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How to guide: Cleaning metals for repair part 3 stainless steel repair with Steelaloy

In this 3rd installment of our three part series, How to clean metals, we will discuss the proper way to clean stainless steel before using our product, Steelaloy.  Steelaloy is a stainless steel rod used to repair steel without all the cost normally associated with other forms of repair, such as welding and brazing.

Stainless steel is a happy medium between aluminum and cast iron.  Steel isn’t as porous as cast iron and is less susceptible to corrosion.  However, it is still not as resistant to corrosion as aluminum.  Therefore, thorough cleaning and use of flux is highly recommended.  As with Alumaloy and Castaloy, a clean cloth or rag is the only cleaning tool needed for a neat break. For a rougher break, we recommend using a wire brush or wheel on the rough areas to smooth them out. Any liquid present needs to be wiped away and oil cleansers need to have time to dry completely.   Remember, even though steel is not as porous as cast iron, it can still absorb liquids so you will want to make absolutely sure the area to be mended is dry and free of flammable cleaners used to remove paint or oil. **THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!! Once the area is prepped you may apply the acid we provided with your purchase. You will only need to use a few drops per our instructions. Use of flux is recommended but not required. Like with cast iron, the chances of contamination and oxidation is reduced in your repair when using flux so we always suggest that you take that extra step.

Part 1:  How to guide, cleaning focuses on Alumaloy to repair aluminum.
Part 2:  How to guide, cleaning focuses on Castaloy  to repair cast iron.
Part 3:  How to guide, cleaning focuses on Steelaloy to repair stainless steel.

We hope these cleaning guidelines have been helpful to you in the use of our products. If you have questions or comments please feel free to visit our stainless steel repair forum or post your comments directory to this article.  Feedback always helps us to serve our customers better.

How to guide: Cleaning metals for repair part 2 cast iron repair with Castaloy

In this 2nd installment to the three part series on how to clean metals I will discuss the proper way to clean cast iron before using our product, Castaloy.  Castaloy is a cast iron repair rod used to fix cast iron without all the work and money required by other forms of repair such as brazing, welding or epoxy.

In most cases, cast iron will need a bit more attention than aluminum or steel.  It is very susceptible to corrosion and oxidation so cleaning and using of our flux product is highly recommended.  As with Alumaloy, make sure the area you are working with is thoroughly wiped down and is free of contaminants.  This is of vital importance, as any contamination can cause poor wetting. Remember cast iron is porous and can absorb liquids so you will want to make absolutely sure the area to be mended is dry and free of flammable cleaners used to remove paint or oil.  **THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!! We recommend vigorous scrubbing with a wire brush or wheel.  We provide an acid/cleaner with your purchase of more than 4 rods or you can purchase the acid/cleaner separately.  This substance is to be used last and is the final step in your cleaning preparation.  If you have chosen to go the extra step to help prevent future corrosion and to ensure a stronger bond, this is the time that you would apply a few drops of flux to the area being repaired. As always, flux is suggested but not required.

Part 1:  How to guide, cleaning focuses on Alumaloy to repair aluminum.
Part 2:  How to guide, cleaning focuses on Castaloy  to repair cast iron.
Part 3:  How to guide, cleaning focuses on Steelaloy to repair stainless steel.

We hope these cleaning guidelines have been helpful to you in the use of our products. If you have questions or comments please feel free to visit our cast iron repair forum or post your comments directory to this article.  Feedback always helps us to serve our customers better.

How to guide: Cleaning metals for repair part 1 aluminum repair with Alumaloy

Cleaning before using any of our products is very important.  I plan to do a three part how to guide explaining what is needed to be done for all three of our metal repairing products.  In some cases it may just need to be wiped with a cloth.  However, in most cases, it will require an abrasive or mechanical cleaning. This usually can be accomplished with the use of a wire brush or sandpaper.  Cleaning is very important particularly with How to guide: cleaning metals for repair part 2 cast iron repair with Castaloy and How to guide: cleaning metals for repair part 3 stainless steel repair with Steelaloy because it reduces the chances of future corrosion and helps make a more solid melding.  In this article I would like to talk about Alumaloy, a product used to repair aluminum.  More information can be found here about the physical properties of Alumaloy.

