Once I had decided to strip the loose paint from the press, I had to decide whether to leave the bare metal or repaint it. I finally decided to use paint, although I know that some would prefer a duller finish. To be honest, I had seen and admired both finishes. One thing that tipped the balance of the argument towards paint was that damp conditions could be anticipated until I had converted the pressroom and I wanted to deal with the rust. I started to work at the old paint, which seemed to have been applied to almot any surface.