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post #1 of 23
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Hello guys!

Does anyone in here know if bending chrome-plated copper pipes will crack the plating on the pipes?

Im going to redo my rig soon with hard pipes instead og tubing, and I would like some other color than the copper pipes I think.

Does anyone have some pics or a link to a rig with black/red/white theme and regular copper piping? just so I can see if I think that looks good? smile.gif

thanks in advance guys!
post #2 of 23
In my experience just about anything chrome plated will crack (the plating that is) if bent more than a degree or two.
Your best bet would be to buy unplated hard piping, bend it to fit your rig perfectly (actually install all of it), then disassemble and take it out to have it plated.
post #3 of 23
plate them AFTER you bend
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post #4 of 23
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Ok, that was what I thought.. I have been thinking about painting it maybe, but I might just take a look at how it looks with just shiny copper piping before deciding whether or not to have the pipin painted or plated.. smile.gif

Just though this looked like you could do it.. but maybe that isnt copper..
http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=224731
post #5 of 23
It is copper. You don't want to use another metal on top of the copper blocking that you already are using or it'll create an icky chemical reaction between the two metals in the water.

Like this guy...he bends his copper tubing, then has it sent out to be plated in chrome. The thing is though, it's EXPENSIVE. You might see if it's possible to have it annodized but I dont' think you can do that with copper.

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post #6 of 23
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Right, ofcourse..

I dont think that is possible with copper either. I might just end up painting it or leaving it with its original copper color.. smile.gif

thanks guys, for your help! smile.gif
post #7 of 23
all black insides with copper = the sexy

If you want, I'll have my copper fittings tomorrow if you want to see how shiney copper looks inside

http://www.overclock.net/t/1350525/build-log-29cu-cyprus-water-cooling-featuring-copper-accenting
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post #8 of 23
Look at BNEGATIVES thread called pipe bending 101.

He actually bent plated copper, but you better know *** you are doing or you will crack it. Look at his thread he shows what tools you need, how to measure for bends, step by step how to bend, etc..

He lists places to buy copper pipes, fittings and types of fittings, etc..

Great thread for what you are looking for and has tons of pictures. One guy even used acrylic tubing.


Check it out
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post #9 of 23
You can bend plated copper,I have done it with only the tinest amount of crazing on the inner radius. The external radius was fine.
I bent this particular brand of tube a lot so it was not hard but all tube is different and your mileage will vary
best method is get it done after you have formed it.
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Look at BNEGATIVES thread called pipe bending 101.

He actually bent plated copper, but you better know *** you are doing or you will crack it. Look at his thread he shows what tools you need, how to measure for bends, step by step how to bend, etc..

He lists places to buy copper pipes, fittings and types of fittings, etc..

Great thread for what you are looking for and has tons of pictures. One guy even used acrylic tubing.


Check it out

could have given him the link lol

http://www.overclock.net/t/1280153/pipe-bending-101
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