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    Copper plate / bronzing various parts.. ??

    Please see pic attached..

    I am just wondering about the copper parts on the bike, like cups and bolts, how can I achieve this??

    I am guessing dipping will be expensive, any paints out there?? Or something??

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    See if there is an electroplating shop in your area and ask about the cost.

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    Copper is reddish brown, like a new penny or copper pipe and fittings at the hardware store. More likely what you're looking for is brass or brass color which is more yellow than copper. This is done either by using brass as the material or plating (most often electroplating) with materials that will produce a brass color. You can find places that will do this for you, and also set up to do it yourself. Check this for an example of copper plating a nickle: http://www.instructables.com/id/Clea...lectroplating/

    Thin plating will wear off pretty quickly. Thick plating is more durable but more difficult to do. Often several different layers of different materials are used to build up a good durable coat of the desired color. Google appropriately...
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    Copper loves steel when dipped in a bath of Acids containing dissolved Copper it jumps on .. but actually preparing the electroplating system
    will get it applied properly

    When cars had chromed bumpers , 1st it was copper plate then Nickel ,before the Chromium layer ..


    Bronzed baby shoes , are a copper electro plating ..


    yea there are copped colored spray paints in rattle cans .. for the simple DIY job ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Bronzed baby shoes , are a copper electro plating ....
    I remember when those were all the rage but I haven't seen any in decades. I guess they were just expensive dust catchers and the word got out.

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    back in the leather shoe days .. the small electo-plating rigs may still be found ..

    Sized suitable for the small parts plating the OP seemed to ask about .

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    You can use copper leaf and then clearcoat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    .......When cars had chromed bumpers , 1st it was copper plate then Nickel ,before the Chromium layer ..........
    AKA Triple Chrome Plating.

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