Using Two Part Epoxy as an Adhesive
What is so awesome about two part epoxy resin is when you use it as an adhesive it becomes even tougher than the material that you are joining together. And like a cherry on top, it has waterproof qualities so you do not have to worry about it peeling away when you submerge anything you’ve repaired using epoxy in water. Epoxy is such an effective adhesive that it is being used in the marine, construction and automotive industries. So it just follows that you can use your epoxy resin for your water can too.
Step 1 – Clean the Surface
You won’t be able to join broken pieces well if you do not sufficiently clean its surfaces beforehand. You can do so by wiping the surfaces with a clean, dry rag. You may use a wet rag if the pieces are that soiled but make sure to dry them before doing anything.
Step 2 – Mix the Epoxy
The next thing for you to do is to prepare the two part epoxy by mixing the components together. You need to be wearing protective gloves and eyewear before you do so. Refer to the manufacturer’s instruction as to how much of the resin and the hardener you should mix together. To have accurate measurements, make sure to use the mini pumps that are included in the package. Stir the two parts epoxy together in one plastic container with the use of an applicator stick like a bamboo skewer or toothpick for smaller projects.
Step 3 – Glue the Pieces Together
When you are finally done preparing the epoxy, you can move on to gluing the pieces together. Place a strip of epoxy on both surfaces with the use of an applicator stick. As epoxy is an effective enough adhesive so you do not have to flood the pieces with the substance. Slowly fit the two pieces together and apply force to them. If you do not have the pieces well aligned then you can always redo the process by using acetone or nail polish remover. Keep the pieces in a clamp or hold them tightly against each other until the epoxy dries. It might be a good idea to remove the excess epoxy with a wet cloth while you are still waiting for everything to set.
Step 4 – Sanding
When the epoxy has finally dried, you can proceed to sanding the pieces together. Sanding will help remove the excess epoxy that has dried out and make the finished product look smoother.
Step 5 – Finishing
After you have finished sanding, you can then varnish or paint the product for a better look. If you wish to paint the product, you may want to go with a base color first as the color of the epoxy will definitely peep through light colors. You can also varnish the product.