How to Remove Scratches & Digs From Copper Sheeting


Copper sheeting is often used as a decorative material in the kitchen and in other areas of the home as cladding. Dings and scratches will quickly ruin the appearance of the sheeting. Even worse, dings and scratches collect dirt and debris, discoloring the copper. Proper buffing and the addition of filler materials can remove most minor surface anomalies. Always use good quality metal finishes when working with copper to prevent damage to the metal and failure of the repair.

Things You'll Need

  • Anodize remover
  • Liquid detergent
  • Course-grit sandpaper
  • Rag
  • Brown tripoli buffing compound
  • Power sander
  • Strip the copper of any finishes using an anodize remover, available from most hardware stores. Apply the anodize remover according to the instructions on the label. Wash the surface with liquid detergent and water.

  • Sand the surface lightly using a coarse-grit sandpaper. Rub the sandpaper on the surface to remove the abrasion. Start with 80-grit sandpaper and move up to 400 grit if necessary. Wipe off the surface with a rag.

  • Apply an all-purpose brown tripoli buffing compound to the copper surface using the buffer attachment for your power sander. Rub the compound into the surface using the instructions on the label.

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