It is often said that the Golden Gate Bridge is painted once a year. However, painting the Golden Gate Bridge is an ongoing task and the primary maintenance job associated with upkeep of the bridge.

Until 1965, only one paint touch up was required on the bridge. In 1965 advance corrosion was noticed on the bridge which sparked a program to remove the bridge’s original led-based paint. The paint removal took 30 years and was completed in 1995. The bridge’s paint is necessary to protect the bridge from the high salt content in the air which rusts and corrodes the steel components and can damage the structural integrity of the bridge.

The Bridge will continue to require routine touch up painting on an on-going basis.


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