Copper Zenith Boar Brush...with Verdigris?

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by huck1680, Apr 6, 2023.

  1. huck1680

    huck1680 Well-Known Member

    I recently purchased several Zenith boar brushes and am really enjoying them. However, I have noticed my copper Zenith developing verdigris. Is this normal? I guess I shouldn't be surprised but will this affect the bristles? Also this has developed after using the brush for approx 1/2 dozen times. Should I be letting the brush dry standing up as opposed to hanging bristles down? Any suggestions are appreciated.
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  2. ewk

    ewk Well-Known Member

    I purchased the copper handled Zenith in December. I notice a rim of green near the base of the knot, but it has not spread to the bristles. I also dry it "bristles down." I really do not think it is anything to worry about, at least I am not worrying. (although I do remember a "Facts of Life" or "Diff'rent Strokes" episode where one of the girls washed her hair in a copper bowl and her hair turned bright green). :)

    My handle is developing a patina too. I think it is a stunningly beautiful brush.
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  3. ewk

    ewk Well-Known Member

    Update: It was Diff'rent Strokes. Thanks YouTube!
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  4. huck1680

    huck1680 Well-Known Member

    Thanx, I just finished soaking it in a water/vinegar mixture which got rid of the green on the handle and kind of removed the discolouration in the bristles. I guess that's what I'll do doing occasionally from here on in for maintenance. And yes I do like this brush as well.
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  5. Primotenore

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    That would be a deal-breaker for me. I am, admittedly, very particular.
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  6. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    I like it, except the copper staining the bristles. If you are serious about keeping it, I would remove the knot, polish the copper up nicely, then lacquer the entire thing, inside and out. Then install another knot.
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