Grassroots Motorsports LIVE! on Wednesday February 7: Learn How to MIG Weld Aluminum

Welding aluminum requires expensive specialized equipment, or does it? We set up an Eastwood MIG 175 welder—a device normally associated with steel fabrication—to weld aluminum. Tonight we’ll go through our setup live and attempt to lay down some of our first beads as we learn the fine art of aluminum welding with a MIG welder.

Join us with questions and comments—and probably watch us grab a piece of hot aluminum and say swears—on Grassroots Motorsports LIVE! Presented by CRC industries. The show starts tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern on our Facebook and YouTube hubs.

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Robbie
Robbie PowerDork
2/7/18 12:37 p.m.

Oh man. In.

plain92
plain92 New Reader
2/7/18 1:20 p.m.

Honey can you stop by the store on the way home

Gaunt596
Gaunt596 Reader
2/7/18 2:54 p.m.
plain92 said:

Honey can you stop by the store on the way home

Uhh, how about brake clean and welders don't mix

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
2/7/18 6:37 p.m.

Hope to be around. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
2/7/18 8:09 p.m.

 

Looks like you made it, Dean! This will be fun.

paranoid_android
paranoid_android UltraDork
2/7/18 9:20 p.m.

Great video, thank you!

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
2/8/18 9:08 p.m.

In reply to Ed Higginbotham :

Sure did was a great show.

kman91
kman91 New Reader
2/9/18 11:18 a.m.

If you weld after cleaning with with brake or carb cleaners, make damn sure they're not chlorinated.  Most modern brake and carb cleaners are non-chlorinated, but some still are.  They usually state this on the can.

As Guant596 alluded to, welding with after using a chlorinated cleaner is EXTREMELY dangerous and results in a very toxic gas (and I'm not one that gets cautious about most things).

But, and non-chlorinated cleaner does not produce toxic gasses. 

A safer way is to just use acetone, but yes, the spray can is very handy.

Stay safe!

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