How To MIG Weld, plus Tips and Tricks

How to MIG Weld

Now that you've purchased a MIG welder, we'd like to give you some tips so you're laying beautiful beads on your first project. This video will walk you through the basic steps while showing you some tricks so you can weld with confidence from the start.

To begin welding, make sure you have all of the proper safety gear like a welding helmet, jacket and gloves as well as a cart to secure your welder and gas bottle, which must be secured in a cart. And don't forget a heavy duty welder extension cord if you don't have an outlet near your project. Copper backers and spoons are perfect if you're doing sheet metal work because they'll help prevent blow-through, which can be tough to avoid if you're just starting. Stitch weld magnets are awesome for holding sheet metal patches in place and a welding table is a great place to work on small projects. And don't forget a consumables kit and extra spools of welding wire - nothing is worse than being in the middle of a project and running out of wire!

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  • Eastwood XL View Auto Darkening Welding Helmet - XL9300

    Eastwood XL View Auto Darkening Welding Helmet - XL9300

    Extra-Large View True Color Technology One of the best helmets on the market for the price.
    $120.99
    Extra-Large View True Color Technology One of the best helmets on the market for the price.
    $120.99
  • Eastwood Large View Auto Darkening Welding Helmet - L6700

    Eastwood Large View Auto Darkening Welding Helmet - L6700

    Large View True Color Technology One of the best helmets on the market for the price.
    $77.99
    Large View True Color Technology One of the best helmets on the market for the price.
    $77.99
  • Rockwood Auto Darkening Welding Helmet

    Rockwood Auto Darkening Welding Helmet

    Provides all the protection you need at a great price

    Special Price $29.97

    Regular Price: $39.99

    Save: $10.02

    Provides all the protection you need at a great price

    Special Price $29.97

    Regular Price: $39.99

    Save: $10.02

  • Eastwood MIG Welder Welding Cart

    Eastwood MIG Welder Welding Cart

    Transport a MIG welder or Plasma 40, gas bottle, accessories
    $69.99
    Transport a MIG welder or Plasma 40, gas bottle, accessories
    $69.99
  • Eastwood MIG TIG Plasma Welding Cart

    Eastwood MIG TIG Plasma Welding Cart

    Put your welder on top, plasma cutter on the bottom, tools in the middle
    $113.99
    Put your welder on top, plasma cutter on the bottom, tools in the middle
    $113.99
  • Professional Welding Cart

    Eastwood Professional Welding Cart

    Holds 2 welders and gas bottles, plus consumables for easy movement around the shop
    $199.99
    Holds 2 welders and gas bottles, plus consumables for easy movement around the shop
    $199.99
  • eastwood toollbox welding cart

    Eastwood Toolbox Welding Cart

    The Eastwood Toolbox Welding Cart is the perfect addition to your shop to keep all of your welding supplies in one place.
    $229.99
    The Eastwood Toolbox Welding Cart is the perfect addition to your shop to keep all of your welding supplies in one place.
    $229.99
  • Eastwood MIG Welder Consumables Kit

    Eastwood MIG Welder Consumables Kit

    Kit includes 2 gas nozzles and 20 contact tips
    $34.99
    Kit includes 2 gas nozzles and 20 contact tips
    $34.99
  • Eastwood MIG Wire

    Eastwood Solid Mig Wire 0.030in - 2lb - 4" Spool

    High Quality Solid Mig Wire Perfect for your Eastwood Welder .030in x 2lb x 4"
    $11.99
    High Quality Solid Mig Wire Perfect for your Eastwood Welder .030in x 2lb x 4"
    $11.99
  • MIG Welding Wire

    Eastwood Solid Mig Wire 0.023in - 2lb - 4" Spool

    High Quality Solid Mig Wire Perfect for your Eastwood Welder .023in x 2lb x 4"
    $11.99
    High Quality Solid Mig Wire Perfect for your Eastwood Welder .023in x 2lb x 4"
    $11.99
  • Eastwood 25 Ft Welder Extension Cord

