Real Copper and copper alloy flakes suspended in a thick latex glaze base. Copper Coating can be applied to almost any surface, causing the surface to take on the appearance of real copper. It doesn't stop there! Enhance the finish by applying one or more of our patina oxidizers and beautiful aging effects are the result. The difference between our Copper Coating and other faux coatings is the abundant presence of real copper and copper alloy metals. Produce depth, age and realistic character with a full range patina shades. In a matter of minutes you can transform wood, plaster casts, ceramic, tile, plastic, styrofoam, fiberglass, cement, almost any surface into a work of aged copper art. Because all of our metallic coatings contain real metals, they can be intermixed to create custom colors, and an unlimited range of patinas. With these water based products, clean up is as easy as washing with soap and water!
This is a latex glaze based coating and may be applied like any other latex paint. First prime the surface to be coated. Allow the primer to dry. Next apply the first coat of metallic coating using a brush, roller, sponge, spray, or any other method. The first coat should be fairly thin. Allow this to dry from four to twenty-four hours or until cured. Additional thin coats may be applied as desired. Allow each coat to cure before applying another coat, or the coating may become elastic. If you wish to patina areas of the coated surface, the patina oxidizer should be applied when the final coat is still damp, and only to the areas that you wish for a color change to occur. Depending on the surface coated and the amount of patina oxidizer used, a color change should begin to form in about ten minutes.
Because these coatings all contain real copper and copper alloys, they may be blended together to create custom colors. They are also very versatile when used in layers as with most faux finish techniques. Different layers may or may not be treated with a patina oxidizer. For instance, using the faux finish sponge method, apply in this order, Bronze Coating, Copper Coating and then Brass Coating. Starting with the darkest to the lightest, a very deep looking metallic surface is achieved. Because the surface now has depth and texture, color changes occur according to the type of light present and your angle of view. For a different look, but sticking with the same method and coating order include the addition of a light application of Verde Green oxidizer to the copper layer, while that layer is still damp. This damp layer of Copper Coating will patina more than the cured underlying layer of Bronze Coating. When the layer of Brass Coating is applied over the top, some of the Verde Green oxidizer present on the previous layer will bleed through and slightly patina the layer of Brass Coating. When the entire application is dried and fully cured, a beautiful, deep, almost natural looking aged metallic surface will be the result. As you can see, the possible combinations available are endless.
Our metallic coatings can be thinned either with water, or with one of the patina oxidizers for use as a wash over faux finishes, or as a stain on bare wood. This is an easy and attractive way to produce unique and antique finishes on wood and other porous surfaces.
Though not recommended, if used on top of steel, the steel must first be painted with a very durable, rust preventative primer. This is especially important if you are also using one of the oxidizers to patina the coating. The most common problem encountered when using our coatings on steel is that the steel tends to rust underneath the coating. This causes the coating to peel in these areas.
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Shelf life one year if properly sealed.
Coverage is 250 to 450 square feet, depending upon surface and thickness of the coat.
Do not use below 50 degrees or above 120 degrees.
VOC under 250