How to Install a Copper Sink

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A copper sink can add a lot of sparkle to an otherwise boring kitchen, bath or bar. The sinks can be hammered for a rustic look or polished to a high shine for a modern feel. Copper complements almost any surface and can be installed in granite counters, butcher or natural stone. Installing a copper sink is similar to any other sink installation. There are a few minor differences, however, like the type of adhesive to use and the finish coating that is applied to the copper, that make it slightly more complicated than other projects.

Things You'll Need

  • Putty knife
  • Pliers
  • Metal scraper
  • Steel wool
  • Polyurethane-based adhesive
  • Sink-mounting clamps
  • Rags
  • Paste wax
  • Put the tip of a putty knife under the lip of the existing sink. Slide the knife around the sink to break through any adhesive that holds the sink in place. Find the mounting clamps. Loosen the clamps with pliers and remove them. Lift the sink out of the counter.

  • Scrape away all adhesive residue from the top of the counter with a metal scraper. Dampen a piece of 0000 steel wool and scrub the surface to remove any remaining adhesive. Dry the counter thoroughly.

  • Spread polyurethane-based adhesive along the edge of the sink. Polyurethane-based products will not cause the copper to tarnish. Set the sink into the open space in the counter.

  • Open the cabinet doors and lay on your back under the copper sink. Place sink mounting clamps so that they attach to the lip of the sink and the bottom of the counter. Tighten the clamps. Remove any adhesive that squeezes out between the sink and the counter with a damp rag. Let the adhesive set according to the instructions on the package.

  • Dip a soft cloth into paste wax. Rub the wax into the copper sink until you have covered the entire sink with a light coat of wax. Buff with a clean, soft cloth to remove the excess wax. Do this three to four times a year to protect your sink from excessive tarnish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use abrasive cleaners or scrub sponges on your sink. Perform regular cleaning with dish-washing soap and a soft sponge.

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