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Evolution Of Paint At Race Point


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Photo by: Jim Walker

Cape Cod's Race Point Lighthouse may never again have to be painted if you can believe the marketing suggested by Liquid Ceramic. Whatever the case, the keeper's house and tower at Race Point Lighthouse near Provincetown, Massachusetts, in all probability, now shines better than the day it was built.

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Photo by: Jim Walker

The new paint job just completed at the historic lighthouse was done using something called Liquid Ceramic, an acrylic-based paint. Jim Walker, chairman of the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, said the paint will last forever and "If it is half as good as the company claims, we will not have to paint it again in my lifetime."

One thing is for certain; the entire lighthouse station looks great. It's hard to believe that at one time there was serious discussion about tearing the lighthouse down. In 1995, Tim Harrison, cofounder of the American Lighthouse Foundation, convinced the Coast Guard to license the lighthouse to the nonprofit, which then raised the money for the restoration, which was completed under the leadership of Jim Walker. The lighthouse is now open for overnight stays.

This story appeared in the December 2008 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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