Epoxy are the basic parts of epoxy resins. At some stage, these are converted to what are readily referred to as cured end products that will, at a still later stage, be converted to epoxy floors layouts amongst other products and convertibles in a vast variety of industries. Epoxy resins in turn are referred to chemically as polyepoxides. These are what are known as a ‘class of reactive prepolymers’.
That being said, epoxy resins are reacted or cross-linked through a process known as catalytic homopolymerisation. If not that, they will be linked with a range of co-reactants which could include such a wide variety of chemicals amongst which would almost certainly include polyfunctional amines, acids, phenols, alcohol and thiols. These reactants are commonly referred to as hardeners or curatives.
The reactions that all or most of these chemical agents cause result in favourable mechanical properties as well as high thermal and chemical resistance. The created epoxy coatings are applied to a wide variety of surfaces amongst which include flooring, metal, electronics, paint brushes and fiber-reinforced plastic materials. Adhesive applications are created for structural and other purposes too. The DIY practitioner can purchase epoxies at any hardware store in the country.
The hardware store epoxy packs generally come in packs separated into resins and hardeners. So it goes that the experienced DIY practitioner knows by heart the package instructions and can mix the two together before use. Specialist boat builders and repairers have a unique attachment to epoxy resins. But they are not usually used on the boats’ outer layers owing to the deteriorating effects of UV light exposure.
So of course, epoxy resins are perfect for garage surfaces because the latter are generally shielded from the light.