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Old 11-02-2013, 08:23 AM   #1
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i just pit a bunch of copper in for my kitchen sink. what do i use to clean the pipes so they don't turn green ? if it can polish them up a little, all the better.

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Not going to happen.
In fact trying to clean it off will cause it to corrode faster.
Not having any leaks, and 50% or les humidly in the house is all you need to not have it turn green.

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Old 11-02-2013, 09:28 AM   #3
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Wipe your fittings with soap and water to remove the flux residue.
You can paint them if you want.....
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If you clean off the flux, as mentioned, you won't have a problem. If it is exposed and you just want it nice and shiny, then polish it up and use clear shoe polish on it.
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They turn green, from any chemicals stored under the sink, not just because. I have Copper under my bath & Kitchen sink, never have had any issues with it turning Green. If it does, it will do it at the joints, before the whole section.
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Wipe them down with a couple of squirts of WD-40 on 0000 steel wool.
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thanx fella's.

i did wipe them down. i will do it again with pb blaster.
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Wipe your fittings with soap and water to remove the flux residue.
You can paint them if you want.....
Ayuh,.... When I redid the bathroom in my rental, 'bout 8 years ago, the shower pipes were gonna be "Exposed", so I cleaned 'em up with a green scotch pad, 'n painted 'em with clear Rustoleum enamel,...

So far, they're still lookin' like clean shiny copper pipes,...
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what is your purpose for doing so????? ben sr
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what is your purpose for doing so????? ben sr
there is a good bit of pipe exposed under the kitchen sink. i just don't want it to become unsightly.
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It's under a sink, when is that area NOT unsightly?

As for keeping copper shiny, I have a copper mailbox that I put what amounts to musical instrument grade clear coat on it (I have a can left, but it's packed away otherwise I'd mention the name). I applied six coats. Six years later, even after being out in full sun and the elements (south-facing, no shade) it still looks brand new. I'll probably put on a fresh coat or two before reinstalling it at the new house. So it "can" be done, but for under a sink? Why bother?
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I guess I wouldn't spend too much time seeing that they're going to be underneath / inside a cabinet. No matter what with copper it will eventually dull the look. But yes after soldering wipe Fittings with wet rag to clean the excess flux off.
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when was the last time you seen it run this way ? yeah, thats what i thought

i just want to keep this from looking ugly. it doesn't look bad now.

btw. dishwasher just showed up.
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Nothing wrong with a man taking pride in a smart looking plumbing job.
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Please tell me that trap is not laying on it's side.

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