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    I have some roof flashinf .050 Aluminum some lap joints and some 90 Degree with lap that I need to weld Using .035 4000 series wire with a alumpro gun suggested settings for the 350P using pulse. This material has been painted but paint has been sanded off. Any suggestions appreciated this material is thin ands difficult.

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    That sounds like a REAL challenge...

    I tend to TIG the stuff that thin...

    will watch to see how this goes..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Robertson View Post
    I have some roof flashinf .050 Aluminum some lap joints and some 90 Degree with lap that I need to weld Using .035 4000 series wire with a alumpro gun suggested settings for the 350P using pulse. This material has been painted but paint has been sanded off. Any suggestions appreciated this material is thin ands difficult.
    Are you sure it's .050? Seems like heavy flashing. I'm no expert. I think it would be very difficult to weld .050 with a spool gun. A good job for TIG.

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    That's going to be tough, fit ups will need to be tight and a backing like steel or copper will def help. I've repaired 16 and 18 gauge aluminum boats which is roughly the same thickness but a boat has a lot more thermal mass than a flashing. Follow the chart on the machine and set the wire speed a little slower and haul azz. Don't ever worry about a whip and pause (bead appearance) just push and don't stop. Post some pics and good luck, Ja

    Oh, and I forgot. Running pulse I've found it is very difficult to weld dirty metal. Make sure it is super clean. When you see the black soot show up in your puddle and then the arc becomes erratic, before you know it your feeding wire through your material. Just my experience, don't know if it happens for all
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    4047 MAY HELP. MORE Si BETTER ON THIN MATERIAL.

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