• In: Training | On: Feb 13, 2023

What is Patina?

What is Patina?

Patina is a layer of corrosion that forms on the surface of metal objects, particularly those made of copper, brass, bronze, and other metal alloys. Patina is formed by a combination of chemical and physical processes, including oxidation, corrosion, and the accumulation of pollutants and other substances on the metal surface.

Patina can have a variety of colours and textures, depending on the type of metal, the environment in which it is formed, and the specific chemical and physical processes involved. For example, patina on copper and brass can range from light green to dark brown, while patina on bronze can be green, brown, or black.

In some cases, patina is seen as a desirable feature that adds character and aesthetic appeal to metal objects. In other cases, patina can be seen as a sign of ageing and degradation and may be removed or covered up in order to restore the metal to its original appearance.

Regardless of its appearance, patina can play an important role in protecting metal objects from further corrosion by forming a protective layer on the surface. Patina protects copper by forming a stable layer on the surface of the metal that acts as a barrier to further corrosion. The formation of patina on copper is a complex process that involves a series of chemical reactions between the metal and its environment.

One of the key components of patina is copper oxide, which forms as a result of the oxidation of the metal. Copper oxide is a stable compound that does not readily react with the environment and acts as a barrier to prevent further metal corrosion.

In addition to copper oxide, patina can also contain other compounds, such as copper carbonate and copper sulfate, that form due to reactions between the metal and its environment. These compounds can also contribute to the stability of the patina and provide additional protection against further corrosion.

By forming a stable layer on the surface of the metal, patina can help to prevent further corrosion and protect copper from degradation. This can help to increase the durability and longevity of copper objects, and can also enhance their aesthetic appeal by giving them a unique and characterful appearance.

So there you have it, no need for you to write “the CuNiFer pipe was found to have blue powdery stuff on the surface”, you can now say you have found ‘Patina’ – just don’t go wire brushing it off; it’s looking after the copper!