Aluminum is generally one of the easiest metals to work with as it is the easiest to clean. However,  be careful to take all of the precautionary measures to ensure a great outcome.  Areas to be mended will need to be completely free of paint, dirt, oil and other debris before using our aluminum repair rod. Any contamination can cause poor wetting and will eventually weaken the join points.  A smooth break may only need a quick wipe with a clean cloth or rag.  Be sure any liquid is removed in this step.   A small wire brush or sandpaper will usually be enough to remove particles and matter from a rough piece. If your project requires a more aggressive cleaning, you may want to use a wire wheel on a drill. Make sure to wipe it down afterward to remove any loose grit or debris. Also, you will want to keep in mind that it is important to maintain the proper surface roughness as wetting on a rough surface occurs much more readily than on a smooth surface of the same geometry. If there is any oil on the metal, you may need to use a cleanser to remove it.  Be sure the area is completely dry after use or thoroughly wiped down to avoid fumes and fire hazards. Be thorough so that when you begin the repair process, you do not have to stop once the metal has been heated and you have begun your repair.

Part 1:  How to guide, cleaning focuses on Alumaloy to repair aluminum.
Part 2:  How to guide, cleaning focuses on Castaloy  to repair cast iron.
Part 3:  How to guide, cleaning focuses on Steelaloy to repair stainless steel.

We hope these cleaning guidelines have been helpful to you in the use of our products. If you have questions or comments please feel free to visit our aluminum repair forum or post your comments directory to this article.  Feedback always helps us to serve our customers better.

New Millikin housing page added to Qualityhomelocator.com

Quality Home Locator has expanded its Millikin housing this year.  Most of these properties have been filled for this coming 2011/2012 school year but there are still a few spots left. Please contact my office if you are interested. Even if you are not ready for off campus living this year, now is a great time to start planning for 2012/2013 school year.  Today, on the company website, a list of all approved Millikin housing was released.  This chart displays all the properties designated for College off-campus living, the amount of total possible rooms, as well as rooms available for the next 4 school years.  This gives students the ability to start planning for an off-campus living option well in advance and feel comfortable knowing they have a place secured.  I suggest bookmarking the off-campus living availability website so that when we update that page you will be first to know.  We will also announce these updates on the company website located at http://www.qualityhomelocator.com and so signing up for the company’s free newsletter is also a good idea.

Dustin and Devin Clark at MSHSA State Solos/Small Ensemble

This past weekend I visited Mizzou: University of Missouri to watch Dustin Clark and Devin Clark participate in the MSHSAA State Solos/Small Ensemble Festival.  I have been lucky enough to watch these two kids grow into men over the past couple of years. If you spend any time with them at all, it is clear that they have bright futures ahead of them.  I am honored to call them close friends.  In order for someone to get invited to this festival they must perform in front of a judge at the local level and be awarded a 1 out of 5.  Those students with a 1, are then invited to come and perform in front of judges on the State level and then again rated between 1 and 5.  The first performance, a mixed double quartet (MDQ), was scheduled for 8:30am that morning.  The drive is about 2.5 hours so my day started off getting up around 5am.  The mixed double quartet includes Abby Williams, Devin Clark, Dustin Clark, Elisabeth Keller, Kyle Klemp, Laura Brunette, Matt Harvey and Rachel Anna Chopin.  They sang the songs Set Me As A Seal and Ride On King Jesus. As you can tell by the video, they truly are amazing.  They were awarded a state level score of 2.

Link to: MDQ Brunette singing Set Me As A Seal and Ride On King Jesus at the state level. Sang this April 30, 2011 at Missouri State Columbia.

Dustin Clark also made it to state with the solos Sea Fever and Swing Low Sweet Chariot.  He was awarded a perfect state level score of a 1.  Way to go Dustin!

Link to:  Dustin Clark Solo singing Sea Fever and Swing Low Sweet Chariot

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