It IS like paint­ing the Forth Bridge

Painters us­ing tougher coat­ing on me­tal fence

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - One Long Job -

The paint­ing of a mile of fenc­ing in the grounds of a his­toric man­sion on the out­skirts of Ash­ford has been com­pared to the mam­moth task in­volved in giv­ing the Forth Rail Bridge a makeover.

Tra­di­tion­ally it was said that no sooner had painters fin­ished paint­ing the bridge over the Firth of Forth near Ed­in­burgh than it was time for them to turn round and start the job again.

And now a paint­ing team at God­in­ton House and gar­dens are start­ing to feel the same as they take on the lengthy job of brush­ing up the mile-long me­tal fence.

But luck­ily there is no chance of them be­ing asked to do a four minute mile as the re­paint­ing is be­ing done in sec­tions – the first just 200 yards long.

God­in­ton’s old park fence was re­newed with tra­di­tional iron rail­ings in 1999 that now need paint­ing, es­pe­cially un­der the lime trees where the sticky sap that drips from the leaves cor­rodes the paint quickly.

Hav­ing read about the new paint be­ing used on the Forth Bridge, Nick Sand­ford, God­in­ton’s es­tate man­ager, tracked down the sup­pli­ers, whose coat­ing is sup­posed to last for 25 years or more.

Ap­ply­ing it in­volves a lot of hard prepa­ra­tion work and the paint it­self is in two parts, so in­volves mix­ing a spe­cial hard­en­ing agent that sets the paint on the me­tal.

Mr Sand­ford said: “Hope­fully this will mean the fence will not need re­paint­ing for many years. The el­e­gant fenc­ing pro­tects the fa­mous yew hedges from the stock graz­ing in the park and al­lows vis­i­tors to have lovely views from the beau­ti­ful gar­dens to the coun­try­side be­yond.”

Paint­ing and prepa­ra­tion for the mile-long me­tal fence be­ing given a brush-up at God­in­ton House, us­ing paint sim­i­lar to that used on the Forth Bridge, top

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