If you are thinking of renovating your boat or adding a new structure to your yacht, you will have to look for aluminium boat welding or marine welding.
However, getting a marine fabrication project can get expensive. So it is quite vital that you choose the right fabrication and welding company.
KP Fabrication & Welding have over 40 years of experience in the aluminium and steel fabrication industry. We have carried out multiple marine welding projects and have learned a lot in the process.
Here are a few DOs and DON’Ts for aluminium boat welding:
Keep it Clean
Cleanliness and surface preparation is the most important thing in TiG welding. Both the filler material and the base should be spotless and free of any foreign objects.
Cut pieces right before welding
Untreated raw aluminium oxidizes when exposed to air, which makes welding more difficult. That is why aluminium pieces should be cut immediately before welding, with a plasma arc, laser, or a circular saw.
Use solvent to remove grease and oil
A premium quality solvent should be used to remove grease and oil from the surfaces of aluminium pieces that are to be welded.
Remove aluminium oxide from welding surfaces
A clean stainless steel brush is best for this. Removing oxidation provides a much better, more long-lasting result.
Grinder to cut aluminium pieces
Avoid using a grinder to cut aluminium pieces. They leave burrs and other imperfections that make welding more difficult.
Cut or pre-heat parts with oxy-fuel
Oxy-fuel contains a lot of oxygen – and that means more oxidation, which is not ideal for welding.
Shop rags to clean any surfaces
Aluminium boat welding product surfaces may be covered with dirt, grime, and debris that make shop rags a poor choice for cleaning aluminium before welding.
Compressed air to clean aluminium
Avoid using compressed air to clean aluminium, as it can contain moisture, which will react during the weld.
Lubricate metal pieces that will be welded later
Don’t use lubrication when milling aluminium that is going to be welded, as they will be hard to clean thoroughly before welding.
Contact us today to get your boat welding started.