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Forum topic by Kelly posted 01-24-2018 07:54 PM 345 views 2 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kelly

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01-24-2018 07:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: copper copper plate copper plating electroplating electroforming paint copper paint graphite copper and graphite buff sand finish finishing tip

In the course of mixing and experimenting with conductive paints for use in my copper plating and electroforming projects (copper plated wood), I mixed copper in with the graphite and ModPodge I was using, in an effort to up the conductivity of the paint. Once I’d coated the item, I sanded it, lightly, with 600 grit sand paper and noticed the dark, black, flat paint was transforming to a shiny, copper finish, like one you’d get after adding patina to bare copper.

On a whim, I painted a wood piece without using either primer or sealer and took it over to the buffer. In seconds, I had what looked exactly like a patinaed copper piece.

The posted pictures and steps for doing this at:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Realistic-Metalic-Copper-Plating-Paint/


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#1 posted 01-25-2018 12:50 AM

Nice effect. Thanks for sharing that technique.

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#2 posted 01-25-2018 01:40 AM

Terrific effect.

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#3 posted 01-25-2018 01:57 AM

Interesting idea. May have to play mad scientist one night and see how it works on something.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 01-25-2018 02:57 AM

When I look into the prices for copper paint, the cost of a little ModPodge, graphite and copper powder makes experimenting much easier to contemplate. Gallons run in the area of $150.00 and up.


Interesting idea. May have to play mad scientist one night and see how it works on something.

- woodbutcherbynight


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