Epoxy essentials

Metal epoxy: Making magic with metal

There are many kinds of metal, but only one product that can repair them all: metal epoxy. Whether you’re fixing a leaky pipe or repairing part of your car, all you need is a two-part metal epoxy, a little knowhow, and you can get it done!

An introduction to two-part metal epoxy

Epoxy is a super strength adhesive that usually comes in a twin syringe containing resin and a hardener, hence the name ‘two-part epoxy’. When these components are mixed they create strong, lasting bonds. Epoxies are especially useful for heavy duty repair when fixing materials such as metal or wood.

Most epoxies are designed to be used on specific surfaces, so you should always check that the epoxy you want to use is suitable for the materials you’re working with. If you need to repair metal, for example, you need a quality metal epoxy.

Applying metal epoxy

Using metal epoxy adhesive is simple. Here’s what you need to do to get the best results with two-part metal epoxy.

  1. Prepare the surfaces. Roughen the surfaces with sandpaper and make sure they’re completely free from any dirt or grease.
  2. Prepare the applicator. Cut the tip off the syringe, tilt it upwards and press the plunger to push any excess air to the top.
  3. Dispense and mix. Dispense equal parts of the resin and hardener on a disposable surface like a plastic plate. Mix for a couple of minutes until they’re blended.
  4. Apply the metal epoxy. Use a small amount of epoxy on both surfaces, then press the surfaces firmly together.
  5. Wait for the epoxy to cure. Check the product instructions for the cure time. Avoid using the object until the epoxy is fully cured.

Need to clean up a bit of excess epoxy? Simply wipe it off with a cloth soaked in acetone (a chemical commonly found in nail polish remover). Once the epoxy has cured, it’s a bit trickier to get rid of, but it can be done; use methylated spirit to soften the epoxy and then scrape off any remaining residue with a knife.

The strongest epoxy for metal

The best epoxy adhesive for metal is UniBond Epoxy Repair: Metal. This is an extremely strong metal epoxy that sets in just five minutes. It dries transparent and can be sanded, drilled or painted for a more professional finish. You can use this two-part metal epoxy for quick fixes around the house or in the garden for all kinds of metals – a strong and versatile product to have on hand, whatever your DIY needs.