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I'd recommend getting 308L welding rod and TIG welding it. The problem isn't the material as stainless is easy to weld. The problem is how thin the trim is. Nothing a decent TIG welder can't handle.

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I'd also recommend welding both sides. Do not use the parent metal. This is way too thin to rely on that not cracking after filing, grinding, and polishing. It WILL crack. Filler rods have materials in them to keep the joint pliable and when it's that thin and has to be polished at the seam that's exactly what you want, but of course a parent metal will give you a better blend.
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I’ve done a bunch of classic SS moldings. We cut some scrap moldings into thin strips for rod. My TIG welder will go down to less than 5 amps. Some of these moldings are .012 to .019 thick. It’s extremely tedious to do this with ill fitting joints. You really need 000 gaps fits. I back purged them. Even this isn’t easy on window moldings. Just getting a decent seal is hard. I taped aluminum, steel and stainless as well as cardboard as needed. I often used wet cloths to pull heat out of the parts.

Trying to weld with 308l or 316l is a bad deal as the color won’t match 100%. Also you are limited in wire size. .023 is about as small as you can get shot of buying precision rods at a $2 each. It’s still the wrong color match. You have to have proper buffing equipment to do the finish work.

The guy I did most of this stuff for was an expert in grinding and polishing the moldings. You couldn’t see the welds at all and they looked miserable when he started. He said just make the weld high enough and he would finish grinding and polishing.

In the end for what it cost you need to buy replacement moldings. The ones I did were mostly for chopped tops or customized shapes.
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I learned a lot from this thread, thank you so much. Yeah, this is for a chopped top, that's the only reason for me to touch it.

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