What Is Epoxy?!?

            You may have used epoxy at one point or another, but have you ever wondered, “What is epoxy?”  In 1936 Swiss scientist Pierre Castan, with the help from S. O. Greenlee of the United States, produced the first epoxy resin.  John Caporaso, founder of Abatron, Inc., had the opportunity to work with Dr. Castan as a German translator when Dr. Castan worked with a German factory. 

 

This is epoxy: Wind Turbines made with epoxy resins

 

            Today, epoxy has thousands of applications and is used extensively in industrial, marine, electronic, building and restoration, and consumer applications.  Epoxies, in general, are recognized for exceptional bond strength, dimensional stability and permanence.  They are also highly resistant to chemicals, salts and water.   Since its founding in 1959, Abatron has utilized epoxy technology to create some of the most beneficial building and restoration products used today. 

 

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This is epoxy: Rotted wood window repair. (Repairs made with LiquidWood® and WoodEpox®)

   

            The most common epoxy formulation is a two-part system.  It contains a part A, the Resin, and a part B, the hardener.  When the two parts are combined, they cause a chemical reaction intertwining with one another, forming a material with incredible strength and durability.  Once the two parts are mixed, a hardening reaction begins.  This is called the pot life.  The pot life time varies based on the temperature and the amount mixed.  The reaction is accelerated by heat.  So, generally speaking, the larger the mass, the warmer the temperature, the faster it hardens and cures.  The curing process can take anywhere from minutes to days.  Two-component epoxies are stored in separate containers or in one container with two compartments. 

 

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  This is epoxy: Concrete balluster repairs using Aboweld 55-1™

 

            When working with epoxy, be sure to read the directions, prepare the surface and have all mixing and application materials ready.  Remember, the working time varies and you want to make sure you are not wasting time gathering up the materials needed for the project.  Using epoxy properly will give you an end result that is permanent, durable, and cost-effective.

 

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This is epoxy: Bar top coating, Aboglass™