You guys have got to be KIDDING
me...critisizing this person's welding and fab skills?
I've never in my years around the 4x4 sport see a weld hang on to a rock..welds are in a ROUND formation,it just slides right over the rock.
Amatuers..hobbyists and pro's ALL
grind welds for several different reasons.
If a weld is 100% penetration through the thickness of the base metal,then grinding it down for appearance reasons is perfectly NORMAL and the welded area is still STRONGER then the base metal itself.
Even in structural fabrication there is reasons for grinding a welded surface down after welding...
#1 Tight clearance issues where the part will be placed
#2 for what is called in here"art work"..but really just make it look better and not a "frankenstein" peice.
#3 Holes needing filled ...or fabrication marks/scars where something was tacked onto it for fabrication..etc.
Those are just a few GOOD reasons for "professional" fabricators/welders to grind welds.
I think this guy's skid plate looks GREAT with the welds left untouched,it shows some craftsmanship and shows it's not just another store bought item.
And those "shadows' from the welds?...lol..it just means he got a good "crown" on his welds..which is EXACTLY what is required on a good weld..a nice round shaped,no undercut,no overfill weld.
If there was no shadow?..it would be too flat..concave or undercut.....all 3 being weaker welds.
Even the best smoothest welds,black paint will show ALL wrinkles in a weld pass,which is pretty much a RARE thing unless a robotic machine ran it or someone "doctored"it up before painting.
Since i ground the ends of my tubular bumpers and outside welds on them..i geuss in some opinions in here..My welding SUCKS because i decided to grind some of them for looks......
Get a GRIP
,some just LOOK for something negative to say about a person's nice welds or fabrication skills in here ..too much of it going in here anymore......
Whether a person grinds a weld out for looks..or keeps the weld there ..is a personal preference
All E7018 3/32" stick ,all beveled and 1/16th gap 100 % pen..outside ground smooth,inside welds left,just showing off my "beginners welds" because i ground them
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