There are certain items one keeps in their home for household repairs and maintenance: chalking for cracks and seams, paint for touchups, WD 40 or other lubricate for hinges, locks and garage door rollers, and epoxy resin for a variety of repairs and projects. Keeping this polymer handy makes a flexible addition to your do-it-yourself (DIY) toolbox.
Versatile epoxy resin can be used to restore and preserve a wide variety of materials including wood, plastic and concrete. Mixing, applying and shaping epoxy for use around the house is easy, may usually be accomplished with tools you already have, and creates a durable surface for a long-lasting repair.
A common household DIY surface to be repaired with epoxy resin is wood such as furniture (tables and chairs), doors and casings, window sills, and columns, pillars and balustrades. Virtually any worn, cracked or rotted wooden surface may be refurbished using epoxy resin. The Family Handyman writes in a column titles, ‘How to Use Epoxy on Wood for Repairs’;
“Epoxy is the perfect material to make permanent repairs of rotting window sills, door jambs and exterior molding that are difficult to remove and expensive to replace. Epoxy is easy to handle too. You mix it like cookie dough, mold it like modeling clay and, when it hardens, you carve and sand it just like wood. It sticks like crazy and is formulated to flex and move with the wood, so it won't crack and fall out like some wood fillers.”
Epoxy resin flooring may be applied over virtually any solid and cured substrate. When installing an epoxy coating over concrete for instance, the slab should cure for at least 30 days; then a durable and decorative epoxy resin coating may be applied. ‘How to Apply Epoxy Resins on Floors’ from SFGate Home Guides explains;
“The surface is durable and easy to clean, which makes resin floor covering ideal for a garage and other high-traffic locations. Many of the epoxy resin products on the market today are intended as do-it-yourself projects. Kits are available, or you may purchase the individual components to customize your decorative floor coating.”
Epoxy resin may also be used as a filler to repair chips and cracks in counter and tabletops and other hard-surface furnishings; or to completely refinish surfaces if so desired; bringing new life to home furnishings. Versatile and durable epoxy resin – a must-have in the DIY toolbox!