GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) or TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding, was known for years by many enthusiasts simply as heliarc welding; a process that often involved very expensive equipment and gases. The cost of equipment has come down dramatically over the years and is now within reach for most auto restoration hobbyists.
Like many welding processes, it takes some time, training and practice to perfect, however the advantages TIG offers outweigh the investment you’ll make. Splatter free welds, precise control of the weld area, and the ability to quickly change between welding aluminum, steel and stainless steel, are just some of the advantages you’ll discover.
But before getting started TIG welding, professional hot rod metal fabricator and welder, Gary Simpson, shows us some important key safety information, to ensure our time in the shop is safe and enjoyable. Welding helmets, Gloves, eye protection, ear protection and respirators are just a few of the important safety equipment items you need to know about, not to mention, cleaning solvents, work area and electrical shock hazards.
Learning the safe way to do anything in the shop, should always be a top priority, rather than trying to discover a safe way to do things after an accident has occurred.