Patina on a new set of RNT Paul Fox Cups

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Patina on a new set of RNT Paul Fox Cups

Postby JC225 » November 7th, 2019, 6:34 pm

I hope everybody is doing well and I was hoping for some advice. I just purchased a new set of "RNT Paul Fox VS. Combo Cups" from Donnie and they are just awesome. I finally had the funds, took the plunge and I couldn't be happier. I was wondering if anybody had any advice for getting that nice "Patina" look on them? I know that using them over time is going to do it naturally but I was just curious if anybody has ever tried anything to speed up the process and how it worked.

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Re: Patina on a new set of RNT Paul Fox Cups

Postby Robert77 » November 7th, 2019, 8:00 pm

If they are copper, just using them, or letting them sit (unstacked) will eventually cause a patina, which is another word for oxidation, aka. "rust". It will take months or years though. I would not apply any chemicals in an effort to speed it up. If you do let them sit though, keep them dusted. You don't want dust to absorb moisture in the air. Also, don't leave balls on tops of the cups. I made the mistake of doing that on a set of copper cups [rubber ball, final load ball] and it blackened the top of the cup so badly I'll need to get them re-polished.

I find polished copper to be a beautiful metal. To keep it you could polish up the cups and then put on a coat of wax, though that would make handling them a bit more slippery.

Patina'd copper can be nice as well though. I have a set of Paul Fox original cups made by Danny Dew and they look great.

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Re: Patina on a new set of RNT Paul Fox Cups

Postby JC225 » November 7th, 2019, 9:02 pm

Hey Robert,

Thank you very much for the insight, I really appreciate it. They are satin finished copper and I certainly won't do any type of chemical treatment. They arrived this morning and I worked with them most of the day and this evening I have been rolling and working them in my hands while sitting on the couch. I've heard some people take them into the shower because the humidity speeds up the process, I've heard people sleep with them under their shirts next to their body and I even read today some other people urinate on them or leave them outside in the weather.

Think I will stick with using them as much as I can.


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