Ever wonder how the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is painted?

By on August 14, 2019

(Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

The National Park Service paints the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse every 5-7 years to keep it looking pristine and historically authentic; utilizing roughly 450 gallons of paint for multiple coats. Contracted workers suspend from the balcony and paint down the lighthouse, alternating between black and white paint along the stripe. In this photo, workers clean the lighthouse before painting it. The paint is a vital piece of the lighthouse’s iconic look.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore


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  • Bob

    Rany Jeanette, son of the last lighthouse keeper, used to tell a tale about his father hiring some guys to do the painting. Apparently in those days, something similar was rigged up, but attached to the front bumper of the family car, which was moved forward or backwards to raise and lower the platform. Well, the story goes that the follows doing the work enjoyed some alcoholic beverages (I don’t recall if it was before or during the work), but to teach them a bit of a lesson, he apparently ran the car back and forth a few times pretty quickly…

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