    Eastwood 25 Ft Heavy Duty Welder Extension Cord

    Perfect 220V welding extension cord that meets all industry and customer standards.
    $124.99
    Perfect 220V welding extension cord that meets all industry and customer standards.
    $124.99
  • Eastwood Adjustable Steel Welding Table

    Eastwood Adjustable Steel Welding Table

    Completely portable folding welding table with an adjustable angle top
    $94.99
    Completely portable folding welding table with an adjustable angle top
    $94.99
  • Eastwood MIG Wire

    Eastwood Solid Mig Wire 0.030in - 11lb - 8" Spool

    High Quality Solid Mig Wire Perfect for your Eastwood Welder .030in x 11lb x 8"
    $29.99
    High Quality Solid Mig Wire Perfect for your Eastwood Welder .030in x 11lb x 8"
    $29.99
  • Eastwood's Welding Jackets

    Eastwood Welding Jackets

    100% cotton jacket is flame-resistant, anti-static, and mildew-resistant

    Starting at: $39.99

    100% cotton jacket is flame-resistant, anti-static, and mildew-resistant

    Starting at: $39.99

  • Fiberglass Welding Blanket 4ft X 5ft

    Fiberglass Welding Blanket 4ft X 5ft

    Stops most hot spatter from burning nearby materials during welding
    $54.99
    Stops most hot spatter from burning nearby materials during welding
    $54.99
  • eastwood low profile welding cart

    Eastwood Low Profile Welding Cart

    Low Profile Welding Cart is perfect for tight garages. Even fits under a workbench with a 60CF Bottle attached.
    $79.99
    Low Profile Welding Cart is perfect for tight garages. Even fits under a workbench with a 60CF Bottle attached.
    $79.99
  • Eastwood Welding Cart with Drawers

    Eastwood Welding Cart with Drawers

    Keep all your welding accessories and consumables organized

    Starting at: $190.98

    Keep all your welding accessories and consumables organized

    Starting at: $190.98

  • Eastwood MIG 250 Consumable Kit

    Eastwood Multi-Process Welder Consumable Kit

    5 different tip sizes, 2 nozzles, 2 insulators and 2 tip holders.
    $31.99
    5 different tip sizes, 2 nozzles, 2 insulators and 2 tip holders.
    $31.99
  • Eastwood MP140i Welder Consumable Kit

    Eastwood MP140i Welder Consumable Kit

    Complete consumable kit For Eastwood Elite MP 140i
    $34.99
    Complete consumable kit For Eastwood Elite MP 140i
    $34.99
  • Tillman 48 Goatskin MIG Welding

    Tillman 48 Goatskin MIG Welding Gloves

    Premium top Grain Goatskin MIG Welding Gloves

    Starting at: $14.99

    Premium top Grain Goatskin MIG Welding Gloves

    Starting at: $14.99

  • Eastwood 40 Ft Welder Extension Cord

    Eastwood 40 Ft Welder Extension Cord

    Eastwood 220V 40 Ft Welder Extension Cord
    $199.99
    Eastwood 220V 40 Ft Welder Extension Cord
    $199.99
  • Eastwood MIG 135 and 175 Welder Cover

    Eastwood MIG 135 and 175 Welder Cover

    Great for storing your MIG welder for any period of time.
    $19.99
    Great for storing your MIG welder for any period of time.
    $19.99
  • Mig Welders Pliers

    Eastwood Mig Welders Pliers

    Designed to help you through specialized MIG welding tasks
    $15.99
    Designed to help you through specialized MIG welding tasks
    $15.99
  • Certiflat FabTurn DIY Welding Positioner Kit

    Certiflat DIY Weld Positioner Kit

    DIY Welding Positioner Kit
    $289.99
    DIY Welding Positioner Kit
    $289.99
  • Aervoe 887 Welding Anti-Spatter

    Aervoe 887 Welding Anti Spatter Spray

    Prevents spatter from adhering to surrounding metal surfaces
    $8.99
    Prevents spatter from adhering to surrounding metal surfaces
    $8.99
  • Eastwood Mig Stud Welding Kit

    Eastwood MIG Stud Welding Kit

    The Eastwood MIG Stud Welding Kit transforms your MIG welder into a Stud Welder

    Special Price $89.97

    Regular Price: $113.99

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    The Eastwood MIG Stud Welding Kit transforms your MIG welder into a Stud Welder

