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There is always something broken in your home, car or garden that needs to be repaired or replaced. With liquid metal, you can do many of these repairs yourself, saving money and time. What exactly liquid metal is, what types there are and what you can do with it - you will find the answers to these questions in the following guide.
What is liquid metal?
Liquid metal is a dispersion of metal powder and synthetic resin. Liquid metal is therefore not pure metal, but a mixture of metal and plastic (usually epoxy resin). Metal powders are used as fillers to improve the mechanical properties of the cured blocks and to give the material a metallic appearance. Depending on the application, various metal powders can be added to the resins. In most cases, aluminum powders are used. However, other metals such as steel, iron, brass and copper are also added to some liquid metal powders.
2-component liquid metal
Two-component liquid metal or 2K consists of a synthetic resin filled with metal powder and hardener. The two components are separated before processing. 2K Liquid Metal is essentially a two-component adhesive that can be used to repair damaged parts. The metal powder gives the composition similar properties to the part being repaired and improves the finish after the composition has cured. Liquid metal 2K compositions are usually supplied in so-called two-chamber syringes. One syringe contains the resin with the metal powder, and the second syringe contains the hardener. When the two components are mixed, the composition begins to cure.
|Advantages 2K liquid metal||Disadvantages 2K liquid metal|
|Adheres to almost all materials||maximum gap width 2 to 3 mm|
|High adhesive strength||long curing time|
|high strength of the adhesive bond|
|resistant to many chemicals|
|High heat resistance|
One of the advantages of 2K liquid metal is that the parts to be repaired do not have to be pressed together. They only need to be held in position until the compound has cured. These liquid metals usually reach full bond strength after about 24 hours. If necessary, cracks with a width of 2-3 mm can be filled with the mass. Before gluing or filling, it is important that the surfaces and glued areas are dry, dust-free and, above all, free of grease and oil. Adhesives do not adhere well to greasy or oily surfaces.
What can liquid metal be used for?
Liquid metal is suitable for bonding almost all materials. Two-component epoxy adhesives can be used to fill or seal defects, repair damaged threads, defective holes, chipping and similar defects and damage. For example, these adhesives can be used to repair broken mounting tabs, cracks in water pipes, holes in oil pans and similar damage. Depending on the heat resistance of the liquid metal, cracks in exhaust pipes, exhaust manifolds or coal grates can also be repaired.
2K liquid metal can be used to repair and bond metals, wood, glass, concrete, stone, ceramics and various plastics. Only for bonding Teflon, rubber, polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) these adhesives are not suitable. However, the main application of liquid metal is in the repair of metal parts. After curing, the repaired area can be processed by drilling, grinding, filing or milling and then painted if necessary.
What is forged metal?
Forged metal is essentially the same as liquid metal in two parts. Forged metal also consists of a resin filled with metal powder and a hardener. Forged metal adheres to almost all materials like liquid metal. The only difference is that its consistency is not liquid, but resembles that of children's play dough. Plastisol is mainly used to repair large holes and cracks in water pipes, radiators and casings, as well as in metal parts and masonry. After the plastisol has cured, the repaired areas can be finished and painted by sanding, drilling or milling.
In the original state, the two components are separate from each other. For repair, one part is separated from the original unit and kneaded with the fingers. The two components usually have different colors. The dough is kneaded until it has a uniform color without streaks. Once the two components are mixed, they begin to harden. Therefore, it is only possible to work the deformed metal for 3-5 minutes. After about 8-10 minutes, the mass becomes hard and can no longer be formed. It takes about 24 hours to reach the final hardness.
Advantages and disadvantages of wrought metals
Wrought metals have the advantage over liquid metals that they can be modeled. For example, a defective radiator can be reshaped so that it is virtually unchanged after repair. Another advantage is that cracks and large holes can be filled and sealed with wrought iron. However, the disadvantage is the very short processing time. Since most alchemy products contain harmful substances, you should always wear appropriate gloves during the process.
Liquid metal also allows you to repair many parts yourself that would be too expensive to repair in a workshop or would need to be replaced with new ones. Repairs with liquid metal are extremely durable and very stable. Liquid metal is therefore an important part of your workshop. Liquid metal or forged metal is the best choice. Alchemy is ideal for repairs at home and on the road. For example, when camping or when you need a quick and reliable repair on the weekend.