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Welding Tips and Tricks: Spatter

Today, we have prepared some welding tips and tricks for you when it comes to spatters. Spatter aren’t a rare occurrence during welding. In fact, this happens mostly in gas metal arc welding or GMAW. Most welders would say that it was this welding process that began spatters in the first place. Before that, welding is defined as the art of joining two materials – ideally metal – together with the use of fire or electricity. With this, you melt the metal and then join them together. Meanwhile, spatter refers to the droplets of the molten material that came at or near the welding arc. Of course, spatter isn’t seen as something good. It’s generally a nuisance. You’re clean up time will increase and it will give you more work to do. A good approach to this would be to prevent spatters. It’s hard to eliminate them but we can minimize them and prepare ourselves. There are many causes of spatter. Take a look at the following.

  1. Not having the right shielding gas.

    I have to say that this is a rare cause, but it’s not impossible. Be sure to double check if the gas you are using is appropriate for your material. Low quality gas can also have some effect on the level of spatters. Keep in mind that if the Argon is higher in content, the arc will be going smoothly.

    Carbon dioxide is a great choice because it’s cheap and is able to successfully aid in penetration, but just keep in mind that it is one of the leading cause of spatter.

  2. Neglecting to wipe.

    There are times when we get lazy to clean the material we are about to weld, but this can actually do you more harm than good as it can increase spatter. So clean up before you weld, okay?

    Be sure that there are no left over rust, oil, paint, or other contaminants in the material before you begin welding.

  3. Metal Transfer.

    Always remember that short arc and globular transfers are modes of metal transfer than produce a lot of spatter. In order to reduce the spatter,  you need to take time and learn about spray transfer.

    So what should you do? You will be needing to prepare 83% Argon in your shielding mix – maybe about 90/10.

  4. Angles.

    And lastly, there may be a problem in your angles. You may find yourself confused between pushing or dragging – which one is better to use – however, it all depends on the situation at hand and in your own discretion on what would be better used in a specific situation. Make sure that your angle will not exceed 15 degrees, no matter what the method you use.

Need more welding tips and tricks for spatter problems? Take a look around the website to find some other useful information when it comes to welding. if you have any questions – anything at all – go ahead and leave a comment or send us a message! We’d love to hear from you! 🙂 Hope to see you again soon!