Dry vs. Cure

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 15 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

I’m watching Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel and Mike Rowe, the host, as made just commited one of my pet peeves. Expoxy resins do not “dry”, they cure. It may not seem like a big deal, but to some (especially those a the School of Mines), it is. Curing is a chemical reaction, usually exothermic, occurs. This polymerisation reaction solidifies the adhesive within minutes of the initial reaction. Cement is another reaction often mislabeled as drying. Again, this is a chemical reaction, not a drying process. And that’s my rant for the day.