Hunstanton Pier only had its iron legs painted once, Lynn News Letters
The pier during its lifetime got a lick of paint above the waterline and where it was easy to get at.
As far as I know, the iron legs and cross stays right down to the level of the beach only got painted once in its lifetime, 1870 till 1978.
That was when the pier was leased to Mr Horace Brook. In 1946 two men who had just come home from the war asked him for a job so he gave them the job of painting the whole length of the 830-feet pier from one end to the other, including all of the ironwork. It took them many months.
After the 1953 floods a wave wall was erected along the promenade past the pier. This did not help as when there were high tides, the wave wall pushed the waves back onto the pier.
If the pier had had yearly maintenance, it could have still been there to this very day.