When to Use Epoxy Adhesives

Epoxy adhesives are a compound of a resin and a hardener that, when mixed together, make an extremely strong cross linked adhesive. Depending on the temperature of the environment, epoxy adhesives may take as  little as a few minutes to as long as hours to cure.  Depending on your reason, it may be advantageous to keep the temperature extremely warm for a quick cure. As we explore the best uses for epoxy glue, it is important to understand what not to do. It is never a good idea to use epoxy adhesives on fabrics or some plastics as this will cause the fabric or plastic to harden and take away its flexibility and versatility.

Glass and Fiberglass

Due to the hardening nature of epoxy glue, it is a great option for glass and fiberglass repairs. There are certain repairs for which it is not recommended, including car windows or the outside of a boat to name a few. However, overall epoxy can handle most repairs such as cracks and chips or the hull of a boat or other fiberglass repairs. Because it can cure quickly when heat is added, it is a quick solution to what may otherwise be a costly repair.

Wood and Metal

The beauty of epoxy is that not only does it harden, but it also is waterproof once it cures. As a result, it makes an amazing adhesive for wood or metal. It is a true benefit that epoxy is waterproof, and it will not deteriorate. Epoxy also spreads into the crack, which means only a small dab needs to be used, and the epoxy will do its magic to fill the entire crack in the wood or metal and harden. Some people also find epoxy can help make rotted wood useable for a bit longer. If the issue is not worth replacing the wood or is maybe a very small area, the epoxy adhesive can be applied to be a quick fix to the problem, saving time and money. Another great use for epoxy is reinforcement of bolts. The epoxy helps keep the bolts from moving, bending, or breaking.

Finally, one last metal option for epoxy is jewelry making. The benefit to using epoxy is that it hardens in a way that does not leave a residue the way traditional glue does. It is a great tool for costume jewelry to maintain a finished look that is important to jewelry makers.

Epoxy adhesive is a valuable tool when dealing with metal, wood, glass, and fiberglass for industrial projects. Its waterproof qualities make it durable and weatherproof while its filling ability makes it quite easy work. While it is not great for all projects, it is extremely helpful in many construction and repair projects.  Some of the best options for epoxy can be found at American Chemical. For instance, the product MP 5405 exceeds the curing and binding expectations of regular epoxy by curing fully in just five minutes.

In addition, the general purpose epoxy FE 7004 is perfect for any job that requires epoxy, especially if your client hasn’t provided you with all of the necessary specifics to complete the job. To learn more about the benefits and uses of epoxy adhesives, contact American Chemical, Inc. at 800.245.8348.