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cgaengineer
05-04-2009, 10:42 PM
Green Anole on my Illuminator 4. By the way, the light is plumb, but the shot was crooked.

TXNSLighting
05-04-2009, 11:56 PM
Ha very nice. How old is that light?

cgaengineer
05-05-2009, 07:18 AM
Ha very nice. How old is that light?

Its about 1 year old Ryan...why you ask?

JoeyD
05-05-2009, 11:24 AM
Very cool!!! But clean that bird crap off the light already Chris! LOL

cgaengineer
05-05-2009, 11:48 AM
Very cool!!! But clean that bird crap off the light already Chris! LOL

I noticed that bird poop as well. I will get right on it...its probably baked on...time to get out the Brasso!

Why is Ryan asking how old my light is...does it look abnormal or something?

JoeyD
05-05-2009, 12:25 PM
no, probably just cruious due to the patina.....different areas have different patina times and different looks pertaining to the minerals in the irrigation water, salt air, etc....he is probably just curious about that.....

cgaengineer
05-05-2009, 02:15 PM
no, probably just cruious due to the patina.....different areas have different patina times and different looks pertaining to the minerals in the irrigation water, salt air, etc....he is probably just curious about that.....

Well when I installed them they had fingerprints and the patina was not even, so what I ended up doing is cleaning them with Brasso and didn't handle them with bare hands once cleaned. I wanted a nice even patina and that whats I achieved. You should have seen them right after cleaning...they looked sharp but they stuck out like sore thumbs...now they kinda just blend in with surroundings due to the dull patina color.

Lite4
05-05-2009, 08:38 PM
Oh man, he is lovin the warm brass. Looks like a very content lizard. Cool pic! Hey Joey, anyone ever use car wax on the fixtures to help wick water away and slow down the patina process? Had a customer ask me that the other day.

cgaengineer
05-05-2009, 10:21 PM
Oh man, he is lovin the warm brass. Looks like a very content lizard. Cool pic! Hey Joey, anyone ever use car wax on the fixtures to help wick water away and slow down the patina process? Had a customer ask me that the other day.

Yeah he was enjoying life. I spray no insecticides so I have a bunch of these around...even caught a mating pair in the act last season...it was a sight, lizard porn!

I would avoid wax as it will heat up and turn white. Your best bet would be something used for brass ammo cases which has some sort of deterrent for corrosion and coloring. I will research it a bit since I reload and maybe perform some tests if Joey wants to send me a broken, bent or damaged fixture.

TXNSLighting
05-05-2009, 11:12 PM
just asking cuz of the weathered look. But yeh it all factors on water and salty air and what not. Lookin good. Ive had my lancer 6's out for 2 years and they dont quite look like those. but most of our clients have drip irrigation so our fixtures pretty well only see rain water.

cgaengineer
05-05-2009, 11:28 PM
just asking cuz of the weathered look. But yeh it all factors on water and salty air and what not. Lookin good. Ive had my lancer 6's out for 2 years and they dont quite look like those. but most of our clients have drip irrigation so our fixtures pretty well only see rain water.

Are they lighter or are they darker? You might try polishing them with Brasso so they patina evenly and rather quickly.

TXNSLighting
05-06-2009, 12:30 AM
mine are very close to factory finish still.

cgaengineer
05-06-2009, 07:25 AM
mine are very close to factory finish still.

You don't get enough rain there!!

JoeyD
05-06-2009, 12:08 PM
well remember too the photo here that Chris posted is an Illuminator so its copper which is going to patina much quicker than the lancers or any of the other brass fixtures....

JoeyD
05-06-2009, 12:10 PM
here are some other fixtures we got back for warranty that had some nice patina colors...These are all copper as well....

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb97/ulsjoeyd/lighting/DSCN0014.jpg

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb97/ulsjoeyd/lighting/DSCN5818.jpg

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb97/ulsjoeyd/lighting/DSCN2505.jpg

cgaengineer
05-06-2009, 12:14 PM
Damn Joey, mine look terrible compared to those! The first shot looks great...I like that finish.

JoeyD
05-06-2009, 12:26 PM
location and element exposure is what determines the color and speed of the patina...I wish we could duplicate that first one!

Give yours time, it will only get better!

cgaengineer
05-06-2009, 01:44 PM
location and element exposure is what determines the color and speed of the patina...I wish we could duplicate that first one!

Give yours time, it will only get better!

I think mine are going to turn black...

TXNSLighting
05-06-2009, 09:42 PM
Ha! Ok i didnt read close enough..geez...Yeh mine are the brass finish. Im not a copper fan.

Pro-Scapes
05-06-2009, 11:36 PM
personally we dont care for the raw copper. They turn that rich color in about a week here so I often just stick the paths outside of my shop for a week prior to install.

There is also a variety of methods to pre patina them prior to installation as well.

JoeyD
05-07-2009, 12:25 PM
yes there is Billy...

http://www.uniquelighting.com/Spec%20Sheets/PatinaTreatment.pdf

Pro-Scapes
05-07-2009, 09:17 PM
anyone try liver of sulfur ???