November 15, 2011
“Chantier Nautique du Vieux Port” is the company from La Rochelle in charge of painting the frigate, and in particular the hull.
Up to now, about 2,000 kgs (4,500 lbs) of paint have been applied to the ship’s hull and woodwork, both inside and outside, starting with the topsides and ending with the underwater hull.
800 hours of work have been necessary to coat the hull with about 250 liters of paint, everything preceded by an important protective cover and the installation of air extractors: in total, three coatings of primer and three coatings of anti-fouling have been applied by means of an airless paintbrush.
Back in the days of the original L’Hermione, multiple layers of paint were applied to the hull before being covered with copper plates. This technique allowed for better protection of the hull’s woodwork. For technical and financial reasons, and in the framework of the actual reconstruction, it was decided to not double hull with copper sheets and simply paint—with the diligence applied, aesthetic will not be sacrificed.