New Coat Of Paint For Tulsa's Golden Driller

Tuesday, June 14th 2011, 2:30 pm
By: News On 6 & Emory Bryan, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tulsa's Golden Driller in front of Expo Square changed color for a day Tuesday, to a bright yellow, but Wednesday has been repainted with the traditional "mustard" color.

The Golden Driller's paint job will leave it with a little more shine, a satin finish, instead of flat.

The change is temporary, one day only, but something for a tourist to remember on a once in a lifetime trip.

"'Living On Tulsa Time,' that's a classic song, and it was a dream to do Route 66 and visit Tulsa, so here we are today," Cindy Vinwijk, a tourist, said.

Bill Haynes Company offered to coat the Golden Driller in exchange for the right to use the Driller in advertising for the UltraCoating Ceramic System.

Haynes said Tuesday it would likely be the last paint job the Driller would ever need, since the product repels waters and is much thicker than traditional paint.

"It's a three step, three product ultra coating system, guaranteed for life, very flexible, elastomeric. It will protect the Golden Driller for many, many years to come," he said.

The Golden Driller is made of steel with a concrete veneer, which Haynes said was the best possible surface for coating.

Haynes was surprised to find the 40-plus-year-old Driller was in excellent shape. He said it only needed a good rinse and some caulking. The concrete surface, he said, is almost perfect.

The Golden Driller was painted mustard on Wednesday.