primeweld tig225x banner 2

Tig welding tip- tired of cleaning aluminum with a wire brush?

by Casey
(Heart of Dixie)

I weld alot of trashy aluminum, when I say trashy I mean literally.

I repair aluminum garbage trailers!! Yuckey is a word that usually comes to mind for those primadonna's that sit at a table with their tennis shoes on and weld all-day. My arms would be mush from trying to brush off somebodys eggs and bacon out of a crack 4ft long that I needed to repair. I tried aluminum grinding discs for awhile but aluminum seems to weld better when the surface is smooth-polished instead of a corse finish that a grinding disk leaves you with. My tip for cleaning aluminum is using a 4 1/2 flap disk for those dirty jobs that require a little extra cleaning. Try 60 grit it will cut a little and polish. I keep a flap disk on one grinder with ALUMINUM ONLY!!! written all over it. IMPORTANT!! KEEP ALUMINUM Separate FROM STEEL when you've got a bunch of goofy goobers working for you. Love your job or find another because you'll never be good at it. GOD BLESS!

Return to Share a Welding Tip.

Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.