The Lighthouse in Port Credit is something of an iconic structure. While it’s mostly just a pretty tourist attraction these days, it once served the huge purpose of guiding ships into the harbour.
Well, that’s only a half truth. You see, in 1936, a fire destroyed the lighthouse. Meaning the one that stands today was not the original built in 1882.
As it’s such an important building to the history of Mississauga, the lighthouse is often a priority when talking about preservation. Which brings us to our topic for today; the Port Credit lighthouse is getting a new lick of paint and it’s a rather unique one.
A tech company by the name FN Nano will be the responsible party for the new paint job, but don’t worry, it’s staying red and white. The company produces something called “photocatalytic intelligent multifunctional coatings”. Which is a fancy way of saying environmentally friendly paint jobs. The company uses nanotechnology in its paintings to make them safer to breathe and such.
“FN Nano introduces this technology based on solely physical effect as a replacement for use of dangerous chemicals and disinfection agents:
✔ “Instead of killing pathogenic microorganisms by strong and carcinogenic chemicals, we offer preventive and permanent protection by the coating with no chemicals released into the environment.
✔ “Instead of flu shots, we offer living in environment with concentration of airborne viruses reduced under the infection level.
✔ “Instead of temporary chemical UV absorbents breaking apart into other chemicals, we offer permanent UV protective coatings based on inert titanium dioxide.
✔ “Instead of overkilling bad odors with a chemical scents and then breathing both, we offer cleaning air of odor molecules and breathing clean air without heavy scents and chemicals.
✔ “Instead of a temporary short term chemical effects, we offer a permanent physical function activated by light.”
So it’s clearly going to be an important paint job that signals a brand new era for the Port Credit lighthouse. There’s no word yet on when exactly the paint job will take place, and you might not even notice when it’s completed, but you can rest assured it will preserve the lighthouse for another few decades.