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Water Poses Problem for Seattle Aquarium Paint

The repaint matched the building’s historic colors.

The historic building that houses the Seattle Aquarium dates back more than 100 years and commands center stage on the city’s picturesque waterfront. The exterior repaint of this landmark building will add to the city's current project to revitalize the waterfront area with new parks and pathways, integrated commuting routes, a dynamic community space, and more.

The aquarium is a premier marine conservation organization in the region and serves as an educational facility to the public. As a result, ensuring the safety of sea creatures and wildlife was the company’s top priority during the course of work. Work needed to be completed during public visiting hours with high foot traffic. In addition, leadpositive surfaces required prep work done to meet the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The team also had to meet regulations set by the Washington State Department of Ecology, City of Seattle, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries and Seattle Public Utilities.

The aquarium’s historic building is central to Seattle’s waterfront revitalization plans.
Crews first removed blistered and bubbling paint along the south-facing side.

The surrounding water—from both the Sound and the giant water tanks inside—posed its own problem. The team had to account for proper moisture ventilation to prevent blistering and bubbling. The building’s south face showed evidence of those problems as a result of long-term exposure to the elements. This made proper prep work particularly important. The company then applied Sherwin-Williams Emerald Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint, selected for durability and color-retention as much as for its resistance to peeling and blistering. The paint was tinted to accurately match the building’s historic colors. For the thousands of daily commuters passing the high-profile project, the result was a considerable improvement to an icon.

Work was done during public visiting hours. Safety procedures accounted for the high foot traffic.
Prep work was performed in accordance with city, state and federal regulations.

Key Products

  • Sherwin-Williams Emerald Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint