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    Default Sealing Steel Welds on Stainless Steel art projects...

    What would you use to 'seal' steel welds on stainless steel so that it slows or stops them from rusting? I am using steel wire on my stainless steel art projects.. I have noticed it takes no time at all for the welds to show rust and I want to slow or stop it with a sealer of some type.. any suggestions? (can't afford stainless wire just yet)....

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    Steel wire?? Why aren't you using SS wire?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chewinggum View Post
    Steel wire?? Why aren't you using SS wire?
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    Nope.. I just started out about a month ago and I just had steel wire for the mig.. stainless was alot of money for me to invest in when I didn't know if I would like or even be good at what I am doing.

    I had talked to a few ppl that said the steel wire would be ok, but that I should seal to help them from rusting so quickly..

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    To answer your question you'll need to prep the surface by scuffing & cleaning. Then apply a clearcoat or paint.

    But you should be using stainless wire & tri mix gas unless you want rust or discoloration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMW View Post
    To answer your question you'll need to prep the surface by scuffing & cleaning. Then apply a clearcoat or paint.

    But you should be using stainless wire & tri mix gas unless you want rust or discoloration.

    Crud.... I have argon/co2 mix, I would have to switch that out too??? ****..

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    Argon/co2 will work but it is not the right gas & again you will be losing some corrosion resistance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMW View Post
    Argon/co2 will work but it is not the right gas & again you will be losing some corrosion resistance.
    oh well.. it is garden art after all.. rust will probably enhance the look..

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    Spray with deft or other clear lacquer. After paint prep of course.

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    I bought a roll of stainless wire from Airgas which is formulated to use with 75/25(so they say).Have not tried it yet.
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    Default Airgas SS wire formulated for 75/25?

    Quote Originally Posted by fabricator View Post
    I bought a roll of stainless wire from Airgas which is formulated to use with 75/25(so they say).Have not tried it yet.
    Please give us the name/designation of this wire, since
    this assertion by Airgas flies in the face of the metallurgy/chemistry
    of SS welding with high CO2 content gas.

    I'm not bashing-you, I'm very curious to know more particulars about
    this claim.


    From my own experience-this wouldn't be the first time that Airgas has touted things that just ain't-so.

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