Perhaps some are too invested in looking 'right', rather than being 'right'.
Anyway, if we're talking the same wavelength here, then I have a document from ComCruPac (IIRC his title) which addresses material issues and corrective action, the result of First Savo. I believe it was issued mid- to late-September but don't hold me to that. I've got that document, probably right at my feet here--literally, and I'll send it your way as soon as I find it.
Ships' boats went and they really looked at the planes too, of course. My favorite is probably films for the crew...but nitrate stock burns pretty well, look at a fire they never got under control aboard Vincennes. And, yes, I have it on good authority that Northampton really went to work chipping paint and stripping ship of flammables. Here's something rather topical: Captain Kitts was big on sand.
Coincidentally, I was just reading about the shore-based VSO group...under Pierce, wasn't it ? I have to look but I believe I was dealing with Hoffmann but I can't quite remember...so many names...but I believe I have his wartime pic--with a SOC !