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Is the MMC copper pipe seen here: http://www.mcmaster.com/#9935k16/=qwb65r already plated? I've been digging through the thread but I didn't find a direct confirmation of this.
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Is the MMC copper pipe seen here: http://www.mcmaster.com/#9935k16/=qwb65r already plated? I've been digging through the thread but I didn't find a direct confirmation of this.

Looks like bare copper pipe to me. Don't trust that image, it's not of the pipe.

For bare copper pipes, you will find a much better price at coppertubingsales.com.
But I am guessing you want plated pipes.
I would be afraid that the plating might crack when bending the pipes, I don't know. I know some guys were able to do it.
I'd get my pipes plated after they are bent and cut, to be on the safe side.
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Looks like bare copper pipe to me. Don't trust that image, it's not of the pipe.

For bare copper pipes, you will find a much better price at coppertubingsales.com.
But I am guessing you want plated pipes.
I would be afraid that the plating might crack when bending the pipes, I don't know. I know some guys were able to do it.
I'd get my pipes plated after they are bent and cut, to be on the safe side.


It seems like plating them will make the project a lot more expensive!

What about sanding->priming->painting? Is that possible?
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Sure. My copper pipes will just be polished to a shine. But you can very well paint them any color you wish.
Me, I like the look of shiny bare copper.
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It seems like plating them will make the project a lot more expensive!

What about sanding->priming->painting? Is that possible?

You can just use chrome spray paint if you want that kind of look. Looks very close to the real deal.
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Looks like bare copper pipe to me. Don't trust that image, it's not of the pipe.

For bare copper pipes, you will find a much better price at coppertubingsales.com.
But I am guessing you want plated pipes.
I would be afraid that the plating might crack when bending the pipes, I don't know. I know some guys were able to do it.
I'd get my pipes plated after they are bent and cut, to be on the safe side.

Hi, what do you pay to get them plated ?
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Hi, what do you pay to get them plated ?
I have no idea what the cost would be.
There is a guy in the last few pages on this thread who had it done. Look him up and PM him for that info I guess.

Problem with plating is you might have to plate both the inside and outside of the pipe. And I hesitate to introduce more metals in my loop (chrome and/or nickel).
Some chrome paints might actually look pretty good and get close to the real thing if done right.....for a lot cheaper too. I'm a motorcycle rider and a big fan of motorcycles. A lot of them have plastic parts painted like chrome and you wouldn't know the difference unless you tapped on it to find out it's plastic. I don't know how they do it thought.
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Yes, it squashes on the outside of the bend. But it's not caused by the dies crushing the pipe. Something else is causing it. Probably slipping from the lock or tubes too hard to bend properly.

I had this happen when I ended up with tubing that was thinner walled. Thicker walled tube solved this. However I noticed that I had to be careful when selecting tube because of manufacturing differences.
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I had this happen when I ended up with tubing that was thinner walled. Thicker walled tube solved this. However I noticed that I had to be careful when selecting tube because of manufacturing differences.
You think annealing my pipes will help?
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