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DON'T USE SUPER GLUE! Try This Instead..(Epoxy Adhesive/5-Minute Epoxy/Epoxy Glue)

Jun 01, 2021
when something small breaks everyone just says

super

glue

that's always the solution

super

glue

people rely on these little tubes of

adhesive

to fix all kinds of things and super glue is good but it has its limitations it comes in small quantities , sometimes dripping won't work with certain surfaces, but for broader applications where a lot of force is needed, there is something even better available and in my experience, most people have never heard of it, so today I'm going to talk about it. from a whole world of

adhesive

s that you can use to bond everything from wood and metal to plastic and concrete, and they will be next in the honest carpenters program, so these super adhesives that I find so useful fall into a big

epoxy

category .
don t use super glue try this instead epoxy adhesive 5 minute epoxy epoxy glue
Epoxy adhesives are two part adhesives that become active when you mix the parts in most cases, these two parts are an

epoxy

resin and a hardener, so for any epoxy product you purchase you will get two separate components when combine them, they undergo a chemical reaction and a very strong bond is formed. and when I say very strong I mean it's almost off the charts compared to other adhesives, most epoxies are rated by their tensile strength, which is the resistance to breaking or separating under pressure, and many epoxies you'll find advertise that. Tensile strength in packaging.
don t use super glue try this instead epoxy adhesive 5 minute epoxy epoxy glue

More Interesting Facts About,

don t use super glue try this instead epoxy adhesive 5 minute epoxy epoxy glue...

I have read that there are epoxies that bond up to 7000 psi, which is just ridiculous, but many of the readily available household epoxies will be in the 1500 to 4000 psi range for the vast majority of household projects, that's more than enough, the Another feature they often advertise on the package is bond time,

this

has complicated phases like mix shelf life, working time, jail time, but it roughly translates to how long it takes for a batch to freshly mixed harden and begin to cure the most popular. Forms of household epoxies are the five-

minute

variety, they are so common that we simply refer to the entire class as five-

minute

epoxies.
don t use super glue try this instead epoxy adhesive 5 minute epoxy epoxy glue
This material is extremely versatile and useful and I think it is your true replacement for the super glue that I have talked about before making a whole video on how to do small wood repairs on a broken chair with five minute epoxy, but it was not seen a lot and didn't really address how epoxies are so versatile because they bond so much more than just wood, these general five minute epoxies are usually good for wood, plastic, metal, tile and other ceramics, even leather and types of fabrics, and there are products specialty epoxies that are more designed for specific materials, such as designated metal bonding epoxies, quick-setting plastic epoxies, and concrete epoxies, and there are many companies that make these things, Loctite and JV Weld control much of the home improvement market. home, but Gorilla Glue is another very big name in epoxies and companies like Devcon make good products and in my experience they are all really useful.
don t use super glue try this instead epoxy adhesive 5 minute epoxy epoxy glue
We're going to cover that broad base of home repairs that everyone needs to do and if you're doing a specific material project then you can get the right epoxy to go with it, but generally speaking the application will always work the same. I'll show you real quick while I put together some totally random things here to start, you'll typically have a double plunger container. These are the separate chemicals, the epoxy resin and the hardener, sometimes one is an opaque color, other times both are clear. The case usually breaks a nozzle cap to open them save that cap, you'll probably want it later, then like a syringe you push the plungers to expel the chemicals, don't do

this

directly on what you're fixing and want to use a chunk Made of disposable plastic or cardboard, most products include this in their packaging and often also include a small mixing paddle of some kind, but if it doesn't, you can use a few toothpicks or a small one. piece of wood, but you mix the chemicals right away, you will see that they start to get a little cloudy and often you will also notice a smell, it doesn't smell at all, it's just strange, the working time for your epoxy has started now. don't touch the epoxy, you probably want to wear gloves and goggles, unlike me, use another piece of scrap metal to carry it to the area you are fixing or joining.
Sometimes I use paintbrush bristles taped together. I really like that approach, it allows you to brush. The epoxy applies evenly when you have a good coat, just press the pieces together and ideally apply some pressure. I sometimes do this with finger pressure or a clamp, if I can fit one, you even have some work time here to clear the squeeze. removing with a bit of paper towel The temperature can affect the bonding time, but generally five minutes is all that is needed for a five-minute epoxy. I like to test this by checking the leftover epoxy in the mixing tray.
If it's hard, then I know the epoxy in the repair probably is too and about five minutes later, voila, it's bonded. It will take many hours to fully cure, so you don't want to stress it, but it is already much stronger than most other adhesives making it much stronger. More useful than most super glues is that it is thicker like a gel, meaning it tends to stay put, which is great because it also fills gaps, can fill dead spaces between components and create a solid bridge. with that tensile strength through space. The feature alone gives it so many applications in so many industries because most other adhesives just don't do that and like I said it works on so many surfaces as you can see from my random junk here, wood to wood, metal to wood, metal with plastic, metal with metal.
The epoxy blocks them all when you remove the plunger. You can usually save much of what you have left. I like to tape the lid down and store it carefully somewhere, although you may want to wrap it in a paper towel in case it leaks, remember. Always follow the safety and application instructions of the product you are using and get the product you need just by reading the packaging, there are many types but that's it, five minute epoxy is my top alternative to super glue. Do you think epoxy adhesive is new to you or do you use it frequently and if so, why let me know in the comments?
I'll link a bunch of epoxies below in the description, feel free to explore them as always, thanks. To watch them, be sure to check back for more videos coming soon and consider subscribing and hitting that little bell button to turn on notifications that way you'll know the moment we post something. I'm Ethan James with honestcarpenter.com. I'll see you next time

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