Spread a drop cloth or newspapers over the entire working area. If dropped on the floor, epoxy will be hard to remove after hardening.
Put on the safety glasses and the rubber gloves. Ensure proper ventilation in the workspace
Abrade the damaged surface of the tube with a 60-grit sandpaper or an abrasive pad for half a minute. A scrubbed surface enables better adhesion.
Cut the fiberglass tape to appropriate size to be wrapped at least twice around the joint. This tape will add strength and prevent leakage.
Mix the metal epoxy adhesive and the hardener in equal proportions thoroughly in a plastic mixing container with a wooden mixing stick. If a single part epoxy is used, it can be applied directly.
Apply a coat of the prepared epoxy glue on the surface with a paintbrush. Make sure the metal epoxy resin covers an area almost twice that of the damaged tube.
Wrap the fiberglass tape on the sticky surface at least twice.
Apply a second coat of the epoxy glue on the fiberglass tape with the paintbrush. Try to give a smooth finish. Ensure complete coating of the surface.
Place the tube gently on a surface. Do not put any pressure on the joint. Leave the tube overnight for hardening of the epoxy.
Scrub the epoxy surface gently, to level it with the tube surface.
Things You Will Need
- Drop cloth or newspaper
- Safety glasses
- Rubber gloves
- 60-grit sandpaper or abrasion pad
- Metal epoxy
- Plastic mixing container
- Wooden mixing stick
- Fiberglass tape
- Use the epoxy resin within 30 minutes of preparation.