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Marking steel for welding

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Stan in Oly, WA

05-25-2014 21:10:29
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I know it's been asked before, but since I don't remember what was said it's the same as a new question for me. What makes clear and highly visible marks on steel for stick and MIG welding, and for torch cutting? I generally use soapstone because I've got a lot of it and it's dependable, and it can be sharpened to a fine line. It leaves a lot to be desired, though. I tried a silver Sharpie, but I was totally disappointed. I must have bought the wrong thing because I remember seeing something similar to that which seemed quite effective. What I got was considerably less visible than soapstone.

Stan

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Stick welding

05-28-2014 20:04:28
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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
Are you thinking of Silver Streak? It's made for marking metal, is thin and doesn't have to be sharpened. I like soapstone but find if a make a line and then run the torch over it first, it stays on the plate better. Just today I saw some silver art pencils on the counter at work the sales manager apparently bought at a welding show.



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Ellis Kinney

05-27-2014 08:15:19
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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
If the appearance of the weld is critical and I don't want my weld to wander a little bit I usually clamp a straight piece of steel beside the weld. Also, sometimes I put a soap line on both sides of the weld. Ellis



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Butch(OH)

05-27-2014 05:24:45
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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
Being as I am suffering the failing eyesight deal myself I have a drawer full of markers and pencils but never found anything better than soapstone for cutting. To make it more visible you must take the time to grind the area you intend to mark, the coarser the wheel the better. This helps a lot but it doesn't replace being able to see. We use the cold saws a LOT now both hand held and miter box type. When we have straight cuts that must be torched we have succumbed to straight edges clamped to the work. I am likely missing something here but why do you need marks for welding?

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chrisinsoky

05-27-2014 04:43:57
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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
I use a scribe, i really sharp pencil lookin thing, that actually scratches the steel and makes a bright mark easy to see



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Dr. Walt

05-27-2014 04:26:43
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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
"Thin Line Marker" - SILVER: Forney Part #70796 , & RED: Forney Part #70797 . Made by Forney Industries, Inc. and available at welding supply shops . There is also a product called "White Writer" (white grease pencil) that looks like a large White magic marker. Another thing that I have found that works good is a YELLOW Tire Crayon, available at just about any tire store or repair shop.

Doc



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Jason the Red

05-26-2014 19:13:28
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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
Valve action paint marker or soapstone.



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Dick L

05-26-2014 13:51:37
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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
I clamp on pieces of bar stock or other pieces of what is laying around and or use magnets. I have not been able to see a scribe line or pencil line thru a hood for several years.

Like this!

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greygoat

05-26-2014 09:21:02
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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
I use a "SILVER PENCIL", available at Office
Depot, or, Office Max !



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dr sportster

05-26-2014 09:15:46
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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
A Seabee taught me the line of punch marks method for curves and such. Now if it is a long piece of steel and the width is short ,I clamp a vise gip on my pencil line and then cut in a little bit with a hacksaw. For circles I score the steel with a hole saw. The more I weld and cut the more I can't see what I am doing lately.



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roy suomi

05-26-2014 07:18:37
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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
In my "failing years" , I use a silver pencil and after I'm happy with those results, I use a center punch on the lines so I can better see the line with cutting glasses on.. Those little "dots" are a lifesaver.. Works every time....



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pete hall

05-26-2014 06:26:10
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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
I use a white out pen.I peronally use the Presto jumbo correction pen witch can be found at office supply store.
You have to be carefull and don't press to hard or you can destroy the little metal ball in the tip.
very handy for cutting,welding,plasma and even marking parts.



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farmer boy

05-26-2014 06:02:06
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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
I use either soap stone or a silver sharpie. The sharpie is good for a while, but when it dries out, the line can get hard to see. Neither one is overly accurate though. Best to use a scribe and mark dashes over it with a soap stone or sharpie.



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Pitalplace

05-26-2014 05:53:30
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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
Silver art pencil, sold where any art supplies are sold and cheap.



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mjsnodgrass

05-25-2014 23:27:08
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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
I was with a friend tonight and mentioned that I'd told someone about blueprint pencils. he looked at me like I was nuts. that was a shop term we used. you'd probably never find them with a description like that. they are known as grey welders pencils.



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Billy NY

05-25-2014 21:27:06
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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
Metal tip/valve paint stick ? Not sure if thats rough with mill scale on steel, but in yellow its pretty visible, takes a little finesse to use these neatly, no runs, crisp definitive lines, basically a parts marker, probably n/g on hot steel, I used soapstone, having a few boxes of it.

I've seen a white marker of sorts, looks like soapstone, but a cleaner line, no small voids in the mark it leaves, solid white, not sure what that is.

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JBDyer

05-25-2014 21:14:35
75.104.203.69



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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
I use a silver pencil, can be sharpened to a point, my local hardware carries them, bout $2 a piece. Johnny



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mjsnodgrass

05-25-2014 21:14:31
199.15.221.57



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 Re: Marking steel for welding in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 05-25-2014 21:10:29  
try a blueprint pencil. works better on warm steel. expensive at welding stores, but office stores have them.



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