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MAR 2015

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44 MARCH 2015 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Battening Down W hile the man lift works well, it has been a challenge to get the crew access to the surface, Howard said. "Tey need to be able to work at diferent heights and reach all kinds of little nooks and crannies," he said. "Te ship is not a vertical surface — it slopes and curves in many places — but the man lift allows them to get in all of those places and do the work they need to do." For safet y, the crew wears life jackets and har nesses at a l l times when they are over water and on the lift, Howard said. A l l employees were a lso trained in using the proper persona l protective equipment at a l l times, including face shields and safet y gog gles dur ing the preparation process and painting, and gloves when needed to avoid sk in contact w ith products being used. Te weather has also been also a challenge because the crew is completely exposed to the elements. And as the weather cools, the crew sometimes has to wait for the surface to heat up so the coating can be applied. But the results look " fantastic," Howard said. "Te diference between before and after is very notice- able," he shared. "Before, the paint was blistering and faking; there was discoloration, a range of grays, and areas that were faded — no continuity. It really looked bad." And now? "It's one nice smooth, continuous gray surface," Howard said. "It probably isn't that exciting to many people, but to those of us who work with ships, it is. It's very satisfying, because we've known for some time the job needed to be done. We think a great deal of the vessels we have here. We want to respect them, do right by them." Serving the Ship Howard said when the job is done, he will feel like he has served a ship that served this country so well for so long. "She didn't look very good, and [she's] so much better now," he said. CP The crew roller-applied two layers of the topcoat to reach a total average WFT of 2–4 mils (51–102 microns). As Bob Howard, the museum's operations director, explained, they couldn't spray due to regulations. The crew wore harnesses at all times when working over water and on the lift. They also wore face shields, safety goggles, and gloves when necessary, such as during the surface prep. As Howard said, "It probably isn't that exciting to many people, but to those of us who work with ships, it is...We want to respect them, do right by them." And that they have! VENDOR TEAM CHLOR*RID Material manufacturer P.O. Box 908 Chandler, AZ 85244 (480) 821-0039 Niftylift, Inc. Equipment supplier 1525 S. Buncombe Rd. Greer, SC 29651 (800) 643-8954 Rust-Oleum Corporation Coatings manufacturer 11 E Hawthorn Pkwy. Vernon Hills, IL 60061 (847) 367-7700 Tyvek by DuPont Safety equipment manufacturer P.O. Box 80728 Wilmington, DE 19880 (800) 448-9835 World War II Aircraft Carrier

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