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Hollywood Walk of Fame Facelift

Hollywood Sign Facelift

With its paint flaking and rust marring its letters, the non-profit Hollywood Sign Trust decided it was time to attack the problem.

"It's going to give it more life, it's going to protect it from rust and other challenges," said Tom LaBonge. "It will give it a lot of years. It's getting a facelift."

That work began Oct. 2 and now, more than a month later, the painting crew says they're about finished with the last few letters.

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Original Sign

The Hollywood Sign was built back in 1923 and it originally read Hollywoodland. After several renovations, the old sign was town down and a new one built in 1978. Now, 10 guys, strapped into scaffolding, are trying to get nearly 35 years worth of paint off the corrugated metal letters.

Scraping and painting...