How to Use an Epoxy Adhesive
An epoxy adhesive is a type of adhesive commonly used in construction or structural projects. This adhesive can be used in heavy duty materials like wood, glass, metal, stone, and some types of plastic. You do not need a licensed professional to use epoxy adhesive. Using epoxy adhesive is easy, as long as you know the basic steps and safety guidelines.
Step 1 – Safety First
Before applying the epoxy adhesive it is important that you wear the appropriate safety gear. Wear the latex gloves before you mix the epoxy adhesive. Any residue on your hand can be very difficult to remove.
Step 2 – Mixing the Epoxy Adhesive
You need to mix the ingredients in an epoxy adhesive before you can use it. For the most part, equal parts of the liquid and paste are used but the proportions will depend on what you need. Carefully read the instructions of the epoxy adhesive to get the right amount of mix. A wooden application stick should be used to mix the ingredients together. Never use your hands because it can cause skin damage.
Epoxy takes a lot longer to cure in cold temperature. If you will be working during cold weather and will be using an epoxy adhesive in a tube, it is best to heat the epoxy in a microwave oven for 10 seconds. Make sure that the caps are off when you heat the epoxy adhesive.
Step 3 – Applying the Epoxy Adhesive
Epoxy adhesive dries up fairly quickly so apply the epoxy adhesive immediately after mixing. Apply a small amount of epoxy on each side of the item you want to glue. Spread the mixture carefully on the surface of the material. Use the applicator to spread the mixture on the surface of the item you want to bond.
When you are done, allow the epoxy to set for a short time before you join the pieces together. The waiting period will depend largely on the type of material you are joining. Most of the epoxy adhesives will provide specific instructions on the length of time you need to wait for the mixture to cure.
Step 4 – Pressing the Materials Together
After curing, you can now press the pieces together. Epoxy adhesives begin to bond almost immediately after you have joined the pieces so make sure that you have correctly aligned the pieces properly. For larger objects, use a clamp to press the pieces together. When you press the pieces together, some epoxy might squeeze out. Immediately wipe it off with a rag or cloth.
Step 5 – Setting the Bonded Materials
Set aside the bonded pieces together. It generally takes about 24 hours for the epoxy adhesive to completely harden but the length of time will vary depending on the adhesive and materials you use.