Use of wire brushes in stainless steel welding
It is a well-known fact that proper cleaning of work pieces prior and after the welding process is essential for getting welds with good appearance and mechanical properties. In many applications manual cleaning with a stainless steel wire brush can be the best method.
The finished welds and surrounding parent material may be contaminated by weld spatter and oxide films. In certain applications it may be also necessary to clean the weld material and to polish the weld area. Again mechanical brushing with a stainless steel brush is an excellent option.
Stainless steel wire brushes (especially 316 grade) are much less likely to produce sparks than the standard grinding methods. This reduces the risk of injury or fire.
Due to the risk of contamination always store the brushes and other tools used for stainless steel applications separately. Also avoid using them in ferrous applications.
All Dixbro wire brushes are made with 316 stainless steel and they have usually green colour, however always check before using them.
Dixbro has been a leading brand of industrial wire brushes in New Zealand and Australia for over 50 years. Your engineering supplier will be happy to discuss your needs with you.