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Surface finish options
For brand new raw pieces of copper material (ie no welds or folds), we're happy to supply these as they come, but for jobs requiring welding or folding (ie where the material becomes marked and required some cleaning up or polishing) we have the following options for surface finishes:
• Vortex - applied with vibration tools in a tight swirl pattern, this is the most cost-effective surface finish option. It produces an even, non-reflective appearance.
Unless the surface is coated* to prevent contact with the atmosphere, it will go darker over time as the patina process evolves.
• Brushed - a light "grained" appearance, similar to brushed stainless steel. For mitred benchtops this gives a striking effect as the grain changes direction. This finish is slightly more reflective than Vortex, but much less reflective than either of the polished finishes below.
Again, unless the surface is coated* it will go darker over time as the patina evolves.
This is not a coating like paint where the outcome is pretty much guaranteed, the eventual appearance is dependant on atmospheric conditions, and the chemical/s used for this process.
Without a coating to prevent oxidation, the patina process will happen automatically. This is not a fault in the material or the fabrication process, it's just what happens when the material comes into contact with oxygen. If the desired effect is for the patina process to slow down at a particular point, you'll need to organise a clear coating to be applied (by others).
• Light polish - this will result in a semi-gloss style appearance, it's the most cost-effective of the polished options. Particularly well suited to benchtops where a polish is required.
Unless the surface is manually polished regularly*, or coated* very soon after polishing (ie within hours), the patina process will begin and blemishes may become visible within 1-2 days. These can usually be manually polished out again, but will require some effort.
• High polish - this isour premium surface finish option. The process is quite labour intensive, and is therefore more expensive than any of the other finishes we offer.
This finish is perfectly suited to nautical themed environments and up-market residential or commercial installations.
Again, unless the surface is manually polished regularly*, or coated* very soon after polishing (ie within hours), the patina process will begin and blemishes may become visible within 1-2 days. These can usually be manually polished out again, but will require some effort.
Closeup of a welded corner on a copper benchtop, highlighting the Vortex surface finish