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Old 23-11-2018, 20:08   #1
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Copper Sheeting on bulkheads?

Hi, It may be a dumb question, but I wanted to know if covering a bulkhead with copper would be okay? I love the look of copper and was thinking about covering the buklheads in the v-berth with copper sheeting. Dangerous...lightening, heat?

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Old 23-11-2018, 20:24   #2
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Re: Copper Sheeting on bulkheads?

Assuming there are any electrical outlets, connections or wiring in, around or close to the bulkheads, it could be dangerous. It could trap moisture behind the copper which could damage the wood. It doesn't flex like wood and could cause noise.

And there is no such thing as "lightening" (sp) unless you mean decreasing weight which is counterintuitive.
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Thanks. I meant lightening strikes (as in thunder and lightening). I appreciaten your imput. it was just a thought.

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Okay...my bad “lightning” not “lightening”.
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Re: Copper Sheeting on bulkheads?

Priced copper sheeting lately? And have you ever tried to keep copper looking good in a marine environment?

Maybe time for a re-think about your decor!

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Re: Copper Sheeting on bulkheads?

Better to put it on the bottom of the boat. ��
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Old 23-11-2018, 21:18   #7
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Re: Copper Sheeting on bulkheads?

Okay, I hear you. A number of years ago I covered a salon table on a small boat I had with copper. It did look good and even as it aged, perhaps not such a good idea on bulkheads though.... got it!

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Re: Copper Sheeting on bulkheads?

If you want the look of copper without all of the negatives listed, look in your local home store, several companies make sheets of composite materials that look like copper, usually a pvc material. Formica makes a copper lookalike, all of it light, cheap(er) and easier to work.
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Re: Copper Sheeting on bulkheads?

Thanks for the info. Yeap, that sounds like the way to go!

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If you want the look of copper without all of the negatives listed, look in your local home store, several companies make sheets of composite materials that look like copper, usually a pvc material. Formica makes a copper lookalike, all of it light, cheap(er) and easier to work.

I wonder if you could use it on the bottom, and fool those organisms that love to grow on boat bottoms into thinking you had a copper bottom ;-)
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There’s an idea...I think it’s been done!
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Re: Copper Sheeting on bulkheads?

Isnít that what vc17 does?
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You could always try copper epoxy antifoul on the inside!
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Re: Copper Sheeting on bulkheads?

If you really want a copper effect on a bulkhead there are painted effect finishes available from specialist paint manufacturers.
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