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"Hobart MIG Welding Wire - ER5356 Aluminum, .035in., 1-Lb. Spool, Model# H383808-R18"

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"Hobart MIG Welding Wire is a general-purpose type aluminum alloy, which is typically chosen for its relatively high shear strength. Weight lbs. 1, Product Type Welding wire, Wire Size in. 0.035, Compatible With MIG welder, Wire Material Aluminum alloy, Welding Processes General purpose. Offers excellent corrosion resistance when exposed to salt water Used for welding 5000 series aluminum base metals"
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Can I use this wire to weld aluminum without gas?

I have a wire feed welder and I am using gasless flux wire on steel. Can I use aluminum wire the same way or do I need to have gas?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
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No, you need to use a shielding gas when welding aluminum. 100 % argon is most commonly used with aluminum.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
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No, you must have shielding gas to weld aluminum. And it has to be 100% argon - carbon dioxide and trigas are only for welding steel. The thread on a bottle of argon is different than a bottle of carbon dioxide or trigas, but you can you use the same flow/pressure regulator by purchasing an adapter to thread on the bottle of argon. The adapter is a lot cheaper than buying a second flow/pressure regulator.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
 - Quincy, IL
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answer 3
I believe you need argon gas. I don't know of a flux core aluminum wire
answered 10 months ago
 - Nebraska
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