EPOXY: Sticking to the Facts
Written by: Corrie V. M Scott
What is Epoxy?
Epoxy, also known as polyepoxides, resin is a type of thermosetting compound that is composed of multiple chemicals working as one to create a bond that enables them to adhere together.
TYPES OF EPOXY
- Bisphenol Epoxy Resins, best for making polycarbonate plastics
- Aliphatic Epoxy Resins, best used for applications on industrial floorings and anticorrosive paints
- Novolac Epoxy Resins, best for coating, and effective on both steel and concrete.
- Halogenated Epoxy Resins, best suitable for use in electrical adhesion
- Epoxy Resin Diluents, reduces viscosity of epoxy resins, enhances performance and improves impact and abrasion resistance in industrial
- Glycidylamine Epoxy Resins, best suitable in aerospace and aircraft industries.
Home renovations that would require Epoxy use…
Besides making arts or creating Rivertables with epoxy, it is commonly used in many household renovations such as
- coating a basement floor
- creating new shower walls
- updating coats on existing kitchen cabinets
- coating garage floors
- finishing off countertops along with tabletop repairs
PROS OF EPOXY
- Resistant to Chemicals.
- Attractive Floor Surface.
- Safe Working. Environment.
- Fast Application.
- Easy to Clean.
- Environmentally Friendly.
- Reduces damage.
CONS OF EPOXY
- Long curing times.
- Strong application fumes.
- Slippery when wet.
Is is epoxy similar to glue?
Super Glue is a single compound but epoxy is used by combining resin and a hardener, Super Glue is a thin and transparent and epoxy is hard gel-like.
Is epoxy waterproof?
its ability to seal and form a waterproof (and anti-corrosive) layer of protection
What does epoxy not stick to?
Plastic cups, bowls and Tupperware and other plastic items do not stick to epoxy
Can you epoxy on glass?
As long as the glass surfaces are clean Epoxy resin glues to glass very well
Can you use epoxy outdoors?
Used on your pool deck and patio, but also for your homes steps, walkway, and driveway. Epoxy is perfect for almost any outdoor use. Exterior finishes are available in a wide range of colors, color combinations, designs and design combinations and texture styles and choices..
How long does epoxy last?
Resin can only biodegradable if it is produced from organic materials. Resins like eco-resin, silicone resin, and epoxy resin are biodegradable.
Can I epoxy my shower floor?
Along with its durability, an epoxy finish is hygienic, healthy, and easy to clean. Epoxy can be used for finishes and grout work, also highly customizable which makes it perfect for your shower floor.
- Scrap and Clean All Surfaces to be coated.
- Wet your Flooring
- Prepare Acid-Etching Mixture for coating.
- Scrub the floor and Etch the area to be coated.
- Mix Epoxy Coating to Manufacture directions.
- Apply Along the Perimeter of the area.
- Roll on Epoxy towards the center.
- Apply a Second Coat of epoxy.
Our team at Silverstone Remodeling, Inc. are experts at handling even the biggest Epoxy application project. Give us a call today, and let us help you create a floor you’ve been desiring.
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