View Full Version : Shiny Copper

01-08-2010, 07:05 PM
What are the best ways to keep brushed or polished copper staying bright? I'd like something that applies easily, dries quickly, and stays around - all I want is everything.

01-08-2010, 07:27 PM
Easy applying, quick drying, spray varnish?

01-08-2010, 07:48 PM
Clear lacquer.

01-08-2010, 07:54 PM


01-08-2010, 09:06 PM
I'd caution you that unless your brightly polished copper is thoroughly cleaned of polish that has gotten INTO the surface of the copper,a sprayed lacquer finish will peel off like Saran wrap.

I've had to spend a lot of time cleaning polished brass with Stoddard solvent before applying a lacquer. It is amazing how much black crud will come out of a mirror polished piece made of rolled half hard brass.

01-08-2010, 10:31 PM
I did something a few years back, learnt from my woodworking days...I used tung oil and really worked it onto a buffed brass surface. The real tung oil, not that pretend tung. I have done this with candlesticks and many other things, rubbed in many times over and buffed by hand with a good soft cotton cloth (on the lathe, I just chuck of collet it up and spin it good). I am not sure of a brand name, I got a one gallon milk jug full from an old woodworking friend many years back. Stuff gets "very hard" when buffed vigorously.

01-09-2010, 06:34 AM
Im sure I saw Evan recommend rain-x for keeping things shiny somewhere. Forms a really thin see through coat.


01-09-2010, 04:20 PM
I will have to try rain-x, sounds like it will work.

01-09-2010, 05:43 PM
if its going outside ..there ain't nothing you can put on that you're not going to end up re-doing a couple of years later .

after you've coated it ..and its outside .you could pledge it once a week that will stretch it out.

all the best.markj

01-11-2010, 03:10 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions. These will eventually go outside, but my main concern is to keep them pretty while they sit indoors for weeks or months. I guess I'll have to do some testing of the different suggestions.