Thick to thin aluminum welding tips with Super Alloy 5 aluminum welding rods
Often we are asked whether or not Super Alloy 5 can join thick pieces of aluminum to thin pieces. Of course!!
In this clip we join a thick, heavy section of aluminum to a thin piece of aluminum tubing using an oxyacetylene torch.
Unlike other aluminum brazing rods, you will notice the Super Alloy 5 flux not only acts as a temperature guide–flowing when the base metal reaches 600°F, but the flux also cleans the area of dirt, paint, grease etc. This unique feature eliminates the need to wire brush, sandblast, or use acids to pre-clean your aluminum.
Technique is important. Aluminum melts at 1220°F and does not change color before it liquefies, so it’s important to focus the torch heat on the thick aluminum piece to avoid overheating the aluminum (and melting it onto the floor.) If you concentrate the heat on the thick aluminum, the thin aluminum will gradually reach working temperature without applying any heat directly to it.
Apply the flux to the joint using the aluminum welding rod, and continue to apply heat to the thick piece of aluminum. It will transform into a liquid when the thick piece has been heated to working temperature. Once the flux has liquefied, apply the rod. If the flux turns black instead of liquefying, simply wash it off with warm water and a wire brush and begin again.
Because the flux follows the heat and the rod follows the flux, welding even hard to reach areas is an easy process.
Continue to alternate applying rod and flux until the joint has been sealed completely, then allow aluminum to cool naturally.
Remove any residual flux as directed above, and you’re done.