Finishing my basement.
The hydronic heat pipes loop around the basement's ceiling, along the perimeter, feeding all the radiators on the floors above.
I was thinking of shining up the pipe and spraying on a clear-coat.
What's the best way to clean a copper pipe?
I could take sand paper to it... but that would be ALOT of work.
I read a suggestion of using CLR (Calcium Lime Rust).
Would like to know if others have tried cleaning for the same reason, and what worked/didnt?
All input appreciated.
On 7/16/2016 12:14 AM, email@example.com wrote:
There are some good commercial copper cleaners on the market that you
just wipe on, let stand, wipe off. Any supermarket, home store will
Don't use abrasive paper as it will make a lot of scratches.
I think it's important to clean the pipes well
before spray painting. 3,000 PSI pressure
washer might work, to remove the cleaning
agent. Make sure it's dry before painting.
Then, the clear coat will work better.
Wonder if a truck stop or auto detailing place
might have metal polish?
On Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 7:57:27 AM UTC-4, Stormin Mormon wrote:
Let me see if I understand your post correctly.
You are suggesting that the OP use a 3000 PSI pressure washer to rinse
copper pipe that runs along the perimeter of a basement ceiling.
Just curious...do you see any downside to that method?
On Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 9:28:02 AM UTC-4, DerbyDad03 wrote:
I'm also wondering why with a finished basement the pipes are going
to be exposed. Typically you don't just have copper pipes, there are
usually waste pipes, electric cables, HVAC, etc and if you have those,
I don't see the point to shining up the copper.
Good question but a possible answer is just what is it that's exposed?
I was recently in a home (vintage 1954 - 1957) with hydronic heating.
In the basement which was not finished in the sense we're talking about,
there was a finned copper pipe running the length of the basement
centered (on each side the of the center I-beam). Pure and simple, in
addition to feeding the hydronic baseboard units on the main floor
above, these served as radiators for the basement. They were not flush
with the floor joists thus indicating that it was intended that should
the basement be finished and a ceiling installed, that these would be
below the finished ceiling.
I can't recall ever seeing a similar setup.
On 7/16/16 12:14 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Tell yer missus they look fine just like they are.
Remind her that the antiqued/natural look is very big currently among
rich folks' interior decorators, not to mention it's good for the
environment, beneficial to the children, and will help save both the
whales the rain forest
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