How do you polish copper pipe to a mirror finish?
How do you keep copper pipes shiny? 1. If you want to protect your copper while it is still new and shiny, clean any oil or other contaminants from the metal. This can be done by simply wiping the metal with a solvent cleaner like xylene or denatured alcohol which can be purchased at most hardware or paint stores.
What can you put on copper to make it shiny again? Mix 1/2-cup distilled white vinegar (or lemon juice, which is more acidic) with 1 Tbsp. salt and enough flour to form a thin paste. Apply the paste to the copper surface and scrub away the tarnish with a cloth or scrubbing sponge. Rinse under running water and buff with a dry cloth to polish.
How do you clean oxidized copper pipes? Mix equal parts of the vinegar, flour, baking soda, and salt to form a paste. Rub the paste to cover the entire affected area of the pipe and allow it some time to dry; up to 30-minutes should be sufficient. After the required time has elapsed, wipe the paste off the pipe with soapy water.