Severe rusting and chipping took over the Morton Peak Tower at the San Bernardino National Forest. After years of little maintenance, the tower leader decided it was time for a fresh coat of paint. Located in Southern California, a coating was needed that would comply with local Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) regulations and still have durable qualities.
The Rust-Oleum High Performance SC9100 System DTM Epoxy Mastic was suggested as the coating of choice for the metal portions of the tower because of its low VOC of less than 100 g/l and direct-to-metal properties. The coating minimizes preparation time and offers maximum corrosion protection, making it ideal for the Morton Peak Tower. Sierra MetalMax DTM Acrylic Enamel was chosen to coat the wood surfaces of the tower. MetalMax is a low VOC coating and meets LEED requirements allowing it to be used in the San Bernardino region. With a quick dry time of 30 minutes, volunteers could take watch over the forest in a timely fashion.
“Morton Peak will continue to look like the tower she was when she opened in 1936, or maybe a little better,” said team leader Allan Brown. Thankful for the coatings, the Fire Lookout Program and Allan’s team keep watch throughout the Fire Season.