This procedure covers epoxy mixing and handling. The epoxy covered by this procedure has multiple uses, including solder mask repair, base board repair, circuitry over-coating, and delamination repair.
Note: For high strength or high-temperature applications two-part epoxies will generally have the best properties.
Minimum Skill Level - Intermediate
Recommended for technicians with skills in basic soldering and component rework, but may be inexperienced in general repair/rework procedures.
Conformance Level - High
This procedure most closely duplicates the physical characteristics of the original, and most probably complies with all the functional, environmental and serviceability factors.
Tools and Materials
General purpose cleaner for removing contamination.
Disposable brushes for use with solvents for cleaning and application of coatings.
Use to tint the color of epoxy used for solder mask repair or circuit base board repair.
Ideal for absorbing cleaning solvents, and applying color agents and epoxies.
General purpose oven for drying, baking and curing epoxies.
Nonabrasive, low-linting wipes for cleanup.
Images and Figures
Figure 1: For prepackaged epoxy, remove divider clip and mix resin and hardener inside package.
Figure 2: Apply epoxy as needed. Foam swabs may be used to add texture for soldermask repair.
Epoxies used for circuit board repair and rework require specific properties. The Epoxy referenced in this procedure is a clear, low viscosity, superior strength two-part epoxy. It is available in two-compartment plastic packages, so no measuring is needed.
See the Related Products below for details about the Epoxy referenced in this procedure.
The area where the epoxy is to be applied should be prepared prior to mixing the epoxy. This preparation may include preheating the affected area to improve absorption of the applied epoxy. The entire circuit board may also be heated in an oven or with a heat lamp.
Caution: Some components may be sensitive to high temperatures.
Procedure - Prepackaged Two Part Epoxy
Remove the clip separating the resin and hardener. Mix by squeezing both halves together with your fingers. Mix for at least one minute to ensure a complete mix of the resin and activator. (See Figure 1)
Cut open one end of the epoxy tube and squeeze the contents into a mixing cup. Mix again with a mixing stick to ensure a thorough mixture of the resin and hardener.
Note: For bubble-free epoxy, remove the clip separating the resin and hardener. Cut open one end of the Epoxy tube and squeeze the contents into a mixing cup. Slowly stir the mixture with the mixing stick. Be sure to stir the mixture for at least 2 minutes to ensure that all the resin and hardener have completely mixed.
If needed, add a color agent to the mixed epoxy. Stir slowly to prevent bubbles.
Apply or use as needed. (See Figure 2)
Cure the epoxy for 24 hours at room temperature or 1 hour @ 165F (74C)
Visual examination of epoxy for texture and color match.