Richard Withrow, a painter with the contracting firm W.Q. Waters, stopped by the West Virginia Senate chamber on Thursday afternoon to survey next week's work.
Early next week, workers are expected to begin building huge scaffoldings in the chamber to check its domed ceiling for damage.
On Thursday, workers removed all the desks from the chamber. Earlier this week, the Senate chandelier was lowered for cleaning. Contractors left the chandelier down to allow workers easier access to the dome.
Withrow said he knows every painted surface in the Capitol.
"From that wall over there to the other wall," he said, pointing from the House of Delegates chamber to the Senate, "I've done a lot of work in this old building and I like it."
Assistant Senate Clerk Lee Cassis said it has been more than 15 years since the ceiling was last inspected. Some sections are visibly peeling, but it's not clear if ceiling needs major plaster work or should just be repainted.
"It's really hard to tell until we can get the scaffolding built to get up there and look," he said.
Cassis said he does not know how much the repairs will cost, since it's unclear what work will be required.
W.Q. Waters, a Charleston-based restoration firm, currently is repairing windows and trim in the Governor's Mansion, but that work is almost complete.