Repainting Prado Dam: Revealing the Premium Paints on Restored Mural

What makes a restoration project truly memorable? Is it merely the dedication and hard work invested in rejuvenating a time-worn masterpiece? Certainly, that’s part of it. But our recent experience repainting the Prado Dam Mural underscores another crucial factor – the careful selection of materials.

In our role as the trusted painters behind this large-scale restoration at Prado Dam, we at One Way Painting understood the significance of choosing the perfect paint for this project. So, pull up a seat and join us as we take a deep dive into the specific paints used to revive this iconic mural.

The Prado Dam Mural: A Brief History

Since 1976, the Prado Dam Mural has been a defining sight near Corona. Crafted by local high school students to mark the American Bicentennial, it eventually fell victim to the ravages of time and nature. By 2023, the once-lively mural called for restoration, and we were honored to be brought onboard.

The Art and Science of Paint Selection

To many, paint may simply be about color. However, for us, it’s a complex and strategic choice that goes far beyond just slapping paint on a wall. It’s more like matchmaking – finding the perfect paint to pair with each unique surface. This isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about functionality and longevity.

Our extensive experience has taught us that every surface, whether it’s siding, stucco, or fascia, demands a specific type of paint. The decision involves understanding the properties, behaviors, and reactions of paints on different materials. It’s a sophisticated process that we have honed over decades. Whether it’s a quaint Orange County home, a sprawling commercial space, or an iconic landmark like the Prado Dam Mural, the paint must be tailored precisely.

When faced with the Prado Dam spillway’s unique demands, we realized that this was more than a usual project. We needed not just to bring the mural back to life but to ensure its durability, capturing its original grandeur and preserving it for future generations. This called for paints that were not just suitable but exemplary, time-tested, and proven to perform.

Dunn Edwards: Guiding Us to Perfection

Our trusted partners, Dunn Edwards, were our North Star during this crucial paint selection phase. With a longstanding 47-year professional relationship, Dunn Edwards has consistently remained our first choice for unmatched coverage and durability in both our residential and commercial projects.

Dunn Edwards Paints

Their unrivaled reputation in producing top-tier, long-lasting products sets them apart. With absolute confidence, we entrust them to deliver the high-quality results our customers both expect and deserve.

For the Prado Dam Mural, their expertise was invaluable. With the help of our faithful Dunn Edwards sales rep, Lance Vasey, we reached out to them about our ambitious Prado Dam repainting project. To our delight, they were not only thrilled to be part of it, but also sprang into action to provide their expertise. Leaving no stone unturned, their team of paint technicians closely inspected the post sand-blasted spillway. Afterwards, they guided us in choosing the perfect paints for the restored mural.

dunn edwards donated 350 gallons of paint for our repainting prado dam project

Their thorough examination and guidance enabled us to choose the perfect paints for this unique restoration, ensuring that the mural would stand as a tribute to American resilience.

Dunn Edwards – A Strong Foundation

Repainting the white backdrop of the Prado Dam Mural demanded a pristine, resilient paint that could blend seamlessly into the spillway and conceal any imperfections. Dunn Edwards provided precise product recommendations, suggesting their ACRI-BUILD® Exterior Acrylic flat paint for the mural’s white base.

This professional paint is known for its uniformity and exceptional durability. Its excellent hide capability meant we could trust it to provide a seamless, unblemished backdrop, creating the perfect canvas for the Prado Dam Mural’s vibrant hues.

Prado Dam Mural Restoration in Progress
Prado Dam Mural Restoration in Progress

But Dunn Edwards didn’t just provide recommendations. Going a step further, they generously donated 350 gallons of this indispensable paint. They were also pivotal in sourcing the vivid red and blue paints from Rust-Oleum.

Rust-Oleum – Bright Hues and Lasting Views

Repainting the Prado Dam Mural wouldn’t be complete without its signature bright red and blue colors. This demanded paints that would pop, remain vibrant, and withstand environmental stress over time. Once again, our allies at Dunn Edwards stepped in to help. They introduced us to Rust-Oleum’s Modern Masters Theme Park Paint line.

Designed to resist fading, this paint ensured that the red and blue colors on the mural would remain bold and impactful for years to come.

The years 1776-1976 are painted on the restored mural
The vibrant red, white and blue visible as the years 1776-1976 are painted on the restored mural

Disneyland-Approved: The Prado Dam’s Red and Blue

This paint is something special, and we’re not exaggerating here! In fact, it’s so exceptional that it’s the very same paint used at renowned theme parks like Disneyland.

That’s right, the stunning red and blue colors now gracing Prado Dam utilize the very same paint found at Disneyland! A true testament to its unparalleled quality. With this exclusive connection, we bring you the finest in paint technology, creating a masterpiece that will continue to inspire for years to come.

For this ambitious project, we required 160 gallons of this incredible paint. This includes 80 gallons each of the red and blue hues. Rust-Oleum, recognizing the significance of the project, generously donated all 160 gallons of the red and blue paints we required.

Restored Mural’s Color Palette

The recently restored mural boasts a harmonious blend of colors that elegantly encapsulates its historic essence. A backdrop of Dunn Edwards’ Warm White sets a pristine canvas, echoing the purity of history’s pages. The Liberty Bell, a symbol of American independence, is presented in a striking Dunn Edwards Deep Sapphire blue. This contrasts beautifully with Dunn Edwards Red Contrast used to highlight the words “200 years of freedom”. These three colors intricately intertwine within the significant years, 1776-1976, commemorating a bicentennial journey of the nation.

A Promising Journey Ahead

Our faith in the powerhouses, Dunn Edwards and Rust-Oleum, wasn’t misplaced. We sincerely thank them for their invaluable contributions to this project. Their generosity and superior products were instrumental in breathing new life into the Prado Dam Mural. The Prado Dam Mural now stands rejuvenated, its colors gleaming brightly against the pristine white backdrop. We are proud knowing that this historic landmark will continue to inspire and bring joy to future generations.

A Legacy of Excellence

At One Way Painting, we’re not just painting walls; we’re transforming homes, restoring history, and painting a brighter future. We see every project as more than just a job. It’s a commitment to quality craftsmanship and the community we serve. The Prado Dam Mural restoration was no different. It was a journey marked by dedication, collaboration, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Teaming up with esteemed partners like Dunn Edwards and Rust-Oleum, we ensured that this historic landmark received the finest treatment with the use of only the highest quality materials.

Discover Your Perfect Palette with Dunn Edwards

Feeling inspired by our Prado Dam repainting project? If our work on the Prado Dam Mural restoration has sparked your imagination, it’s time to bring that same level of craftsmanship to your own home.

Take the first step towards your dream space by visiting your local Dunn Edwards store today. Their experienced professionals offer a complimentary color consultation service, guiding you to the perfect color palette that suits your style and personality. You too can bring your vision to life with the same precision and quality that went into restoring the Prado Dam Mural. Don’t wait any longer; head to your local Dunn Edwards store today and start designing the home you’ve always dreamed of!

Concluding Thoughts: Painting with Trust and Confidence

The Prado Dam Mural restoration was a testament to the power of careful paint selection and the importance of trusted partnerships. With the unwavering support of Dunn Edwards and Rust-Oleum, we successfully revived this iconic landmark, preserving its beauty for future generations. Our experience with this project has only strengthened our resolve to continue transforming spaces, restoring history, and painting a brighter future. If you’re looking to revive your own space with the same level of craftsmanship and quality, we invite you to explore our services and embark on a promising journey together.