    Special Price $89.97

    Regular Price: $113.99

    Save: $24.02

  • Eastwood Stitch Weld Magnets

    Eastwood Stitch Weld Magnets

    Super strong magnets hold patch panels in place, perfect for blind repairs
    $23.99
    Super strong magnets hold patch panels in place, perfect for blind repairs
    $23.99
  • 4 and 8 in magnetic Copper Butt-Weld Backer set

    Eastwood 4 and 8 in Magnetic Copper Butt-Weld Backer Set

    Hands-free support when doing butt-welding or welding holes
    $49.99
    Hands-free support when doing butt-welding or welding holes
    $49.99
  • Welders Helper 3X3 Set Flat/Curve/AngleCop Plates

    Welders Helper 3X3 Set Flat/Curve/AngleCop Plates

    Copper "spoons" plug holes as they support welding in tight spots
    $59.99
    Copper "spoons" plug holes as they support welding in tight spots
    $59.99
  • Magnetic Plug Welding Tool Horizontal

    Magnetic Plug Welding Tool Horizontal

    Create flush and full penetration butt welds without fear of burn-thru
    $46.99
    Create flush and full penetration butt welds without fear of burn-thru
    $46.99
  • Pinch Weld Clamps

    Pinch Weld Clamps

    Hold pieces tightly together for pinch welds, flange welds, and more
    $32.99
    Hold pieces tightly together for pinch welds, flange welds, and more
    $32.99
  • Plugweld Pliers

    Plugweld Pliers

    Makes it easy to use your MIG welder to plug small holes in metal
    $39.99
    Makes it easy to use your MIG welder to plug small holes in metal
    $39.99
  • Eastwood MIG Spot Weld Kit

    Eastwood MIG Spot Weld Kit

    Now spot-weld with your Eastwood welder or Tweco®-style MIG torch
    $36.99
    Now spot-weld with your Eastwood welder or Tweco®-style MIG torch
    $36.99
  • Welding Magnet

    Arrow Welding Magnet Fabrication Holder

    Available in 25, 50, 75 and 100lb Capacities

    Starting at: $8.99

    Available in 25, 50, 75 and 100lb Capacities

    Starting at: $8.99

  • Eastwood Welding Helmet Bag

    Eastwood Welding Helmet Bag

    Store your helmet here to protect it from dirt, scratches, damage
    $7.99
    Store your helmet here to protect it from dirt, scratches, damage
    $7.99
  • Eastwood Self Etching Weld thru Primer

    Eastwood Self Etching Weld thru Primer

    Combines benefits of a weld-thru and traditional self-etch primer

    Special Price $13.97

    Regular Price: $15.99

    Save: $2.02

    Combines benefits of a weld-thru and traditional self-etch primer

    Special Price $13.97

    Regular Price: $15.99

    Save: $2.02

  • Eastwood Welding Flow Meter

    Eastwood Welding Flow Meter

    Eastwood Welding Flow Meter
    $69.99
    Eastwood Welding Flow Meter
    $69.99
  • Flux Core Wire

    Eastwood Flux Core Wire 0.035in - 2lb - 4" Spool

    High Quality Flux Core Wire Perfect for your Eastwood Welder .035in x 2lb x 4"
    $14.99
    High Quality Flux Core Wire Perfect for your Eastwood Welder .035in x 2lb x 4"
    $14.99
  • MIG Welding Wire

    Eastwood Flux Core Wire 0.030in - 2lb - 4" Spool

    High Quality Flux Core Wire Perfect for your Eastwood Welder .030in x 2lb x 4"
    $14.99
    High Quality Flux Core Wire Perfect for your Eastwood Welder .030in x 2lb x 4"
    $14.99
  • Eastwood MIG Wire

    Eastwood Solid Mig Wire 0.035in - 11lb - 8" Spool

    High Quality Solid Mig Wire Perfect for your Eastwood Welder .035in x 11lb x 8"
    $29.99
    High Quality Solid Mig Wire Perfect for your Eastwood Welder .035in x 11lb x 8"
    $29.99

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