Epoxy is an amazing ingredient to use when working with various materials. A contractor grabs epoxies from fibreglass to cement, metals, woods, and plastics when they require a strong bond. There are many different types of epoxy resins, and each applies to a wide array of different projects. Epoxy glue is extremely strong and versatile, used for everything from epoxy flooring to being sanded, drilled, and painted.
Here is what epoxy is used for most commonly by contractors.
1. Epoxy as a Metal Coating
Epoxy is often used to coat metal. It is a self-primer, corrosion-resistant, delivering a high performance in chemical resistance. To get the epoxy to apply, the metal surfaces must be cleaned and then roughed up with sandpaper to make an optimal bond.
2. Epoxy as an Adhesive in Manufacturing
Epoxy is a strong adhesive frequently used in product manufacturing, from industrial-grade aerospace and auto manufacturing to all types of products. Epoxy is known to withstand all types of wear-and-tear, has high weather resistance, and is a reliable pick for the manufacturing space.
3. Epoxy for Electrical Components
The ability of epoxy to have a high bonding strength post-curing and a waterproof seal makes it an excellent choice to protect electrical components. Epoxy has been proven to protect them from moisture and mechanical damage from vibration or shocks.
4. High-Quality Epoxy Flooring
A growing course of use for epoxy is flooring. As if the benefits of epoxy are not already obvious, why is it a perfect ingredient in flooring? It’s incredibly strong, non-porous and seamless, chemical-resistant, non-slip, and comes in many colours. If you lay down epoxy flooring, it will last a very long.
5. Epoxy as a Gap Filler
Epoxy is more advantageous than adhesives and fillers for reconstructions and finding the best gap filler. Epoxy can easily fill gaps and retain strength while being waterproof and sticking to almost any surface.
6. Epoxy to Fix Metal Machinery And Pipes
Epoxy is strong on metal and can be used as an alternative to welding, soldering, or bolting. Fix metal machinery and pipes with ease. It can even work to secure bolts and screws into metal. As mentioned, epoxy can be sanded or drilled and won’t conduct electricity.
7. Epoxy to Repair Wood Projects
Epoxy can repair almost any type of wood project. It won’t shrink, is water-resistant, and can be used indoors and outdoors. When a piece of wood decor, a wooden table or chair, or wooden furniture breaks, so long as the structure is still intact, you can rely on epoxy for a quick, reliable, and long-term fix.
8. Epoxy to Fix Broken Pieces of Stone
Epoxy also works on stone. Applying epoxy can bring these pieces together if you have broken garden stones or stone decor. Even better, certain types of epoxy have high impact resistance, accommodating weight bearing and drilling without issue. Repair, fill, and rebuild all types of concrete.
9. Epoxy Can Even Repair Plastic
Epoxy can be used to repair plastic lawn chairs, car parts, and pieces. There is so much you can do with epoxy for household plastic repair. It can also be used for plastic parts such as PVC pipe under your sink.
10. Epoxy Coatings Over Household Items
Epoxy prevents corrosion, rust, and rotting and is waterproof. Epoxy coatings frequently cover household items, ranging from kitchen countertops to tables, charcuterie boards, bathroom vanities, shelving units, bookcases, and workbenches.
11. Epoxy Has Underwater Applications
Epoxy is frequently used to repair marine technology underwater, submerged items in water, PVC in water, and many more materials that may be underwater, including ceramic, fibreglass, concrete, glass, wood, and more.
12. Epoxy for Wind Turbines
Epoxy is frequently used with glass or carbon fibre fabrics to produce composites with high strength-to-weight characteristics, perfect for use in wind turbines. Furthermore, epoxy resins are often applied as protective coatings across various elements of wind turbines, such as the tower, base struts, and concrete foundations.
13. Epoxy in Construction
As epoxy is such a dynamic glue, it has been used in construction for several decades. They enhance the properties of mortars and concrete. Epoxies can also be used to densify plastic materials, such as PET and plastic bags, to replace aggregate and depolymerize PET.
14. Epoxy Use in Creating Art
Epoxy is also an amazing ingredient to use across your artwork. The possibilities are limitless as the epoxy application is relatively easy and can be customized in many ways. Some artists apply epoxy across a canvas and can create different looks using epoxy resin. Many epoxy artworks are on Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, and YouTube.