Copper Countertop Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the Light 36 Gauge and the Heavy 24 Gauge copper countertops?
Our light 36 gauge copper is thin and requires a lacquer base coat followed by a self-level epoxy coating. Both products can be purchased in our Tools & Supplies section of our website. The end result is a brilliant glossy surface that is extremely durable with virtually no maintenance. The light 36 gauge copper can be cut with scissors or a utility knife and adhered using contact cement. This is a great DIY project that can be completed in one day, or you can hire a handyman or a laminate installer to do it for you. It's a good idea to have them watch our Tutorial Video, since they might not have worked with copper before. This will show them just how easy it is.
Our premium heavy 24 gauge copper has about the thickness of a credit card and only requires a few coats of our COPPERLAC lacquer. You can cut it with hand shears and adhere it using contact cement.
Can you apply the light 36 gauge copper over an existing Laminate or Formica countertop?
Yes, you simply scuff the surface with some sand paper and adhere the copper to the counter using contact cement. You can view our Copper Bar Top Tutorial which will show you just how easy this project is.
How do you handle the edges of the countertop using the light 36 gauge copper?
Since the light 36 gauge copper is thin, you easily fold it by hand over the front and sides of your counter. Next, cut your corners using scissor and then take a laminate roller and apply pressure to the front and sides of the counter to adhere the copper to those areas. To finish, simply spray a base coat of our COPPERLAC lacquer on the countertop, then pour your epoxy over the surface. The epoxy will do all of the work for you as it self-levels to 1/8". Since the epoxy is thick in consistency, it will remain on the surface of the counter and only a small amount will drip over the front and side edge coating them. Take a paint brush and wipe the front and sides to ensure they are completely covered with epoxy. Next take a heat gun ($22 at Lowes or Home Depot) and simply wave it over the front and sides. This will make the brush strokes in the epoxy disappear. Once the epoxy hardens, you will have a stunning copper bar top!
How do you handle the edges of the countertop using the heavy 24 gauge copper?
Cut your front and sides edges from the copper sheet and adhere them using contact cement. Cut your surface copper leaving a 1/2" over hang. Next, take a router and route off the edge so that it is flush. You can take some sand paper and smooth the edges out. This will leave a traditional copper edge. You can darken the copper to give it a patina look using some Liver of Sulphur which can be purchased on Amazon.com. You can also do a raised wood edge, if you prefer, and simply drop in the copper sheet so that it is flush with the edge (view photo). You can view a complete tutorial for doing heavy 24 gauge copper countertops here.
Can you place hot items on the countertop?
Yes, plates and bowls are fine; however, you will want to use pot holders if you are setting pots and pans from the stove onto the countertop.
How do I clean the countertops.
Both styles of copper countertops can be cleaned with soapy water.
If you have additional questions, just email us and we will get back to you quickly during normal business hours.