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Photos: Close-up views of the Hollywood sign's new paint job and facelift



Painters prime the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The crew started working on the project on October 2, 2012.
Painters prime the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The crew started working on the project on October 2, 2012.
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Painters prime the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The crew started working on the project on October 2, 2012.
Jesus Garibay prepares to scrap off old paint on the "L" of the Hollywood sign.
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Painters prime the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The crew started working on the project on October 2, 2012.
Painters bring down primer and Universal White paint to the Hollywood sign on October 26, 2012,
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Painters prime the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The crew started working on the project on October 2, 2012.
The painting crew scraped off an inch thick layer of old paint and graffiti from the Hollywood sign.
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Painters prime the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The crew started working on the project on October 2, 2012.
Jesus Garibay pressure washes the "O" of the Hollywood sign. After pressure washing the sign, the painting crew will scrap off the layers of old paint.
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Painters prime the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The crew started working on the project on October 2, 2012.
The Hollywood sign is set to be repainted by the end of November 2012.
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Painters prime the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The crew started working on the project on October 2, 2012.
The painting crew works for Duggan and Associates Inc.
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Painters prime the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The crew started working on the project on October 2, 2012.
Victor Galindo, the foreman, applies primer to the "L" of the Hollywood sign on October 26th, 2012.
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Painters prime the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The crew started working on the project on October 2, 2012.
George Solorio organizes hoses used for pressure washing at the Hollywood sign on October 26, 2012.
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Painters prime the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The crew started working on the project on October 2, 2012.
The sign is painted in Universal White.
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Painters prime the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The crew started working on the project on October 2, 2012.
After the Dumont paper is applied to the steel, it sits for 24 hours to help dissolve the paint and then the team pressure washes the material off.
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Painters prime the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The crew started working on the project on October 2, 2012.
Victor Galindo, the foreman, scrapes away old paint from the "L" with a tool that he made specifically for the grooves of the Hollywood sign.
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The Hollywood Sign is undergoing a major new paint job and facelift for the first time in 35 years, and we got up close and personal with it. Check out our full photo gallery above.

For nearly a month now, workers have been stripping off layers upon layers of paint and graffiti slathered onto the giant sign in the Hollywood Hills over the decades.

They'll sand down the corrugated steel, apply a primer and spray on a new glossy coat of white paint. (For those who want to duplicate the color in their own homes, it's Sherwin-Williams Emerald Exterior Satin Acrylic Latex paint.)

The sign was first hauled up to the top of Mount Lee as an advertisement for a new land development called "Hollywoodland." In 1949, the "land" portion of the sign was taken down, leaving the shorter, more generic and now more famous nine-letter sign: "Hollywood."

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Project foreman Victor Galindo has worked on painting projects at the Getty Museum and at USC, but he says that this job is the most exciting project he's ever worked on in his 18-year career.

He also says his mother isn't too pleased about it.

"My mom's always looking at me on the [Hollywood sign] web-cam," says Galindo. "She can't believe I'm so high up, but that's what I do every day. The only difference is now she's watching me."

His mother prepares lunch for Galindo and his brother-in-law, who is also working on the sign's paint job. For Galindo, work is a family affair and most members of the crew are either related to him or close friends.

The Duggan painting crew started working on the project on October 2nd and they plan to finish the job by the end of November.

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This story has been updated with the correct paint information.