How to Remove Welding Splatter from Your Table
Imagine you’re about to weld plastic, cast iron, or aluminum. Then you look at your table, only to find out that welding splatters are all over it before you even begin! Disturbing, isn’t? In the world of welding, they’re inescapable. But don’t worry, welding splatters can be removed and you can have your tidy welding surface back again!
In this article, we’ll present to you the different ways you can remove welding splatters. Then again, prevention is better than cure so next time you weld, remember to use Anti-Splatter before you start. If you’ve tried your best but they’re really too clingy, then you need these tactics.
Method #1: Using The Magic of a Flap Disc
If the weld splatter is just small or medium-sized, a flap disc can take care of it in no time. This can be used on huge tables too.
All you have to do is wear the proper attire (with glasses, gloves, and hearing protection), fasten the magical flap disc to your angle grinder, and use the grinder to gently glide the surface.
Be sure the angle grinder will keep moving and never dig deep.
Don’t worry, you’ll get used to the right amount of pressure needed if you remove splatters often. Just try not to ruin your table!
Method #2: The Chisel Routine for the Win
This is also a great way to remove small welding splatters from your table. It’s also the simplest way. But if you’re going to clean a lot of tables, using this method will take longer than expected. Still, it’s an effective way if you execute it properly.
Before anything else, make sure you’re wearing safety glasses.
Now for the execution, first you put the chisel point at the edge of the welding splatter; note that it should be at around a 35° angle to stop it from digging deep into the table.
When your chisel is already in place, you’ll have to tap its end using a hammer. You don’t have to exert tremendous force. If you haven’t done this before, it’s safe to start with a light tap then gradually increase the force you put in the chisel until the splatter is removed.
Method #3: Using the Grinding Wheel
Okay, let’s say you were MIG welding then you laid a bead on your welding table accidentally. What should you do? The first two methods won’t be effective for this case, so you’ll need a grinding wheel for this.
Remember to wear the proper attire for the job.
Now attach the grinding wheel to the angle grinder and lightly skim the area with the splatter. Similar to the Flap Disc method, you have to keep the grinder moving. Once the bead’s size decreases to a medium-sized splatter, remove the grinding wheel from the angle grinder and replace it with a flap disc. Then just perform the first method again.
The work isn’t over! Remember to clean up. Sweep the debris on top, around, and under your welding tables and put your tools where they belong.