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    Default Pros and Cons of copper sinks

    Thinking of getting copper bathroom sinks and was wondering if anyone here has any experience with them
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    No personal experience with them. But, do have some with copper bottomed pans. I think it will be high maintenance, show water spots and stains. Do you have a maid?
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    Hard to keep clean, good for "show only" most times.


    Some people like the aged/stained look on those though.
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    They discolor very quickly, so they are a high maintenance item.

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    They can be very nice if bought in a PVD finish other wise you will be polishing to shine it unless you like the greenish, oxidized look.

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    PVD finish is even worse because as the finish deteriorates the results are very uneven. Shiny copper with green blotches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood View Post
    PVD finish is even worse because as the finish deteriorates the results are very uneven. Shiny copper with green blotches.
    PVD applied right and if no abrasives are used will not tarnish ever.

    It is normally guaranteed for life.

    It is just like every thing else...some people do their jobs right others don't.

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    Default Copper sinks

    Copper lavatory sinks can be a major problem if they are coated with a lacquer or any kind of faux finish. A natural copper sink, if purchased with a natural patina, will require very little maintenance. I have had two copper sinks in my master bath for 7 years and they have served me well.

    It is difficult to find copper sinks without some sort of faux finish on them. Try looking for copper sinks made in the USA. Most of the imports seem to have a lacquer over the copper which will wear off unevenly over time.

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    Many people asks about how to take care of these beautiful sinks, they are worried and many times they think it can be a daunting task, but that thought about the care a copper sink needs is too far from reality. Caring for these
    Copper Sinks bowls is surprisingly easy, more than many people may have thought, and they are virtually maintenance free.

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    Default # Pros and Cons of copper sinks

    The picture shows a bathroom copper sink we got over three years ago. No maintenance at all! I think everything depends on several factors: Type of water (heavy or not), finish, and use. The white spots in the sinks are water drops, I took a picture when it was wet.

    We found a very complete copper sinks FAQ that will help to make a better informed decision.


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    That looks like an "antique copper finish" which is vastly different than a "copper sink".

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    My father in law is a metal smith and has fabricated his own copper countertops from sheet copper. These get very wet as copper basins would. They get a tarnished green aged look that is gorgeous. Don't fight it, they last forever, but only go this route if you like this aesthetic.

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    Default Copper sink properties

    Hello,
    I happen to be an expert with copper sinks. If the sink, or countertop, starts out with a natural patina, the product is virtually maintenance free. In fact, if you scratch the bottom of a copper sink, the patina will quickly reappear and hide the scratch. Take a look at aboutcoppersinks.org. There is some good information there.

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