Stainless steel fabrication can be intimidating for new welders and tricky even for craftspeople with lots of experience. Luckily, approaching these projects with the proper preparation and some helpful tips and tricks can guide your weld to success.
First, it’s important to wear protective gloves.
Acetone is necessary for the process but can be extremely harmful to your skin. Next, prepare your materials for a proper fit. Skipping this step can cause your components to have a poor fit later and will negatively impact your finished weld. Next, it’s time to back-purge your materials. This will remove any undesirable gasses and vapors from the backside of your items. While welding, hold a tight arc and imagine a tangent plane along the tube’s radius. Remember that if you move too fast and without enough heat it will cause your weld to look clumpy, so try not to rush.
How the finished weld should look is ultimately a matter of personal preference. Final results will vary depending on heat input and travel speed, so there isn’t an industry standard. With time and practice, you will be able to find a weld style that best suits you and your projects.