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  • DIYAnnaB commented on Mrballeng's instructable How to solder aluminum. 8 months ago
    How to solder aluminum.

    Thank you Mrballeng. I've used JB Weld with success on other things but only for joining metal things, not in places where the final finish of it would be important. Would JB Weld be able to polish up shiny like the surrounding aluminum? Or would I just be counting on it being a small enough spot so as not to be noticeable? That reminds me that I recently picked up a new (to me) JB Weld product at an auto parts store just because it looked interesting and potentially useful. It's called SteelStik (steel reinforced epoxy putty). I may do some research and see if this is an application where it would make sense. Thanks for the reminder! Also, do you know what would be the best product for cleaning the aluminum before attempting repairs? I've got old 1955 dirt.....putty tape.....a...see more »Thank you Mrballeng. I've used JB Weld with success on other things but only for joining metal things, not in places where the final finish of it would be important. Would JB Weld be able to polish up shiny like the surrounding aluminum? Or would I just be counting on it being a small enough spot so as not to be noticeable? That reminds me that I recently picked up a new (to me) JB Weld product at an auto parts store just because it looked interesting and potentially useful. It's called SteelStik (steel reinforced epoxy putty). I may do some research and see if this is an application where it would make sense. Thanks for the reminder! Also, do you know what would be the best product for cleaning the aluminum before attempting repairs? I've got old 1955 dirt.....putty tape.....and new auto grade caulk (applied by the same people who shot holes in the skin) all over this thing now. Something acidic? I don't want to ruin the shiny aluminum if I can help it.

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  • DIYAnnaB commented on Mrballeng's instructable How to solder aluminum. 8 months ago
    How to solder aluminum.

    Please forgive me for anything ridiculous I may say. I am renovating a vintage aluminum trailer and am sad to report that I had a little something done at a repair shop and they ended up shooting several brads through the skin of it! The holes are therefore small. I'm a middle aged woman and I do a lot of DIY home projects and construction but have yet to launch into welding. I wonder if it would be possible for me to use the product shown above and my soldering iron to repair these small holes and get it watertight again?

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