Epoxy is a strong kind of industrial adhesive commonly used inside the house to repair broken things or bind two things together. Epoxy adhesives bind several types of surfaces including glass, metal, plastic, and wood. It may not be advisable for paper or Styrofoam as it will melt the Styrofoam material. When used correctly, epoxies can make a very strong and solid bond. Epoxy adhesives are known in other terms including super glue, Gorilla glue, and epoxy resin.
To make the most effective bond, the pieces to be bonded together should be properly prepared. First, the parts of the pieces to be bonded together must be cleaned thoroughly. There should not be any dust or dirt that will prevent the pieces from sticking together.
The pieces must also be dry for the bond to last longer. Next, you must prepare a piece of paper towel, a piece of toothpick, and the epoxy adhesive. The toothpick is for picking small globs of epoxy glue and applying the pieces. Use the towel to wipe excess epoxy.
Prepare the pieces together. Make sure the edges fit smoothly and perfectly, or even close to perfect. Once you’re ready, use the toothpick to get a small amount of epoxy adhesive and apply it to one piece. Do the same with the other piece. Wait a little while for the epoxy to set before joining the pieces together. The setting time is important to ensure a stronger bond. Make sure that the way the pieces are bonded is how you intend it; you only have a few moments to adjust the bond as epoxy bonds pieces quickly. Wipe away excess epoxy adhesive. Allow for curing time before moving the thing that was repaired. Curing time can last from a few minutes to more than an hour.
If you are bonding small objects, these steps are enough to make a lasting bond. However, if you are bonding two large pieces together, it may be necessary to use a clamp to set the bond. The bond must be clamped tightly for a minimum of 24 hours. This is the amount of time needed for the epoxy resin to harden completely. By doing this, the bond achieves its maximum strength. However, bigger pieces can also result in larger excess epoxies. You may need to sand the area where the bond was made to ensure a smooth finish.
Make sure that the epoxy is well away from the fingers. Epoxy bonds human skin so quickly that it will be difficult to remove the bond without help. To remove epoxy from the skin, use exfoliating soap, some acetone or alcohol, warm water, and even some elbow grease. Don’t allow epoxy to get on clothing as it will be next to impossible to remove it. Also, when working with epoxy adhesives, use a well-ventilated area to prevent breathing in the fumes. Cover the working surface with newspaper or paper towel to avoid damaging it.
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