Thread: Do it Yourself Aluminum Welding
12-22-2008, 12:11 AM #1
12-22-2008, 12:27 AM #2
no, i use my mig or tig welder.
The rule is, if the weld needs to support life, make sure you damn well trust it. I wouldn't trust that weld.
12-22-2008, 10:56 AM #3
I have a set of those rods and they work ok but I would not use them for anything structural.
12-22-2008, 12:08 PM #4
Fercho told me about the Durafix. I tried it, but couldn't get it to melt with a home torch. I think it would require map.
12-22-2008, 12:36 PM #5
I've used a couple different kinds. It's kind of like MIG welding, in that you can make a really beautiful looking joint that has zero strength. The secret is to go freakin' crazy with a stainless steel brush on everything (including the rod) before you fire up the torch.
Done right, it's pretty strong, but keep in mind that it's not actually welding, regardless of what the marketers call it. It doesn't melt the pieces being joined, so it's really aluminum brazing.
I used to make aluminum frames for my paintings in art school, and they looked the biz. I also filled in some pretty severe curb rash on a pair of Jag XJS wheels. Once I filed them and sanded them, you couldn't tell at all unless you looked really closely to notice the slightest change in color.
12-22-2008, 12:39 PM #6
Which is why the guys demonstrating this stuff with a propane torch at trade show booths always stick with pop cans and the like...
03-07-2009, 01:55 AM #7
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Has anyone tried this on a wakeboard tower? I noticed hairline crack on one of the welds on my tower so I was just wondering if this would do the trick.
03-07-2009, 06:10 AM #8
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Good to hide crack...but it will crack again if under stress.
Kinda like patching a concrete crack patch looks good for a little while but crack will come back in time.
03-07-2009, 11:48 AM #9
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03-16-2009, 12:17 PM #10
I have seen a similar product used on a boat prop. Going strong after 1 season on a 90horse.
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