Epoxy is a strong and versatile glue and is perfect for DIY projects and general repairs. Although glue is often overlooked when you put a toolbox together, it should be considered an essential item given its applications.
For example, you can:
- Mend clothes, including belts and shoes.
- Fix outdoor equipment such as rucksacks and tents.
- Hold two pieces of wood together while you drill or bolt them together.
- Make emergency repairs while out on the road. I.e. the car.
- Works on a wide range of materials including metal, leather, wood, plastic. You can purchase specialised epoxy glue designed to work with specific materials.
- Reinforce the building work on a large and small scale. This includes curtain poles and shelving.
The range of applications are seemingly limitless and make DIY projects large or small a lot easier.
Tips for Better Gluing
Here are some important tips for better use:
- Wear gloves when using the glue as it avoids skin contact.
- Choose the right epoxy glue for the job. Some are designed to work with certain materials.
- It is always a good idea to keep a multipurpose epoxy handy for quick and easy repairs.
- Epoxy consists of resin and hardener which you mix together in equal quantities to form the glue. They should only be mixed when you are ready to use it using either the supplied syringe or a tray.
- Preparation is the key to success. Ensure surfaces are clean and dirt-free prior to glueing. Depending on the job, you may want to roughen or file the surfaces prior to glueing to ensure the epoxy sticks.
- Cure times vary so ensure you read the label.
- After use clean off any excess glue using methylated spirits.
Removing Dried Epoxy Glue from Skin and Surfaces
Should epoxy dry on your skin or an unplanned surface there are steps you can take to remove it.
If it dries on your skin, try the following methods:
- Vinegar – No matter if the glue has dried a cloth soaked in vinegar and wrapped around the skin should loosen the glue, allowing you to remove it.
- Acetone – Rubbing acetone into the glue should loosen it, allowing you to remove it. It is flammable so take precautions.
- Citrus Based Hand Cleaners – Using a waterless citrus cleaner, you can remove the glue by pouring the cleaner onto the glue and then scrubbing under the tap.
Is your glue has dried on a surface:
- Sand/Scrape – Sand or scrape the affected surface. This often removes the glue.
- Heat Gun – Ensure that your skin is completely covered and you wear thick gloves. A temperature of about 90 °C should soften the glue and allow you to scrape it off.
- Chemicals – Chemicals such as paint thinner can be effective at removing epoxy as does methylated spirits.
- Acetone – Effective on surfaces as well as your skin. Ensure you take precautions against flammability.
Epoxy glues are an essential household item and tool. Ensure you have at least a good multipurpose glue in the house for those quick and easy repairs as a minimum. If you’re planning a significant DIY project, then take the time to check out the range and choose the right epoxy for your project.