It seems no more than logical to me they where at some point in time painted. :) I don't know the ride, but my guess is that the track originally was brown, and the paint underneath it was black. Add bad maintenance to this, and you get the result you see in the picture.. :)
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It has been painted and might even be painted like this for theming. If it hadn't been painted then it would be a much uglier color, a mix of silver and red rust from not being protected from the elements plus you would see where it was sanded with a grinder around the welds.
I've never seen that large of a loop on an Arrow. Has anyone ridden it? Is it headbanging like Arrow is famous for? (I know not all Arrow's are headbangers, it just seems like I've ridden all of the ones that do.)
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Well, I have ridden TT, and it is cool, but very short. I don't mean like short in height, but it's short in length. Also, the loop isn't a regular loop, it is....well, it's weird. haha It's like the track turns a little on the top of the loop, but....hmm....how do you explain it? lol Maybe someone else could explain it better. haha But, it is a very nice coaster, complete with tunnel and stuff. Also, there is an interesting little turnaround right after the lift hill which is kind of surprising. Anyways, it's a cool ride! haha
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whats the difference. if i told you it wasn't painted nothing would change except the fact that you can go to sleep knowing that it isn't painted. Since the fate of the world depends on wether the supports of a rollercoaster hidden in the woods are painted or not, i'll tell you. They are. Because rusting metal is weak. To make the metal look rusted is much safer than actually rusting the wood. It makes sense, does it not?
Yes it was painted. And if it wasn't I would be worried since I'm a corrosion engineer. I'm not sure if the color was chosen so much to make it look rusted as to just make it blend in with the landscape. There's an old saying among architects, "Paint it brown, and make it disappear." I used just about the same color on the clean out for my septic system to make it unobtrusive.
As for the blotchiness, that is common when people do a bad job of matching the paint used for touch up. Always make sure you know the exact color code and buy you touch up paint from same supplier as the origninal. Or even better, have the steel fabricator send paint from the original lot for touch up. Of course, if you go back after a couple years of weathering nothing is going to match.