If you’re interested in welding, but not sure how to go about it, we are here to help. This guide is going to focus on how to weld stainless steel with a Mig welder.
In case you don’t know what a Mig welder is, it’s the most popular type of welding for hobbyist and DIY people for creating strong joints in steel or aluminum. It’s also very versatile and can handle various materials like brass, cast iron and stainless steel.
A Mig welder is a very versatile type of welder. Using a Mig welder you can create strong joints between steel and aluminum. If you’re interested in welding but not sure how to go about it, this blog post can help by discussing the technique for welding stainless steel with a migweld.
How To Weld Stainless With A MIG Welder
Clear the base material of any dirt or rust that may have accumulated on it from exposure to air or water. You will also need to pre-heat the metal before beginning on step 2 or 3 in order for the metal to be welded and for straight, neat welds to be created.
Start your battery pack and let it warm up until an orange light appears from either the light on the side of the welder or the red light will light up next to the welding tip.
Place the metal to be welded onto a clean flat surface and adjust your mig welder accordingly. Make sure you’re holding it properly, using both hands, with one supporting it and holding base where you will place your joint to weld and one hand supporting the other end so that you can control weld correctly.
Set your welder up for OOB welding. This is when you will be able to see the weld pool and the molten metal, clearly in one spot.
After placing your joint on the material, hold your welder tip at approximately 2-3 inches away from the joint.
Now that you have begun welding, it’s important that you begin welding at a flat rate of speed. This will ensure that there are no sputters or any moments where the welder runs away from the weld pool.
Slowly begin moving the welder away from the weld pool, in a straight motion, until you can see that the metal is completely joined together.
Now that you have finished with your joint and it has cooled down enough to touch, give it a strong tap with your hammer to ensure that your stainless steel joint is strong.
Now that you have already welded with your mig welder, be sure to read the following blog posts on how to get a perfect weld from your mig welder, how to use a wire feed in your welder and where to get the best price for stainless steel welding wire.
When you’re done creating your stainless steel joint, don’t forget to share it with us so we can see! Good luck!
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Walton M. Edwards was born in 1994 in a coal mining town, he has worked as a welder, a hardware salesman, and as a pipe fitter and has been employed as a laborer for about fifty years. Walton is a native of Wabash County in Indiana, but he now resides in Bloomington, Indiana.