Dinosaur Receives Fresh Coat

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2021

Earlier this week, HMG Paints, touted as the largest independent paint manufacturer in the United Kingdom, reported that it was called on by partner and tower crane supplier, Falcon Cranes, for a rather unique project.

Unlike traditional projects where the two companies have worked together for coatings applications on various cranes, generators and site containers, this project took a more prehistoric route.

Presented with a fabricated dinosaur skeleton, Terry Mulligan, Paint Shop Supervisor at Falcon Cranes, called upon the expertise of HMG for the structure’s restoration, which included surface preparation and coatings.

“We’ve worked with HMG for a number of years and knew that their versatile product portfolio would be ideal for this project,” said Mulligan. “The skill and technique that went into this project, is applied to all aspects of our spray booth, whether it be commercial vehicles and tower cranes or in this case, a dinosaur.”

For the project, the structure was shotblasted first. In terms of resprays for the coating portion of the project, HMG reported that it employed several of its products including Monothane, Acrythane SC601 and Acrythane 4G Clearcoat. The company noted that the Monothane is a 2K Polyurethane Finish designed for use on Ferrous substrates without the need for a primer, while the Acrythane SC601 offers rapid drying, high gloss and simplicity of use.

Although the Acrythane 4G is HMG’s leading product for commercial vehicles, the coating was able to give the dinosaur a unique finish, more commonly reserved for high end and luxury commercial vehicles.

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More local to the headquarters of PaintSquare Daily News, in June 2015, Diplodocus carnegii—"Dippy the Dinosaur," to his friends at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Natural History—received a top-to-bottom makeover.

“Sixteen years of Pittsburgh weather had taken its toll: Dippy was not only affected by freeze-thaw, but he had a ‘sunburn’—UV light and heat had begun to damage the coating,” the museum said in an announcement on the restoration.

His skin looked like it was shedding, said Gretchen Anderson, the conservator at the museum. Entire chunks of his fiberglass coat had broken off, and new scales had to be created by hand. For the project Gretchen Anderson, the conservator at the museum, enlisted Lucas Markantone & Associates, of Pittsburgh, to help freshen the dinosaur’s weathered appearance.

In addition to cleaning and painting, the work included removing an anti-graffiti coating, repairing cracks, and adding decorative etching, Ken Wolf of Markantone & Associates told a local CBS television outlet. Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries Inc. donated seven gallons of PSX 700, a high-performance siloxane-epoxy coating, for the project.

A few years later, in 2017, construction workers breaking ground on the future Public Safety Facility in Thornton, Colorado, discovered triceratops fossils onsite. The discovery revealed the skull of a triceratops, one of only three total that have been discovered in the Fort Range area. Joe Sertich, curator of dinosaurs for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, estimated that the fossil had been there for at least 66 million years.

According to the Denver Post, most fossils that have been discovered in Denver have been from the Ice Age, which occurred 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Many of these have been camels, mammoths and similar creatures, according to Sertich.

And in 2019, while not a dinosaur replica or real-life fossil, the owner of a popular cartoon-themed home was being sued for her use of aesthetic dinosaurs statues. Known as the “Flintstone House,” the structure, which is now seen in colors orange, red and purple, was built in 1976 and was originally painted white.

Every surface is rounded in the house, which is an effect from the monolithic dome construction that was used to build it. During construction, steel rebar and wire mesh frames were fitted over large inflated balloons. Then, the structure was sprayed with shotcrete.

In addition to a 15-foot-tall dinosaur statue, owner Florence Fang had also erected  a woolly mammoth, a giraffe, a garden of oversized mushrooms, a rainbow, a peacock sculpture as well as a life-size statue of Fred Flintstone and another of the cartoon character’s pet dinosaur, Dino.

The complaint filed in state Superior Court on March 13, 2019, called some of the modifications safety hazards and classified the others as eye sores.


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