Welding machine in a tube!

Around the house or in the car, metal epoxy is the star!

Need to repair an iron gate? Before purchasing a welding machine, read our helpful guide on metal epoxy. We’ll explain how simple it is to use two-part metal epoxy for all your metal repair needs.  

What is two-part metal epoxy?

Epoxy is a heavy-duty adhesive consisting of a resin and a hardener, which are mixed in equal parts. These two components form a tremendously strong and rigid bond that’s commonly used for a variety of surfaces like metal, wood, and concrete.

While every epoxy contains a resin and a hardener, individual formulas differ. When choosing an epoxy, it’s important to select one that’s especially formulated for the surfaces you’re working with.

How to apply metal epoxy

  1. Roughen and clean the surfaces you’re binding.
  2. Cut the tip off the application syringe.
  3. Tilt the applicator up and expel excess air from the chamber. 
  4. On a disposable surface, depress the plunger to dispense desired amount of resin and hardener.
  5. Mix well for 1-2 minutes. 
  6. Apply small amount of mixed epoxy to both surfaces you’re bonding.
  7. Assemble the parts, and press firmly. Support the bond and allow for set time.   
  8. Cure time should be observed before using the object again. 

Made a mess? If you end up with epoxy in unwanted places, don’t panic. Acetone is the Achilles heel of adhesives and can be used to quickly wipe away uncured epoxy. Always make sure that acetone is compatible with the surface you’re working with. Cured epoxy can be carefully cut away with a sharp knife.

Choosing the right metal epoxy adhesive

For basic jobs around the house like fixing metal gates, or repairing appliances, Loctite Epoxy Metal/Concrete is the metal bonding epoxy of choice. Its special formula is perfect for bonding metal to wood, glass, and concrete. And it won’t conduct electricity, making it safe for use on appliances. 

Working on an engine? Loctite Epoxy Weld Bonding Compound is the best epoxy adhesive for metals like aluminum, steel, copper, bronze, and iron. It embeds bolts and screws into metal, is impact resistant, and is not affected by chemicals like gasoline, diesel fuel, motor oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic fluid and antifreeze.