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How to repair cracked cast iron with epoxy

Updated February 21, 2017

Cast iron parts that are not subject to high heat or excessive pressure are readily repaired with metal-based epoxies. Metal-based epoxies are available in either one or two parts. A one-part epoxy cures when exposed to air, and a two-part epoxy needs to be mixed to cure. Both types of metal-based epoxy harden to a steel-like strength that will provide a semi-permanent to permanent repair on cast iron. The permanence of the repair will depend on the cleanliness of the cast iron crack and the proper application of the metal-based epoxy.

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  1. Put on your safety glasses and leather work gloves.

  2. Attach the 4.5-inch wire wheel to the 4.5-inch angle grinder and clean the cracked area of the cast iron with the 4.5-inch wire wheel. You need to remove all contaminants, including paint, from the surface of the cast iron.

  3. Wipe the cleaned area of the cast iron with a clean rag to remove the dust created by the 4.5-inch wire wheel. If you are using a one-part metal-based epoxy, apply solvent to the rag and then wipe down the crack in the cast iron.

  4. Mix equal parts of the two-part epoxy until the mixed epoxy forms one solid colour throughout. Skip this step if you are using a one-part metal-based epoxy.

  5. Press the mixed two-part epoxy into the crack or apply the one-part epoxy into the cast iron crack with the putty knife.

  6. Allow the metal-based epoxy to cure for the time specified by the epoxy usage instructions before using the repaired cast iron part.

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Things You'll Need

  • Safety glasses
  • Leather work gloves
  • 4.5-inch wire wheel
  • 4.5-inch angle grinder
  • Clean dry rag
  • Solvent cleaner (one-part epoxy only)
  • Metal-based epoxy
  • Putty knife (one-part epoxy only)

About the Author

C.L. Rease
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