Correct mask shade for mig welding?

  1. David Member

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    2
    Bristol
    Hi,

    I've just started to practice using my mig welder with some sccess - the advice found on this web site has really helped - thanks.

    I've had the shade setting on my welding mask set to maximum (13) but have found that this isn't giving me a particularly good view of the weld. I was practicing on some thin guage metal and so was using a low ampage on the welder. In this situation is it safe to lower the shade value or should I leave it on 13?

    Thanks in advance,

    David

    (Will be replacing the bottom six inches of a VW Beetle once the skills are up to scratch!)
     
  2. Hitch

    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    11,998
    Somerset
    Shade 13 is a little dark for light guage metals, maybe lower the shade to about a 10.
    Shade 13 is great for TIG welding Aluminium at about 300 amps! :lol:
     
  3. David Member

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    2
    Bristol
    Thanks

    Thanks for the advice, that should make things a lot easier.

    David
     
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