The old FAA regulations required that any tower 200 feet above ground or higher (shorter if within certain distances from airports) had to be painted with 7 equal width bands of paint starting with red or international orange on the bottom then white alternating until the 7th band (the one on top) was red or orange. Then the regulations were changed to only international orange and white.
Now days painting of the tower is not required if suitable strobe lighting is installed on the tower.
At Texas A&M University (located in Bryan/College Station, Texas) the tower on campus had to be repainted and the regulations required international orange and white. However, the University painted the tower maroon and white which are the "colors" of the athletic teams. They refused to paint the tower international orange and white because those are the "colors" of their "arch rival", The University of Texas (located in Austin, Texas). The FAA threatened to levy fines on Texas A&M for painting the tower in a "unapproved" color scheme. It took a special bill introduced into Congress by former Senator Phil Gramm to get the maroon and white paint job approved instead of the international orange and white. Of course Phil Gramm had been a professor at Texas A&M before being elected to Congress which definitely did not "hurt" the University's case.