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But the brown will come first, and the brown looks really ugly.
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then years pass
i make this pc for 3yrs will it not make like this green if have good care?

Maybe if you completely neglected it and did nothing when you saw the first signs of discoloration, after three or four years, it might start to look brownish.

Under normal outdoor conditions, it takes many years for the full patina to form, minimum of around seven in a salty climate near the sea, up to several decades if you are in an inland area with low pollution. Indoors, inside your computer, it will probably never happen.

Just polish it every few months and it will always look clean and bright.
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My mind is an information sponge, and all the facts about copper tubing is making my brain rust!
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Maybe if you completely neglected it and did nothing when you saw the first signs of discoloration, after three or four years, it might start to look brownish.

Under normal outdoor conditions, it takes many years for the full patina to form, minimum of around seven in a salty climate near the sea, up to several decades if you are in an inland area with low pollution. Indoors, inside your computer, it will probably never happen.

Just polish it every few months and it will always look clean and bright.

okay! i need info like that now confident in building! thumb.gif

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My mind is an information sponge, and all the facts about copper tubing is making my brain rust!

you put lacquer so no more rust tongue.gif
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if you heat your clean copper to 200-300 you can force oxydation and it sometimes look more like petrol on water doing strange blue reflect on it

this stainless steel that i used with oxygen plasma under vacuum is an extrem exemple for that but the color would be something like that :





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Copper Tubing that is nickel plated would look quite sick! If I was to go copper tubing, I would do this. thumb.gif

I do this regularly...

Normal copper

And..





Chromed tho...not nickel.
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He's not talking about corrosion, he's talking about copper patina, which is a completely different thing.

In normal environments it takes a long time for copper to develop its full green patina. We're talking several years of constant outdoor exposure. This isn't something you would be likely to see happen on copper that has been installed inside a computer case. You might get some earlier-stage tarnishing, but ss was mentioned, if you seal it with some lacquer or copper polish that should keep it looking clean and bright.

FWIW, the green patina in most cases is in fact very desirable for outdoor copper since it acts as a natural protective coating and actually helps prevent corrosion.

This.
It also requires an acid environment,air exposure will take a loooooong time to turn it green.

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When copper oxidizes, it tends to turn from shiny reddish brown into a matte brown.

no green?

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I'd recommend chrome plated copper tubing or some kind of lacquer on the outside of the tube. Bare copper seems to oxidize really fast.

Both acrylic and copper tube are really hard to bend, so it's really down to which one you think looks better.

okay i think i put lacquer, im not fan of acrylic its break easy mad.gif

No,it doesnt. Guide in my sig if you wish to try it.
Both have their strong and weak points,copper is easier to bend consistently but acrylic lets you run coloured fluid.
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