visibility_off Epoxy: Minimal Mess, Small Footprint Approach

June 20, 2016, 2:01 p.m.

I'll detail this out some more if I see there is some interest. Main points:

- Use syringes that fit perfectly into shampoo bottle top (don't cross contaminate components!) for volumetric metering (not going by weight)

- Use a plastic bag for mixing your components (check if it does not leak/epoxy does not make it leak). It has less dead space, can the closed and clamped somewhere (should be very useful if you do wind power blade repairs, as you can clamp it to you lapel and have a hand more free), magneted to the ammox box, or thrown in the fridge, you can mix in pigments and nanoparticles much better (although your shear forces are still limited), much less waste, less fumes (I was once involved in a very high end measurement and was shocked what comes out of the hardener in terms of respirable stuff, but that is a long story), you can make much smaller batches fairly well so again less waste, much less mess.

- Storage in ammo box (with intact rubber gasket - again the fumes), a metal container is good idea if the stuff is flammable, and it is - especially if you store both components together + some acetone. 

- Extra recommendations: Get several extra syringes so you have a quick backup if the plunger seal fails on one (which it will do eventually), get yourself some pigments and share them with your friends (same goes for epoxy - buying bulk will save money big time), consider getting a couple of other ingredients so you can mod the vanilla epoxy for other purposes (have a look at BYK.com) then you can tailor for adhesive or varnish at home. If you bought in bulk that can save money not spent on overspriced adhesives. Don't buy too much and let it sit forever though - epoxy has a shelf life, and if you go beyond that you should know what you are doing (unbalanced stoichiometry, health issues, mechanical issues).
Generally I have to stress: read the product information, take HSE seriously (especially if you are a guy and plan to have descendants), and watch a couple of good youtube vids or instractables on working with epoxy! What I've talked about here is mainly where I would do things differently from the conventional way.

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