The finishing touch is usually the last part of a job and a time to celebrate the completion of a project. But for the Mayo Clinic’s Paint Shop, a finishing touch is business as usual.
Everything from furniture to parking lot signs comes under the painter’s skilled brushes and spray guns. In 1981, the paint shop was located on the fifth floor of the Franklin Heating Station. In addition to a large, bright work room, the shop had two ventilated spray booths, a drying room, and a storage area.
A great deal of the shop’s work involved finishing equipment either built or modified by the Section of Engineering. Some glass cutting was also done in the shop for windows, doors, and frames.
One area that posed the most challenge to the shop was the selection of specialty finishes for equipment. Equipment used in laboratories and exposed to various chemical agents required special finishes. The shop also coated surgical instruments with varnish for insulation.
Another major job for the shop was updating and repairing signs throughout the Mayo Clinic. Any changes in information or prices shown on the painted signs were made by painters in the shop. A stencil cutter was used to make stencils for marking Mayo Clinic property.