Intro: Pro Tip, Weld a Crack in Thin Metal
Last week my uncle asked me to weld two cracks on the bonnet/hood of his car.
These occurred on the place where the locking mechanism was mounted.
He cleaned the location where I needed to weld, but because of this there was a small crack/gap of 1-2 mm. In this instructable I will explain how you can weld this properly.
I recreated this with a piece of 0.8mm zincor plate.
My welding table is based on this instructable
Step 1: Step 1: the Materials
The things I used
- The metal to weld
- Welding gloves
- Welding mask
- A Mig/mag welder
- Angle grinder
- Work gloves
- Safty goggles
- The welding table. In a real live situation it is probably not possible to use this.
- Welding pliers
- Hearing protection
- A flat piece of cupper
Step 2: Step 2: Flat Piece of Copper
The trick to weld a crack in thin metal is to use a flat piece of copper.
This has two advantages
- Copper will spread the heat over a larger part of the metal so you a burn trhough is less likely
- The underside of the welded part will be flat, this is handy when you can not reach the underside of the weld and this needs to be flat, this was the case on the bonnet.
For the flat copper I used a piece of copper tubing wich I flattend on my anvil (piece of train rail)
Make sure you clean the piece before welding
Step 3: Step 3: Trepare the Part
This is the part I created with a piece of zincor plate.
I locked the copper between the the metal and the welding tabe using my small welding pliers
Step 4: Step 4: Weld
I have a 155 amp mig/mag welder, for this I have it in the lowest setting with the wire speed between 1 and 2.
At the moment I have 0.8mm of welding wire in my machine.
When you weld take your time, it is better to weld it in three shorter bits then in one long and have a burn trough.
With the copper you see that a burn trough does not happen so fast.
When there is a burn trough the copper ensures that the molten metal does not fall through
Step 5: Step 5: Clean
After the fun part, the cleaning up
To clean this part I used an angle grinder with sandpaper. Dont forget to wear the correct protection.
On the last photo you see how flat the underside of the piece is