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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:12 pm    Post subject: Cleaning up spatter? Reply with quote

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How do you guys clean welding spatter? Can you describe tools involved? So I can make a shopping list?

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Michael
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 8:20 am    Post subject: Re: Cleaning up spatter? Reply with quote

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DailyDrivenTJ.com wrote:
How do you guys clean welding spatter? Can you describe tools involved? So I can make a shopping list?

Thanks,

Michael


A file, grinding stone, or flap disk will take it right off. Sometimes a wire brush will do it too. The flap disk is my favorite, and I usually use a small angle grider for a quick clean.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I use a flap disc on a handheld angle grinder, for detail work I use a cone
grinder on a drimmel tool.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is there different grit on the flap disc?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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DailyDrivenTJ.com wrote:
Is there different grit on the flap disc?

I think there is different grit. You can also use a sandpaper disk on a pad, which works the same as a flap disk, but is alot flatter in profile, which can give you more precise control. The sandpaper disks come in whatever grit you want.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Back in the 60's, when I was a Jig Builder for Douglas Aircraft, I worked closely with arc and heliarc welders. When they were worried about keeping an area clean, they used a heavy soap-like concoction that they spread around the area to be welded and the spatter didn't stick as well. It could usually be knocked off with a chipping hammer. As I remember it, it looked like a thick, white dish soap. You might try using liquid dish soap and letting it dry a little before you start welding.
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RobsJeepinNH
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:35 pm    Post subject: Mig? Stick? Reply with quote

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Can I ask... Is this a Mig welder? Gas (Argon) model? or a stick welder?, I like using an pnumatic 4.5" grinder with an oxide flapper.. or a soft grinder with just the brown oxide paper (one layer) be sure to use the backing cards!..
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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i use Pam Cooking oil.... spray it on the surface but remember to cover the spot u want to weld with tape first and then spray then take off the tape and weld.... they also make a spray you can buy at welding stores..... its nozzle spray you use when mig welding, you spray the nozzle of the welding gun so splatter doesn't build up and screw up the gas flow that comes out of the gun,,,, plus it makes your nozzle last longer and easier to clean... if you are stick welding then it is time to buy a cheap mig welder.... better and easier welds... i learned the hard way, bought the stick welder then the mig welder and couldn't believe the difference.... you can do mig with or without gas.... gas is a better weld but a no gas mig welder requires you to chip off the slag as you would when you stick weld.... a gas welder produces no slag, it doesn't use the same type of wire as a no gas welder which has flux, that is the stuff you are chipping off.... and remember the area to be welded must be clean of all stuff.... wire brush and get it ti shine and you will get the best weld and the easiest to weld... a dirty weld produces bad arc contact and contaminated welds which are not strong....
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I wanted to note that the nozzle-cleaning wax you should be using on your nozzle can also be used to stop weld spatter (stick a finger in it and rub some around the area).. and that splatter would be because of not enough heat.. or not enough gas.. unless this is a non-argon gas unit and it's a flux-core welder? - If so get a gas unit.. there's nothing like it.. and yes Vaseline is also a petroleum and can do the same thing.. But the wax bonds to the surface of the hot metal splatter and doesn't allow it to stick.. When using it to clean your nozzle weld for a minute or so and stick the whole end of the Gun into the wax.. that way no splatter sticks inside your nozzle and causes it to ground-out internally... -Rob
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jeepajoe
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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yeah i use that too.... ( the nozzle dip ) but i never thought of rubbing it on the metal, i guess i am a cheapy and didn't want to waste it.... i still got my first tub of the stuff and that was 1993 when i got it....

tells you how much i weld.....

now that i got layed off i got tons of time on my hands....

hey that was a kewl key ring you made of the willys.
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