Keeping copper shiny

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Keeping copper shiny

Postby stubbydrainer » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:34 pm

Hi folks
here's a question for the brains trust
How do you keep shiny copper shiny ? :think: :think: Is there a clear laquer or clear coating you can use on the still that isn't affected by the heat or alcohol ? Do any of you guys use anything ?
thanks in advance

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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby QLD.Andy » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:50 pm

Hair spray
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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby maheel » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:03 pm

QLD.Andy wrote:Hair spray


you serious or been drinking ? :laughing-rolling:

i thought Old Dog over on HD often talks about some sort of lacquer / varnish ? not sure what you need to handle the heat of +80c longer term etc ?
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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby MacStill » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:11 pm

You can buy a lacquer specially for copper but it's about $30 for a spray can of it, hair spray (extra hold) will keep it from tarnishing but a wipe with brasso brings it up shmick too ;)
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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby Sam. » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:15 pm

Am I the only person on here that doesn't care what it looks like but the product it produces? :think:

P.S. I can see why you want your still shiny, they do look good (AKA copper porn :laughing-rolling: ) or if you are selling a product..
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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby MacStill » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:34 pm

I give mine a good shine up once first built, but once it's on a boiler I dont care what mine looks like on the outside..... it's the magic indside it that I'm interested in :mrgreen:

Having said that, most of the stills I've sold have been sent out so shiny it'll blind you if your not wearing sunnies.... I take pride in my work and like it to look as good as it can too.

I can understand that if someone invests the time/effort/dollars in building something they're proud of, then why not have it looking the part too.

I wouldnt want my Ferrari covered in mud :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby 4runnin » Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:40 pm

you could always try the high temp acrylic clear from an auto parts store it's the one used for painting engines just make sure when you spray it that all holes are covered so no overspray goes inside the still.

i think you may also be able to get it from bunnings too
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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby stubbydrainer » Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:12 pm

Hair spray....... :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: Fuck I wasn't expecting an answer like that :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:

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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby olddog » Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:13 pm

All you are doing is sealing the surface of the copper to stop it oxidising. You could even paint it if you want a different color. :mrgreen:
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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby R-sole » Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:04 pm

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My second potstill. Caused a lot of discomfort on HD when i joined :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby 4runnin » Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:42 pm

my spirits wrote:You could even paint it if you want a different color.


punkin wrote:My second potstill. Caused a lot of discomfort on HD when i joined


awesome idea think i might paint my pot still (going to take a lot of work to clean it up nice and shiny only had hard silver solder so the whole thing is hard soldered so discoloured a lot from heat lol)

now to decide what colour.
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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby maheel » Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:51 pm

punkin wrote:
My second potstill. Caused a lot of discomfort on HD when i joined :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:


here is punkin hard at work putting the orange wonder together
NO WONDER you upset them lol

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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby R-sole » Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:29 pm

100% copper and silver solder. :teasing-neener:


AndIt'sDogDickRedPunkin
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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby SBB » Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:40 pm

Is that Gonzo???.........it sure looks like one :lol:
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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby R-sole » Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:28 pm

Yes, the still was named Gonzo. 8-)

The Bourbon girl reckoned it looked like 'rude bits'.... :lol:
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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby SBB » Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:41 pm

Geeze the rude bits would have to be sunburnt to look like that :(
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Re: Keeping copper shiny

Postby jamjar » Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:46 pm

Did you use this to spray paint it?
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