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What paint, please, for copper pipes?

Postby steameraeg » Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:28 pm

Hi,
I intend to paint the walls on the under stairs cupboard.
The gas meter and copper gas supply pipes are visible and I'd like to paint the pipes white.
Is there a paint that IS suitable for copper (or is there a type of paint that should NOT be used on copper pipes?)
I'd be very grateful for any advice or help.
Cheers
CJ
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Postby stoneyboy » Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:48 am

Hi steameraeg
Yes to oil based paint eg undercoat, no to water based paint eg emulsion.
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Postby steameraeg » Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:44 am

Thanks for the info about oil based undercoats, S.
Just as a matter of interest, can you tell me why is this?
I ask because other websites have people who seem to have had good experience of using water based paints.
Cheers and thanks again,
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Postby stoneyboy » Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:11 pm

Hi steameraeg
The issue with water based paints is that they do not adhere well to non porous surfaces especially if there is condensation likely to form on the pipes.
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Postby steameraeg » Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:29 am

Aha, now I get it!
Thanks again,S, for the help and info, off now to find an oil based undercoat, must have some - somewhere in the garage!
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