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Painting Kings Island's Eiffel Tower Is An 'Easy' Job For Local Company

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Baynum Painting
Workers have water blasted the Eiffel Tower, and will put primer and paint on it in October. It will remain the same color.

Newport's Baynum Painting has done it two other times at Kings Island and three times at Kings Dominion. The latest coat of fresh paint will be applied by the end of October.

How do you paint something 314 feet tall? The same way you might paint a house.

Water blasting, applying primer and paint are the three key steps, according to the owner of Newport’s Baynum Painting Chris Baynum. His company has painted Kings Island’s Eiffel Tower two other times and the Eiffel Tower at its sister park Kings Dominion three times.

Baynum employees, led by three generations of the Hopkins family over 33 years, showed up at 8 a.m. Aug. 15. “And before I left at nine there were pressure washers up on the top deck working, so in an hour’s time he’s (Walker Hopkins Jr.) got 10 guys positioned and they hit the ground running.”

The pressure washing is high power, five times as strong as a car wash. Baynum calls it “really aggressive water blasting.”

The priming is no joke either. Seventy percent of the tower must be done before workers spray 1,500 gallons of “Eiffel Tower Green” on the structure. Baynum says Kings Island considered changing the color but stuck with what was on there before.

He considers the KI job an easy one compared to some of the other projects Baynum as tackled around the world. The Newport company is internationally known and is preparing to paint at an amusement park in Brazil.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.