“It's something quite special to paint with polar bear protection, signal guns and rifles present,” adds Brita Knutsen Dahl, CEO of Basecamp Explorer and the group's project manager for Isfjord Radio.
“We had to plan very carefully,” continues Myhre. “Getting to the site involves a 100 kilometer drive by snowmobile, or a three-hour boat trip. If we didn’t get the logistics right, or if the weather was too severe, it could have meant waiting a whole year before the next opportunity presented itself.”
Fortunately, everything went to plan and the work could begin: “It’s a pre-requisite in these conditions to use modern paints with a short drying time, and to stick to a single system,” notes Myhre. “Around 80% of the work on refurbishing the facades consisted of preparatory work, before the actual painting work got underway.
“We had to scrape away broken wood and old loose paint in order to get down to fresh wood. We were then able to treat the wood with Tinova wood base oil, add our Tinova exterior primer and then finish off with two coats of Super Tech topcoat. It will be a long time before the wooden facades need to be painted again.”