You may have seen the new trend taking place in welding zinc plated steel. This method is a much easier and faster way of welding steel, especially when compared to TIG welding or MIG welding. The reason for this is that you don’t need any flux. Instead, all the welding that takes place is a metal stick welding method.
One of the most common uses for welding steel with a zinc coating is to make welding joints between two pieces of machinery, and especially between two pieces of heavy machinery that are bolted together. If you have ever worked in a welding shop, then you have worked with a mig welder, or MIG welder. This is when the welding welder uses a metal stick to do the welding. A much safer method than using the typical flux core welding zinc plated steel filler wire. This method is also much easier on the body and eyes. This process is called stick welding.
There are many benefits to welding zinc plated steel with a stick welding method. The most obvious one is that you don’t need a flux core. Another big one is that there is no puddling of molten zinc at the weld point. Most of the times you will hear the metal sticking or brushing as the welding occurs. This is not good when welding zinc.
When welding zinc plated steel, using a stick is easy and much more convenient to perform. You don’t have to stand still to work the welding. You can move about freely, so you don’t have to worry about having a stool or bench under your feet. Another great thing about welding zinc plated steel with a stick welding is that you don’t have to use as much solder, it takes away from the cost of the welding.
Zinc welding rods are available in many different diameters. The most commonly used welding rod is a 18 inch welding rod. Most often the welding zinc plated steel will be a standard welding rod. It is important to make sure that your welding rod fits the job you intend to do exactly and that it has the correct diameter for the job. Always make sure to get the correct welding rod so that you will be able to weld properly.
Choosing a good welding zinc plated steel welding rod is not a difficult task, you should stick with the brand name of the welding rods for the welding you plan to do. If you buy a cheaper generic brand, you will likely encounter more problems during welding, which will be more time consuming and costly to fix. To find a good brand name, you should check with consumer reviews, try to steer clear of companies that are run by older guys with weird ideas, or run a “zilch” shop out there. Good quality welding rods come with a warranty and are very easy to find, they are generally more expensive though.
Before welding on the welding zinc plated steel, you should carefully heat the steel so that it is soft and malleable enough to do the welding. When you place the welding rod tip onto the welding zinc plated steel, make sure to grip it tightly and hold it there. If you need help with gripping the welding rod, sometimes a friend will be better than yourself, or you can even get a piece of thin plywood to hold onto. The more you grip the welding rod, the easier it becomes for you to weld, and less work is required to hold it steady.
After you have welded the steel to your desired shape, you may notice that some welding areas look a little odd. It’s important to fix these areas before continuing to work with the welding steel on other projects, since it can spread damage to future welds if you don’t take care of the places where you weld. This can be fixed quite easily with welding filler wire or welding paint. For these repairs you would want to use either wire or paint.