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TIG Welding Tips

Why should I try TIG welding?

1. Weld more metals and alloys than any other process
  TIG welders can be used to weld steel, stainless steel, chromoly, aluminum, nickel alloys, magnesium, copper, brass, bronze, and even gold. TIG is a useful welding process for welding wagons, bike frames, lawn mowers, door handles, fenders, and more.

Build and Repair

Automotive Work

Create Art

2. Create high quality, clean welds  
  With superior arc and weld puddle control, TIG allows you to create clean welds when appearances count. Because the heat input is often controlled by pressing on a foot pedal, similar to driving a car, TIG welding allows you to heat up or cool down the weld puddle giving you precise weld bead control. This makes TIG welding ideal for cosmetic welds like sculptures and automotive welds.
  No sparks or spatter  
  Because only the necessary amount of filler metal is added to the welding puddle, no spatter or sparks are produced (if the metal being welded is clean).
  No flux or slag  
  Because the Argon gas protects the weld puddle from contamination, no flux is required or used in TIG welding and there is no slag to block your view of the weld puddle. Also, the finished weld will not have slag to remove between weld passes.
  No smoke or fumes  
  TIG welding does not create smoke or fumes, unless the base metal being welded contains contaminants or elements such as, oil, grease, paint, lead or zinc. The base metal should be cleaned before welding.

TIG welding

TIG Welding

No sparks, smoke, or fumes

Good TIG Weld

TIG Weld - clean, no slag or spatter

Stick Weld

Stick Weld - must remove slag and spatter

3. Use one shielding gas (Argon) for all applications
  Because Argon can be used to TIG weld all metals and thicknesses you only need one type of gas in your shop to handle all of your welding projects.

Argon gas is typically used
for most TIG welding applications
4. Weld in all positions      
  TIG welds can be made in all positions - flat, horizontal, vertical or overhead. Perfect for roll cages and inside confined areas.

Flat Weld

Flat Weld

Vertical Welding

Vertical Weld

Overhead Welding

Overhead Weld