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rwrogers
11-01-2013, 10:29 AM
I am rebuilding a Quicksilver MX II and would like to know if TIG welding and Powder Coating affect the strenght of the tubing. Are there any required step, preparation or whatever for TIG Welding this tubing or is is a bad idea?

jedi
11-03-2013, 05:30 PM
I am rebuilding a Quicksilver MX II and would like to know if TIG welding and Powder Coating affect the strenght of the tubing. Are there any required step, preparation or whatever for TIG Welding this tubing or is is a bad idea?

Most UL aircraft tubing is 6061 T6. Tig welding will soften the T6 hardness and reduce the yield strength considerably. Not sure if the poweder coating gets hot enough to do the same.