orange and white bands to FAA color and gloss standards. 

Hundreds of Turkey Vultures and Black Vultures regularly roost on this tower so prep work was of the utmost importance to establish a good foundation before the application of the coating.  Prep work consisted of pressure washing, hand and power tool cleaning to remove built-up dirt and rust (SSPC 1, 2, 3).   

Tower banding was first introduced to towers back in the 1930s to provide a contrasting background from the tower and sky so aviators could easily see them and gauge how tall they might be.  Towers are divided into bands depending on their height, for example, a tower less than 700' will have 7 bands, and towers up to 900' will have 9 bands and so forth.  

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