“Hollywood” Sign Painting Facts

Recently I read an article about the latest makeover given to the world famous “Hollywood” sign, and found the history of the sign, and the facts about painting it, to be very interesting.

The sign was originally created in 1923 as a billboard for a local real estate company, and was only supposed to be there for 18 months. It quickly became the marquee for the city, and has been there ever since.

I was surprised to learn that rock star, Alice Cooper, started a campaign in 1978 to replace the deteriorating sign with the more permanent steel structure that stands today.

In 2005, the sign was painted with a coating not suited for the corrugated metal, causing it to bubble when it didn’t adhere to the old coating.

In this most recent makeover, the entire sign had to stripped of all the previous paint, before it could be re-coated. A 100 percent biodegradable Peel Away paint remover was used. Each letter was then pressure washed and primed with Pro Industrial Pro-Cryl Universal Acrylic Primer, and then top coated with Emerald Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint, both Sherwin Williams products.

The “Hollywood” sign of today is four stories high and 450 feet long. Each letter stands 45 feet high and between 31 and 39 feet wide. The job required 110 gallons of primer, and about 275 gallons of paint. The color was “High Reflective White” SW 7757.

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