Any outdoor metal structure faces its share of corrosion. A landmark left over from the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens, NY, has just had a major upgrade, made necessary by accumulated rust and other decay. Long neglected, the New York State Pavilion’s ‘Tent of Tomorrow’ has been returned to its original yellow color, following to a pro-bono paint job worth approximately $3.25-million. It took 30 bridge painters nearly 2,000 gallons of paint to refurbish the historic attraction, built to celebrate the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens, NY. Designed by architect Philip Johnson, the ellipse-shaped structure measures 350 x 250 ft, 16 100-ft columns suspending a 50,000-sq-ft roof of multi-colored panels. The project was the undertaking of the New York Structural Steel Painting Contractors Association (SSPCA) and the International Union of Painting and Allied Trades Local 806 District Council. The makeover is expected to extend the structure’s life by 15 years, according to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. The coatings donated for the project were manufactured by PPG Industries Inc. They included a two-component, high-solids epoxy primer and a high-gloss, low-VOC aliphatic polyurethane system used as a topcoat. American Cheese Yellow” was specified for the job in an effort to match the Tent of Tomorrow’s original paint scheme, officials say. The project began in May and wrapped up last month. New York SSPCA executive director Jed Coldon said the project presented its share of challenges. “Painting it was the easy part,” he said. “Rigging it was difficult because the steel was so intricate.” It took professional painters more than 8,000 hours and 1,600 gallons of paint to get the job done. That included power-washing off the accumulated rust of decades, applying primer and the historically accurate paint. Additionally, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens’ Borough President Melinda Katz and the City Council have allocated nearly $8.9-million for improvements to electrical and structural work.