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Unread 11-17-2008, 10:01 AM   #1
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1/4" plate vs 1/4" flat bar?

Is there any difference between 1/4" plate and 1/4" flat bar? I'm pricing some material for my XJ (bumper brackets, winch plate, etc.) and the guy at the metal store said I'd be better off getting the flat bar. It's definitely a cheaper route and it comes in width's from 2" to 12" so I could get what I need - I'm just curious if it's any different than plate?

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No, there is no difference. Flat bar is what I used to build my rear bumper since it came in the widths I needed and I only had to make the vertical length cuts that I needed.
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No, there is no difference. Flat bar is what I used to build my rear bumper since it came in the widths I needed and I only had to make the vertical length cuts that I needed.
Awesome thanks and that's what I was thinking about - only having to make one cut!
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Only downside to using flat bar instead of plate would be the "mill scale" on the HR flat bar.. easy enough to clean off though.
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Only downside to using flat bar instead of plate would be the "mill scale" on the HR flat bar.. easy enough to clean off though.
Ah - that's what that is. I wasn't sure if it was different material because of that. I've got some 2" flat bar sitting in my garage and I knew it was different than plate - now I know why.

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To be extremely honest right now. All Flat/Plate 1/4" Mild Steel comes with millscale. I am currently a Welder in a shop and the only way it comes off is with a grinder unless! you get cold rolled which is little spendy
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To be extremely honest right now. All Flat/Plate 1/4" Mild Steel comes with millscale. I am currently a Welder in a shop and the only way it comes off is with a grinder unless! you get cold rolled which is little spendy
True, but the millscale on flat bar seems to be thicker for some reason.. it flakes all over when you form it.
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That is also true. It does tend to flake when you heat, bend, or roll it. But in reality it doesnt hurt much. Just grind her down with a soft pad 40/60 grit works great and then paint her up.
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If I'm working with small pieces of hot rolled stuff, I toss it in a bucket with a Muriatic Acid/Water mixture for an hour or two. Pull the pieces out, rinse them off and most of the mill scale will wipe right off.
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That also would be great. A little time consuming i would have to say.
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