Epoxy Basics

These epoxy basics are what you need to know for successful use of WEST SYSTEM Epoxy. The epoxy basics cover dispensing and mixing, modify with epoxy fillers, surface preparation, bonding, clamping, hardware installation, fairing, finish coatings, cold-temperature epoxy bonding, cleaning up, epoxy chemistry and working cleanly.

Dispensing & Mixing - Epoxy Basics
Dispensing & Mixing Epoxy

Modifying epoxy with Fillers & Additives - Epoxy Basics
Modifying Epoxy with Fillers & Additives

Surface Preparation - Epoxy Basics
Surface Preparation for Epoxy

Bonding & Clamping - Epoxy Basics
Bonding & Clamping with Epoxy

Bonding Fasteners & Hardware - Epoxy Basics
Bonding Fasteners & Hardware with Epoxy

Fairing - Epoxy Basics
Fairing with Epoxy

Apply Cloth & Tape - Epoxy Basics
Apply Woven Cloth & Tape with Epoxy

Barrier Coating - Epoxy Basics
Barrier Coating with Epoxy

Final Surface Prep - Epoxy Basics
Final Surface Prep 

Finish Coating - Epoxy Basics
Finish Coatings over Epoxy

Clean Up & Removing - Epoxy Basics
Clean Up & Removing Epoxy

Cold Temperature Bonding - Epoxy Basics
Cold Temperature Epoxy Bonding

WEST SYSTEM Chemistry Star - Epoxy Basics
Epoxy Chemistry

Working Cleanly - Epoxy Basics
Working Cleanly with Epoxy

Comprehensive Problem Solver - Epoxy Basics
Comprehensive Epoxy Problem Solver


What’s in our Epoxy Basics pages

These basic epoxy instructions and illustrations were written with you, the end user, in mind. Here you will learn the best epoxy use methods for epoxy bonding, epoxy joints, epoxy fillets, epoxy coating, and applying fiberglass cloth or reinforcing materials with epoxy.  If you’re new to using two-part WEST SYSTEM marine grade epoxies, read through the information provided in the links below to avoid common errors and get the best results possible for your project whether you’re building a kayak, repairing a fiberglass boat, restoring a wooden boat, or doing household repair projects like fixing a cracked fiberglass shower or tub.

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for here, or if you have a question that goes beyond epoxy basics, please don’t hesitate to contact our full-time Technical Staff for assistance.

As an epoxy formulator and manufacturer, we have always worked closely with our customers to provide product technical support and know-how. We built our business on friendly customer service, extensive research and development, and manufacturing experience. We have a tradition and culture of sharing our knowledge and experience through books, instructional manuals, videos, seminars and workshops.