Should I use 5 mil or 22 mil copper patina sheet for my project?
For a detailed description of 5 mil and 22 mil see our
Copper Sheet Thickness Guide
5 mil (36 gauge) sheets are very easy to work with. They are very pliable and are easily cut with scissors. 22 mil is quite a bit thicker and is the thickness most often used for roofing applications. It can be easily cut with metal snips. Our customers have used both the 5 mil and 22 mil for backsplashes, countertops, and bartops. Note that if using 5 mil for a countertop or bartop, you MUST
add a two part epoxy
finish to add durability. Check out our tutorial on creating your own Copper Bartop, Countertop, or Tabletop
.Which finish should I choose?
A waxed finish offers some light protection to the patina and is suitable when the copper is mostly free from contact. Note that if you are planning to apply lacquer and/or epoxy, DO NOT order the waxed finish as the wax is NOT compatible with these sealants. An unsealed finish should be purchased if you are planning to lacquer and/or epoxy the copper patina sheet for more substantial and longer lasting protection. We recommend applying lacquer and a two part epoxy
on a non waxed finish for bar tops and tabletops especially when using lightweight copper. We also offer a lacquer finish.How do I remove finger prints from my patina sheets?
It is much easier to prevent these stains than removing them. If you do not use gloves when handling copper sheets, the oil from your fingers will stain the copper. Thus when handling our patina copper sheets, especially when unsealed, it is important that you use gloves to avoid staining. At Basic Copper we handle your copper sheets using gloves and take great care to make sure the copper arrives in the best possible condition! You should avoid using cleaners on our patina sheets as they may disturb and discolor the patina!Should I order all of the material I'm going to need at the same time?
Yes. Because each piece is truly unique, you should expect some slight variations in the patina-in other words, no two pieces are exactly alike. Thus it is best to order all of the sheets you are going to need for your project at the same time.Can I order a sample?
Yes. You can order 5" x 5" individual samples of 5 mil
or a sample packet with all of the finishes
. We do not have any 22 mil samples of the patina finishes. We can however send out small samples of raw 22 mil copper so you can see the thickness.How soon will my order ship?
Because developing these patinas is a complex and time consuming process, there is a 3-5 business day lead time for all patina sheets. Orders can be rushed, but there is a $65 expedited fee to ship next business day (note that this applies only to 5 mil (36 ga.) patina sheets up to 3’ x 8’).How is your patina sheets shipped?
They are rolled on to cores, handled with care, and packaged carefully to provide you with the best possible product. We ship both UPS and USPS.
What is your return policy for the patina sheets?
At Basic Copper we want to be sure you are happy with your order!
If you have any questions about what to expect, please email us
or phone (252-261-2677) for more information. You can also purchase samples of the various finishes here
If you are not satisfied with your order, return it to us within 30 days in the same condition and packaging that it arrived in, and we will issue a refund minus a 25% restocking fee. There is also a 25% order cancellation fee. All orders of 3 or more sheets, all orders 22 mil/16oz sheets, special orders, and international orders are exempt from this policy- they are non-refundable. The buyer will be responsible for the cost of return shipping unless the problem resulted from our error. Feel free to email us
if you have any questions.
Please ship returns insured via UPS or USPS to:
4165 Dowdy Ln.
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949