Three Products You Can Use to Battle Aggravating Welding Challenges

    January 7, 2016

Spatter is one of those words that sounds harmless enough. Spatter: Spray, sprinkle, speck, splash, shower, splotch. A spatter doesn’t carry the powerful connotation of a flood or a gush. But when you’re talking about droplets of molten material landing on a metal surface, spatter can be a costly nuisance.

Welders know that spatter matters.  And we know it, too. Spatter can be removed, but that comes at a cost…your time, and that means dollars to your organization. Our solution: Prevention. Anti-spatter for equipment and parts coating can provide you with the means to guard against the downtime, lost productivity and higher costs associated with spatter. We also have an easy solution to prevent leaks and seepage in welds with porosities, improving the reliability of welds that are required to seal fluids. 

3 key actions to increase efficiency and improve weld reliability 

  1. Protect your welding equipment

  2. Safeguard your parts and work surface from spatter

  3. Seal porosities in your welds to help prevent leaks and seepage

A first-hand glimpse of welding challenges

My father owned two 1930s Model As – a pickup and a coupe – and was never without a project on our small, self-sufficient hobby farm. If you wanted to spend time with him, you had to hand him tools or materials as he was working on the house, cars or farm. A self-proclaimed “terrible welder,” my Dad was determined that one of his children would learn to weld to help him out. As the youngest of five, and his last chance to get a welder in the family, I signed up for a high school welding class and enjoyed it enough that I ended up taking several advanced metals classes before I graduated. What began with welding projects on my parents’ six-acre farm, is now a skill that has been useful on my own small, family farm.

While I don’t weld a lot, even as a weekend welder I have experienced the challenges and frustrations that stem from weld spatter on my workbench and parts. Although the parts I’m welding are usually a small repair, I still want my welds and repairs to look clean and neat, just like the professionals strive for. Since trying LOCTITE® SF 7909™, I know I won’t need to break out the wire wheel to clean up my projects. Now I can just wipe spatter off with a rag, which saves me a lot of time.  

The welding projects I work on at home aren’t critical like the pros who, for example, might install a sprinkler system in an 80,000 sq. ft. facility. However, I did have a pinhole leak in my home plumbing system that caused a lot of damage and was a major headache to clean up, so I can imagine just how important each of those welds in that sprinkler system are. Porosities happen even to the best welders, so I know it’s important to professionals to do all they can to help prevent each of those welds from leaking.   

Your time, money and equipment at risk

Whether you work in a fabrication shop, mine, mill, rail yard or any other industrial workplace, spatter and porosities can cost you time and money. Spatter buildup on your equipment forces downtime and increases consumables, and grinding parts post-assembly to remove spatter takes time. Costs can be decreased, time saved and efficiencies gained if you proactively prevent spatter from adhering to parts and equipment.

Porosities in welds are opportunities for leaks to occur. A leak in a welded joint of a sprinkler system, for example, can damage ceilings, floors and personal property. Wouldn’t it be comforting to know that each of your welds is sealed from leaks down the road? Brushing on some LOCTITE® 290™ is an easy way to help seal leaks you can’t even see yet.

5 benefits of preventing spatter buildup and sealing porosities 

Applying anti-spatter coatings before welding, and filling and sealing porosities can go a long way toward preventing problems. With prevention, comes rewards:

  • Increased equipment reliability

  • Reduced downtime

  • Increased productivity

  • Extended equipment life

  • Lower costs

We offer three innovative products to fight spatter and seal porosities

LOCTITE® SF 7900™ – An innovative ceramic protective coating for welding equipment.

  • Dry film effectively protects welding equipment against metal spatter – up to 8 hours, without the need for reapplication

  • Increases productivity

  • Reduces running costs for consumables

  • Reduces equipment cleaning costs

LOCTITE® SF 7909™ – A new water-based, synthetic, anti-weld spatter. Spray onto parts or work surface prior to welding to reduce the deposit of weld spatter on unpainted metal.

  • Temporary coating to protect parts being welded from weld spatter

  • Will not affect weld reliability

  • Less grinding of parts post-weld assembly; saves time and money

  • Rinses off with water or alkaline cleaner

LOCTITE® 290™ – After welding, this medium strength wicking threadlocker is ideal to fill porosities in welds, castings and powdered metal parts.

  • Proactively seals microscopic or pin hole porosities from seepage or leaks
  • Reduces time and costs, no need to grind out and re-weld

Before tackling any welding project, make sure you have ALL the right tools on hand to ensure neat and clean-looking welds, and to save time and money, too.

Over to You

What are your biggest welding struggles? Let us know in the comments, or connect with us on Twitter (@Loctite_NA)!

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About the Author, Karen Verosky

Karen Verosky is a MRO Market Development Manager at Henkel. In her 18 years with Henkel, she has been focused on delivering Loctite brand solutions to maintenance challenges in virtually every industry. Currently, Karen is focused on building targeted industry programs as well as overseeing North American product launches for the general MRO market. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University.

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2 responses to “Three Products You Can Use to Battle Aggravating Welding Challenges”

  1. Randolph Durham says:

    What types of Solvent and Fuels can Loctite 290 seal against? I weld tanks for diesel, gasoline, acetone and other strong fuels and solvents. It would be great to brush this product on these welds in advance of finishing coating these vessels for use.
    Randy Durham
    Industrial Fabrication and Repair

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