Epoxy glue: The Adhesive of our lives

Epoxies are recognized for their exceptional adhesion, chemical and heat resistance, good-to-excellent mechanical qualities and very good electrical insulating properties. Numerous properties of epoxies can be modified. For example, silver can be added to epoxy glue to make it highly conductive rather than it’s natural insulating properties. Variants supplying higher thermal insulation, or thermal conductivity combined with high electrical resistance for electronics purposes, are available.

Truly the range of epoxy-based materials is broad and extensive. With modifications and additives, epoxy can be used as coatings, adhesives and composite materials.

As a coating two part epoxy was developed for service on metal substrates such as cast iron, cast steel, and cast aluminum. Epoxy dries quickly and uses less energy than heat-cured powder coatings. When cured they provide a robust, protective coating that is extremely hard. They are usually used in industrial and automotive applications since they are more heat resistant than latex-based and alkyd-based paints.

Epoxy coatings are widely used in a plethora of products. Polyester epoxies and Fusion Bonded Epoxy are two types of powder coatings. The coating on your washer or dryer could be a polyester epoxy. FBE are primarily used as corrosion protection in the oil and gas industry. Things like steel pipes and fittings, potable water transmission pipelines, and concrete reinforcing rebar typically will use an epoxy to prevent corrosion.

Food grade epoxy is commonly used in metal containers. Foods that are particularly acidic promote rust in the cans, so an epoxy coating lines the inside of the cans to prevent this from happening.

Epoxy coatings are also widely used as primers in automotive and marine paint. It improves the adhesion of the paint while providing protection from rust.

Decorative flooring applications such as terrazzo flooring, chip flooring, and colored aggregate flooring is often made from epoxy resins.

Very often epoxy adhesives are referred to as “industrial adhesives”. These high-performance adhesives are used in the construction of aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, boats, golf clubs, skis, and snowboards. Epoxy provides one of the strongest bonds of any type of adhesive available.

One of the greatest advantages that glue manufacturers have is the ability to develop epoxies to suit almost any application. They can be used as adhesives for wood, metal, glass, stone, and some plastics. The formulations can be changed to create flexible or rigid, transparent or opaque, fast setting or slow setting adhesives. Even the curing process can be altered. They can be cured via room temperature, UV or heat. In general, epoxy adhesives cured with heat will be more heat- and chemical-resistant than those cured at room temperature.

There are examples of epoxy coatings, paints, adhesives, and resins all throughout your home, which you probably weren’t even aware of. Nearly every industry uses some sort of epoxy; marine, aerospace, consumer products, industrial tooling, biology, art, and electronics to name a few.

For more information about Adhesive System’s structural adhesives or any other adhesives please contact us at 877.740.1250 x20. You can also send us an email at asisupport@instantca.com If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, tell us about your application and we’ll help you find something that will work, or customize something specific for you.