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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 4:53 pm 
Any good methods (varnish perhaps) of keeping copper pipe shiny, stopping it going dark browm. Want to keep it for a peroid styled bathroom.
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Firstly the pipe will need polishing, so some good quality metal polish such as duraglit or brasso will be needed. Polish the pipes to the best finish that you can acheive and then obtain some metal lacquer, you can purchase special metal lacquer which I think plasticote make or perhaps clear lacquer that is sold by motor accessory shops will do!

Mask off everything that you do not wish to lacquer as the over spray will travel some distance, ensure the area is well ventilated- Ie. open the door and the window and use a suitable filter mask as well. Spray on the lacquer but don't go mad as drips will accumulate, it is better to pass over the pipes several times lightly to build up a good coat of lacquer!

I might cover this and do a page on this in the future!

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Cant you just polish it then get some diluted down PVA and paint it onto the pipe?

It will dry clear and as long as you got a good coat on it, it should stay nice and shiney!


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Hi, I don't think diluted PVA is suitable as it is not waterproof and will turn white with the smallest amount of water, from either steam or condensation!

Varnish might be ok though?


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yeh clear varnish will proably do the trick.

Im gonna try pva though and see how it comes out.


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What's wrong with Nail varnish?


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It would be nice to use capilliary soldered fittings with polished pipes, but then you run the risk of white runs where the solder has wetted some of the pipe.

40 years ago when I learnt real plumbing (with lead) you could get a product called "Plumbers' Black) which you could paint onto copper or lead so the solder couldn't wet the part blacked. After soldering, you could clean off the black leaving a visually perfect joint line.

I haven't seen the stuff around these days. Anyone know of it or how it's made?


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was that called wiping the joint stods?


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Copper will naturally oxidise, due to its chemical makeup... I've seen people who polish it every day, and looks good... not sure of best oxygen barrier, guess any kind of varnish would do it, but not sure on long term effect. 8-)


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m3 fitter wrote:
was that called wiping the joint stods?


Yup, wiping with a moleskin.

Tin copper first with 60/40 Sn/Pb, then wipe it with 30/70. Use tallow with lead.


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Employ a Phillipino boy/toilet attendant to keep the pipes clean, most reasonable.

What's with PVA? No really is it the answer to life the universe and everything....I though that was 43, but it actually appears to be PVA.


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Ahem... 42, Mudster.


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if 42 is the answer, whats the question?


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See now that's where I've gone wrong, if I can't even remember the answer to Life, the universe and everything then how am I possibly going to succeed....sheesh.... I'll have to ask the mice for help now!


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Hinton Heating wrote:
if 42 is the answer, whats the question?

Six times nine? (the answer is in the base)

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