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    Lightbulb Know anything about Copper Sinks??

    I'm thinking of installing a copper kitchen sink under granite slab on old cabinetry recently stripped and repainted white in an effort to update an old kitchen.

    Anyone know anything about copper sinks? Have any pros/cons?

    Wondering what the longevity of a copper sink is?

    I've read they don't turn green but instead a caramel brown color. Is this true?

    Any concerns for resale? Would this scare a buyer off?


    Thank you!

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    the only ones I have ever seen had turned almost a brownish black.

    their are a ton of chemicals that will mess that up ie bleach, ect....

    you could scew one up without even trying.


    just think of the old gutters you have seen and go from there.


    Stainless Steel is much easier on the eye

    in my opinion.

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    It might not be too bad if the entire sink changed color evenly, but they do not. The sink will develop a "blotchy" appearance as some areas remain copper while other spots tarnish. Even if the sink were to have a protective coating, it will still be damaged and discolor at those points.

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    The authentic Mexican hammered copper sinks are all made of just one piece of a previously cut copper plate that is patiently hammered and heated in a wood fire until the shape desired by the artisan is obtained and a brand new piece of copper Mexican art is out of the shop and ready to be sold in the market. But things are not that simple, there is one more process that has to be applied to the copper sinks surface prior to its final exhibition and sale in the world market. The sinks must be carefully “patinated”, this way the surface will be protected against elements as water and air, giving Copper Sinks its characteristic color and charming look.

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    "patinated"? That sounds like preweathering it so it looks like it is already 20 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by master plumber mark View Post
    the only ones I have ever seen had turned almost a brownish black.

    their are a ton of chemicals that will mess that up ie bleach, ect....

    you could scew one up without even trying.


    just think of the old gutters you have seen and go from there.


    Stainless Steel is much easier on the eye

    in my opinion.
    I wouldn't agree with that. If properly care about copper sink it'll las really long. Copper sinks is definetly something original and it's worth trying.

    There are lots FAQs and answers over here : Copper sinks.
    I hope you'll find it helpful.

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    We have had a couple of copper sinks in our bathroom for over three years with no maintenance at all. They look almost as beautiful as new. We found a lot of answers to our questions on this website:hammered copper sinks frequently asked questions.

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