How to Repair Copper Weatherstripping How to Repair Copper Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping is an important part of the general care and upkeep of your home. The purpose of the weatherstripping is to prevent the elements such as wind, snow, rain and even (along with pesky insects) from invading your home and causing damage. Copper weatherstripping is a great alternative to other kinds of weatherstripping like silicone, vinyl or other caulk because it can endure for years. Copper weatherstripping, like any other kind, can and will wear down and become damaged. Do not fret though because you can repair copper weatherstripping and the following article will show you how to just that.
Step 1 - Cleaning Tarnished Weatherstripping
Copper weatherstripping is as likely to tarnish as any other material made from copper. If the weatherstripping is an area of prominence, you will want it looking its best. Tarnish can also lead to rusting which leads to erosion and eventually it will stop doing its job. Cleaning copper weatherstripping is easy. Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 tablespoon of salt in a spray bottle. Using the same ratio; mix water and baking soda. Label one bottle "cleaner" and the other "neutralizer". Wipe down the copper weatherstripping to remove grime and soil then spray it with the cleaner. Allow the cleaner to work for at least 20 minutes. Wipe the weatherstripping down with a clean rag and then spray with the neutralizer. Allow the neutralizer to work for several minutes before wiping that down with a clean towel. The neutralizer stops the chemical reaction created by the combination of salt and vinegar.
Step 2 - Removing Damaged Weatherstripping
Locate the broken area and use the screwdriver to pry it from the surface. Tin snips are great as they will allow you to easily cut the copper. Cut away the weatherstripping slightly above where there the damage is. You will then be able to easily remove the damaged portion. If the damage is located near the top of surface, you are better off remove the entire side.
Step 3 - Clean the Site
Use the wire brush to clean away the area where the weatherstripping used to be. There may be looser particles of wood or stone as well as other kinds of debris. All of this can hinder the application of the new weatherstripping.
Step 4 - New Weatherstripping
You need to cut the new copper weatherstripping to fit the piece that you removed. Measure from the spot where you removed the copper weatherstripping to the terminating point. Use that measurement and transfer them to the new piece of weatherstripping. Cut the piece with a little extra on the end.
Step 5 - Attach the New Weatherstripping
Most weatherstripping will have an adhesive backing but it is always a good idea to use silicone caulking in addition to the adhesive. Load the caulking gun and make a line of silicone along the area that needs the weatherstripping. Press the new weatherstripping down making sure it's even.