For decades, motivated groups of local volunteers have dedicated a day to painting the Pier. With limited time and money, these paint jobs did not include prepping and used readily available paint. The result: the Pier needed to be repainted every 6 to 10 months. PierPride’s first project was to have the Pier painted professionally—and have it last 10 years instead of 10 months. In the Spring of 2017, work began on the first professional painting of the Pier in memory. The cost of this mammoth undertaking will likely top $100,000 and includes $20,000 of marine grade epoxy paint. Used on the U.S.S. Midway floating museum, the aircraft carrier's paint has lasted over 10 years and is still going strong.
Prepping the Pier for painting has proven a unique challenge for contractor Ed Stewart and Associates. After creating a custom containment system to enable sandblasting, the system and methodology had to be approved by numerous government agencies to ensure that both the environment and employees were protected. After months of delays and inspections, Mr. Stewart’s innovative system received approval from all interested parties and he and his crew were finally able to get down to work in July.