Cast aluminum weld repairs are difficult. Welding around a bolt hole without damaging the threads is even more difficult. Here’s how to get it done quickly and easily using a simple trick with a stainless steel bolt.
Time needed: 30 minutes.
How to weld a cast aluminum bolt hole without damaging the threads.
- Clean and Degrease the area to be repaired.
Clean area to be repaired with degreaser and wire brush.
- Expose Bright Metal in cast aluminum.
Use a carbide burr tool is to fully expose the bright metal.
- Remove Debris and Final Clean area to be repaired.
Remove debris with compressed air and rinse area with acetone.
- Pre-Heat with Torch
This provides a mild pre-heat and ensures all grease and oils are cooked away.
- Set Stainless Steel Bolt
Thread Stainless Steel bolt into threaded area to be repaired.
- Make the Weld Repair
Execute the repair, fully demonstrated in the video below…
How to weld a cast aluminum bolt hole without damaging the threads demonstrated and clearly explained by The Fabrication Series from start-to-finish…
Knowing this quick Stainless steel bolt trick will probably save you on your next repair job!