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The Many Uses of Epoxy Putty
We cannot prevent things from getting broken. Sometimes, something will just break. This unexpected breakage can include the heel of your shoes, a leg of a wooden stool, or even one of your plumbing pipes. Putting these broken items back together again is first priority when they can still be salvaged. In these scenarios, a quick and easy repair tool is needed.
Epoxy putty is a useful material to make permanent repair for a variety of materials. This putty is a substance that hardens at room temperature. It consists of an epoxy resin and a hardener and is used as a space-filling adhesive. Kneading the resin and hardener together will create a chemical reaction that will harden the soft resin. You generally have an hour or so to work with this putty before it becomes too hard to manipulate. During this time the epoxy can be cut, sculpted, molded, and mashed around. Once dried, certain types of epoxy putty can even be sanded and carved.
Embedded in one part of the putty are fiber, steel or plastic particles that increase the strength of the hardened product. This allows certain types of epoxy to be used as structural parts or small replacement parts for damaged equipment. Selecting the correct epoxy putty for a certain application requires knowledge of the type of materials being mended or sealed with the putty, and the use of the fixed part and the environment in which the repaired item will be used or stored.
Epoxy putty has many uses not just for adhering things but for other purposes as well. It is also perfect for:
1. Repair. Epoxy putty can be used in industrial, maritime, automotive, office and home repair, among others. It can fill dents and holes in pipes, cars, and also fill gouges in fiberglass boats and wood furniture. It can repair broken dishes and crockery and even items that will come into contact with water.
2. Modeling. This putty can be sculpted and used for any type of model making such as making airplane models, relief maps, taxidermy, or even sculptures. They can be sanded and painted too.
3. Leveling. Because this putty hardens to a durable shape, it can carry heavy weights without breaking or cracking. This means it can be used to level out things like chairs, tables, or cabinets.
4. Parts replacement. Replacement buttons and knobs can be molded out of epoxy putty. It can be sculpted to replace items such as oven knobs. This eliminates the need to order for special replacement parts.
There are different types of epoxy putty available for use on specific materials. Aluminum epoxy putty is ideal for repair on HVAC, machine parts, casting, tanks pipes, and downspouts, among others. Copper epoxy putty repairs hot water lines, leaks in pipes, elbows or joints, and can adhere to damp, wet, and slow-leaking surfaces. Steel epoxy putty is used to rebuild engine parts, mufflers, radiation, patch ducts or tanks, and fill cracks and leaks. There is also epoxy putty for concrete. This putty can patch chipped concrete, masonry, statues and any kind of cement fixture. Wood epoxy putty is excellent for repairing gouged furniture, molding, filling nail holes, stripped screw holes and cracks, and repair dry or rotten wood. Lastly, marine epoxy putty is ideal for underwater adhesion. It bonds to wet and submerged surfaces, perfect for repairing boat decks, hulls, pools, spas, tanks, gutters, downspouts, etc.