The newly rebuilt Rotunda dome at the University of Virginia will remain copper-colored for Final Exercises.

Crews from E. Caligari & Son Inc. of Norfolk planned to paint the dome white this week, using a fluoropolymer mixture from PPG Paints, but this week’s rain is preventing it. The painting plan calls for two coats – a primer coat, then a finish coat.

“We need dry weather for about four to six hours after the primer is applied,” said Jody Lahendro, historic preservation projects manager for Facilities Management. “The weather forecasts call for 40 percent chance of rain every day this week.”

University officials, on the advice of construction managers Christman-Gilbane, agreed Monday not to attempt to paint the dome before the May 19 Final Exercises.

“This is too complicated and intricate to try and rush through it,” Lahendro said.

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