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Old 07-27-2011, 09:04 PM
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welding questuon

Hello all!Havent been on in awhile &havent been in the garage@all but now Im going at it.Im doing the body work on my car @this point&I have a few tiny holes close to where Im welding in new metal for my quarters but not that close.That being said I dont wanna cut them out there just the diamater of maybe a pen tip.The rest of the metal around em is good.I was wondering if I could just hit it with my wire welder then clean it up&smooth it out?Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:06 PM
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if the metal around the holes truly is soild, it would be fine to hit with the welder
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You could, but metal doesn't rust like that, the surrounding metal (within a quarter inch or so at least) is VERY thin.

If you see just small holes, it is rusting from the inside out and the back side is SHOT. Poke the hole with an awl or screw driver and you will see what I mean.

To answer the question, yes you can SOMETIMES weld up small rust holes just like that. The problem is it is rarely that simple and the metal is rusted too thin surrounding the hole.

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Old 07-29-2011, 06:52 AM
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Its solid Ive chrcked it completely.
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You could, but metal doesn't rust like that, the surrounding metal (within a quarter inch or so at least) is VERY thin.

If you see just small holes, it is rusting from the inside out and the back side is SHOT. Poke the hole with an awl or screw driver and you will see what I mean.

I agree with Brian, chances are if you hit it with the welder without checking the area around the hole you will most likely just burn a bigger hole into the sheet metal.
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Lol, you beat me to it. Just try it very very easily and keep an eye on the puddle and the parent metal also . You will do fine.
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I also agree with Brian. Welding shut rust holes is just a matter of throwing boogers on top or using lower settings. I've been asked to do that at work and you don't really feel good about doing it that way cause the weld can't even properly infuse into the metal with proper weld settings cause it's too weak. Just cut out a patch if you're comfy with doing that.
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