Copper Paint for Dormers, Bay Windows and Overhangs


Looking for a quick improvement to your home’s appearance–consider copper liquid coating.

Roofs over dormers or bay windows could be lovely accent areas in the appearance of your home. Dormers are relatively small, but quite visible as you approach your place. Therefore the cost and time could be minimal to achieve a more attractive impression. And copper liquid paint offers an opportunity to change an aging roof surface to something more eye-catching.

Copper liquid coating was developed several years ago to repair damaged metal roofing. These damaged roof panels required weatherproofing as well as a coppery finish. The solution was to add copper flakes to a strong roof coating.

Since my business is restoring old metal roofing, this product quickly became a standard. Over the years, customers have started applying the copper paint themselves on simple projects, such as a dormer.

The copper paint application is truly quite simple. Over the roofing area, wipe clean with a cloth to remove any loose dust and debris . The suggested brush is a stiff one. Just coat or paint over the surface, working the material into the roof; wait for the coating to be dry, then coat again. Primer is not needed.

The copper liquid does require some stirring. This stirring insures the copper flakes are evenly mixed into the urethane base. This copper liquid was designed for roofing work; therefore, if there are pinholes or other small breaks, this material plugs these potential leaks. Two coatings are recommended.

Another accent project with the copper paint is downspouts and gutters. Or perhaps you are considering installing an overhang over a window area. One suggestion is to coat any metal sheet before installing on your home. If there are scratches after the installation of an overhang, just touch up. Maybe there will be enough paint left over for your stove hood.

A question you may ask is, “How can I keep the bright copper look and stop the change to a patina?” The answer is the patina will take years to start to appear. The copper liquid darkens, as does standard copper sheets, then ages. If you want to halt the aging process, apply a clearcoat to prevent the action of air on the copper.

If you, like 95% of the people I talk with, want to allow the copper flakes to age, you will see a change. At first, the luster is quite bright. Within several months, the bronze look emerges and stays for years. Patina green does not appear until near the end of the first decade, just like copper sheets.


Source by Miriam R Cunningham