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    Copper Pipe

    I have some copper pipe that I am using in a project that I will start assembling soon. Is there a way to clean up the pipe to make it look new and bright (at least for a while) since its kinda of dull right now. Its just standard copper pipe for water lines.

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    Just hit it with a little "00" steel wool or maybe even a little finer and it'll be as bright as new! You could use some 150 or so sandpaper but even that would scratch it up a bit. The steel wool should do the job nicely and it'll be smooth and bright.

    Good luck!

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    Take it from a sailor. one word. "Brasso", available at your local borg.
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    3M Scotchbrite works good if you're looking for a satin finish.
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    Oh geez, I never even thought about Brasso! That would be the easiest. But just after I made my reply I looked over and saw a length of badly discolored 1" copper pipe leaning in the corner. I went over to the bench and grabbed a hunk of "0" steel wool and rubbed on a section of the pipe for a very short time and it looks great. It shined it right up! But I agree, a chemical cleaner would probably be a little less work.
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    Try the steel wool then go with Brasso, it will shine like a new penny, if you want it to stay that way you will need to spray some clear sealer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    Take it from a sailor. one word. "Brasso", available at your local borg.

    ...and from a JROTC, it shines up buckles and buttons real nice.
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    Simichrome works great. Kinda of expensive. You can find it in antique shops.

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    think hard , there must be some new tool you can justify for doing this

    (buffing wheel and compound maybe ?)

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    Now that you are know what to use to make it shiny, what do you plan to use on it to keep it that way?

    Here in Maine, the company I work for leases out a building from a well known Maine artist. Being a boatyard, naturally that building is right on the water. Its a beautiful building with copper flashing and trim everywhere. Orginally the owner wanted the building to have bright shiny copper, but by the time the workers got done doing a five foot section of the copper, the salt air tarnished it. After a week of chasing their tails, the owner gave up and now its a dark, tarnished color.

    I have heard though that Crystal Clear Arcrlic will keep it shined up.

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