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Re: Mig welding tips & tricks for Sheet Metal
MPandC #1313429 Thu Jun 06 2019 05:59 PM
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Thanks Kevin and Robert for sharing your knowledge and experiences.
I'll keep working at it!


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Re: Mig welding tips & tricks for Sheet Metal
MPandC #1328122 Sun Sep 29 2019 05:20 PM
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For those doing plug welds, I prefer to have the adjacent panels pre-painted with Epoxy Primer to get good rust prevention. This video shows flattening and backfacing a drill bit to use for cleaning paint off the adjacent panel in a plug weld hole...


https://youtu.be/aQyKbhd_qXM







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Re: Mig welding tips & tricks for Sheet Metal
MPandC #1334549 Wed Nov 20 2019 11:47 PM
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Originally Posted by MPandC
For those doing plug welds, I prefer to have the adjacent panels pre-painted with Epoxy Primer to get good rust prevention. This video shows flattening and backfacing a drill bit to use for cleaning paint off the adjacent panel in a plug weld hole...


https://youtu.be/aQyKbhd_qXM






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I watched several of your videos today. Boy have I been doing it wrong. My first fender patch looked like Ray Charles had welded it. I appreciate all the tips. I still have plenty to do, hopefully they'll get better looking. I guess everyone was an amateur at one time.


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Re: Mig welding tips & tricks for Sheet Metal
MPandC #1337295 Wed Dec 11 2019 05:31 PM
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Redline, there is no "one" method, many ways to skin the proverbial cat. And yes, we all start somewhere. I would be ashamed of some of the mess I made of welds 25-30 years ago... Noticing and taking action on room for improvement is the first step for anyone upping their game.

Re: Mig welding tips & tricks
MPandC #1366624 Sat Jun 27 2020 05:11 AM
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Trying to find out what kind of welder would be easy to use and cheap for a beginner welder. I need to weld hinge bracketts, lower cowl and fender support. Also the lower back of cab corners. Thanks

Re: Mig welding tips & tricks
MPandC #1366627 Sat Jun 27 2020 07:00 AM
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Take a look at the Tool Chest Forum. There is discussion there about welders.

I have a Lincoln Handy MIG, which is suitable for sheet metal and a bit heavier metal. It's a 120V unit. Others may recommend a higher amperage (and 230V) unit.


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Re: Mig welding tips & tricks
MPandC #1371118 Wed Jul 29 2020 06:47 AM
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So sometimes watching a video helps out better than reading text alone. Did a guest spot on Manic Mechanic's YouTube channel for some MIG welding 101.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEMc91Sx5ao



Check out some of their other how-to videos, give them a follow...

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