Epoxy Over Copper We recommend that you wait 24 hours after adhering copper to your surface before pouring the epoxy over it. This gives the contact cement time to cure.
Q: How much does shipping cost? A: Our standard shipping rate is calculated at the actual cost which averages around 10% of your total order. Each order is insured for the purchase price and packaged well.
Q: How is the copper shipped? A: Our light 36 gauge copper is rolled on tubes and packaged well to ensure it that arrives undamaged. We ship our light 36 gauge copper via Fedex Ground. Our heavy 24 gauge copper is rolled on large carboard tubes and is boxed or wood-crated and shipped by Fedex or freight service. Hammered copper sheets ship flat by UPS or freight service.
Q: Which copper should I use for a countertop? A: Either copper can be used for countertops. Each has a distinct look. Our light (36 gauge) copper is must be protected by applying one coat of our COPPERLAC lacquer followed by our self-leveling epoxy coating. One finished, the surface is extremely durable and has a brilliant high-gloss shine that is incredible to behold. Both products can be found on our Tools and Supplies page.
Our premium (24 gauge) heavy copper can be used for countertops and does not require an epoxy coating since the copper is much thicker and durable on it's own. Just apply 2 coats of our COPPERLAC lacquer for long lasting, maintenance-free protection. The result is a semi-gloss surface with more of a traditional rustic look. Either surface can easily be cleaned with warm soapy water.
Q: Which copper should I use for a backsplash? A: Our premium heavy 24 gauge copper is recommended for a backsplash as it is much thicker than our light 36 gauge copper and will not expand or contract over time with changing temperatures. The light 36 gauge copper can bubble from expansion when used on a large wall (this does not happend on a flat surface such as bar tops or countertops as they receive a thick coat of epoxy). Our premium heavy 24 gauge copper can be applied directly to a wall using liquid nails.
Q: Which copper should I use for a bar top? A: Our light copper is most commonly used for bar tops in restaurants and homes. It must be protected with a base coat of our COPPERLAC lacquer which seals the copper surface. Next, simply apply a self-leveled flood coat (1/8 inch) of our commercial grade clear epoxy. This will leave you with a waterproof, semi-gloss finish that is spectacular to behold. We include simple instructions with every epoxy order. Our premium heavy copper can be used for bar tops and does not require an epoxy coating since the copper is much thicker and durable on it's own. Just apply 2 coats of our COPPERLAC lacquer. View our [Bar Top Instructions]
Q: How do you do the corners and sides of a countertop? A: 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! Please watch our tutorial video on doing corners using the heavy 24 gauge copper.
Q: Can your copper be used outside? A: Yes, our heavy copper can be used outside as long as you have applied 3-4 coats of our COPPERLAC for protection against UV rays, rain and other outdoor elements. Our COPPERLAC has been tested to provide up to 10 years of protection outdoors before needing to be reapplied.
Q: Which copper should I use for a ceiling, and how do I adhere it? A: Our heavy (24 gauge) copper is used for ceilings and can be cut with standard hand shears to the desired size. Adhere it to the ceiling using Liquid Nails. A coat of our COPPERLAC lacquer is recommended to seal the copper for long lasting, maintenance-free protection.
Lacquer is recommended for the highest level of protection. Our COPPERLAC lacquer is specifically designed for patina copper and provides many years of maintenance-free protection. Our specially engineered patina lacquer COPPERLAC can be purchased in the Tools & Supplies section.
If you are using our using our light (36 gauge) copper for a bar top, tabletop, or countertop, we recommend a lacquer coating, followed by a self-leveling epoxy coating. This will give you a beautiful and extremely durable surface. See Bar and Table Top Epoxy COMMERCIAL GRADE for more info. We recommend that you wait 24 hours after adhering copper to your surface before pouring the epoxy over it. This gives the contact cement time to cure.
Since our heavy (24 gauge) copper is very durable, two coats of lacquer is sufficient for long lasting, maintenance-free protection.
Q: Do you sell the light gauge copper in a 4 foot width? A: Light copper comes in a 3 foot width only. It is an industry standard size for that weight. Our heavy copper comes in both 3 foot and 4 foot widths.
Q: How thick is the light copper, and can it be bent? A: The light copper is a standard 5 mil, which is approximately 36 gauge. If you take a foot-long sheet of aluminum foil and fold it five times, you will have an idea of how thick a copper sheet is. A 3' by 4' sheet weighs 3 lbs. The copper can be folded easily by hand and can be wrapped around nearly anything. The light 36 gauge copper can be wrapped around crown molding, columns, wood trim, wood panels, and just about anything. It adheres with orginal forumula contact cement.
Q: What do you use to cut the light copper? A: A standard pair of scissors will suffice. We use Fiskars scissors that can be purchased at any home improvement center, Walmart, or fabric store. A sharp utility knife can also be used to cut our light copper (use a new blade).
Q: How do you adhere copper to a surface? A: Our light copper can be applied to any surface using Weldwood Original Formula contact cement which is sold in Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart and many online retailers. The Gel formula and the newer water based environmentally safe formulas do not work. Please note, your can might say "Do not to use on copper"; you can disregard that, as we have been using standard contact cement for nearly 15 years, including adhering copper to ceilings. For bar tops only, you can use Titebond II Premium Wood Glue which will allow you some dry time to move the copper around for aligning. Once adhered, you will need to apply pressure to the surface which can be done by laying down some heavy books throughout and allowing it to dry 24 hours.
Q: What type of substrate do you recommend with the light 36 gauge copper? A: We recommend that MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) be used for the substrate as it will not expand and contract like plywood and other types of wood. Wood expands and contracts over time which could cause the light 36 gauge copper to push up, bubble, or wrinkle. Wrapping copper completely around the MDF is also best to ensure that it is tight thus reducing the chance of any issues down the line.
Q: How thick is the heavy copper? A: The heavy 24 gauge copper is a standard 16oz. roofing copper and is approximately the thickness of a credit card. It weighs one pound per square foot. You can view a brief video of the copper being cut with hand shears on our Video Section of our website.
Q: What do you use to cut the heavy (16 ounce) copper? A: We recommend high quality hand shears, which are available at any home improvement center. The exact pair that we use is a Malco 14 inch Aluminum Snip MC14N or MC14A (they are sold on Amazon.com).
Q: How do you adhere copper to a surface? A: Our heavy (24 gauge) copper can be applied to any surface using Weldwood contact cement Original Formula or Liquid Nails which can be purchased at any home improvement center. Please make sure to follow all instructions on the glue. We do recommend using 2 x 4's and clamping down all edges and seams on surface for 36 hours when using Liquid Nails for the adhesive.
Q: What type of substrate do you recommend with the Heavy 24 Gauge Copper? A: We recommend that MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) be used for the substrate as it will not expand and contract like plywood and other types of wood. Wood expands and contracts over time which could cause the copper to break free from the adhesive over time.