Do a google search on Electroplating and you will find some kits. I
don't remember the URL I found, but kits with everything you needed for
a small project ran about $30 including an electrical device to charge
the object you are plating and the chemical solution that contains the
copper to plate. I am planning on applying new plating to some of my
planes. Good luck.
Maybe, but aren't there situations where pine is a better fit than cherry?
I'm renovating a store and the stainless look doesn't fit anymore. I
certainly could live with it, but copper will bring out other copper accents
I have in the flooring and walls.
Take it to an electroplater. The copper
is the substrate for chrome. A lot of the
money involved in plating is in the prep
work and buffing. Do this yourself, have
the plater do the copper and it should be reasonable. BTW...copper will look
beautiful for a very short time. You'll need
to spray it with an occlusive clear finish
to keep the bright look.
OK thanks. I'm gathering that not too many have tried paint on type copper.
I'm not sure that I really need a perfect real copper finish, just something
that has a copper look to it that doesn't look cheap or tacky. I'll have to
check into the electroplating idea, too.
A few weeks ago someone here was looking for a good "gold" plating. I
remembered something from my modeling days that applied as a rub on paste
(basically a thick paint in a tube). After it dried, you could buff it out
with a soft cloth for an excellent silver, gold, and yes, copper.
A poster replied that it was called "rub -n- buff" or something similar.
Check your local arts and crafts store. It was in smallish acrylic paint
tubes. Stainless usually has a rough surface so it should adhere quite well.
You could then spray it with a clear lacquer type finish to protect it. The
cost for lots of square footage would probably be high, but way less then
This may be the stuff here:
I thought I answered that already? Maybe not. I've used the paint stuff.
It makes what you paint look like what you painted covered with copperish
paint. It doesn't much resemble copper, though it's definitely copperish.
It degrades to dingy grayish brown bleah very quickly with exposure to air.
Like on the order of days or less. To protect it, you'd need to top coat
it, but the copper is so fragile it won't stand up to it. I've tried spray
lacquer (Deft), spray poly, and some spray "acryclic" craft stuff my wife
had. I've also tried brushing poly and shellac. They all have the same
effect. The copper comes right off. With the sprays the copper runs right
off, leaving you with clear coated substrate with a little copperishness
toward the bottom. With the brush, you just get a smeary mess.
All in all, I'd say it ain't what you're looking for in this application.
It's really expensive paint too; especially considering how useless it is.
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Thanks. I painted a test piece today and it does resemble copper pretty
well. I'm waiting to see how it looks in a couple of days though...and of
course I'll see if the copper comes right off when trying to protect it with
a clear coat.
In the sailboat world, stainless is now the metal easiest to get for
fabricated fittings. Many of us prefer the look of aged bronze. The
solution, found by accident, is to have the shiny stainless lightly
sandblasted and then exposed to sea water. In a month or so, it looks
bronzelike. Hope this helps.
One thing I've used in the past is DecoArt Patio Paint (you can find
it in the craft section of Wal-Mart these days). I used the copper one
on a giant piece of PVC pipe to make it look like a giant piece of
copper pipe (sponge painted to look patina) to make a tabletop
fountain with. From a distance it looks like a real copper pipe. The
bottle says for concrete/wood/terra cotta (i.e. porous surfaces), so
if you use it on metal, you might want to prime it. I didn't prime the
PVC though and it still looks fine about three years later, even after
being under water.
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