You've probably heard the phrase, not all products are alike. So is the case with Muggy Weld. Back in 1988 we were trying to join thin 1930 vintage aluminum on an important body panel, all methods available at the time were failing due to the age of the aluminum. After months of research, Muggy Weld was finally consulted and their Super Alloy 5 was used to solve the problem (unfortunately we are unable to provide photos).
Muggy Weld came to the rescue again when we used their welding rods when welding cast iron. See Welding Cast Iron: Repairing a Brittle Metal
More recently, we needed to complete a silver solder task and again Muggy Weld products were called on. Second Chance Garage contributor Chris Wantuck interviewed Mike Muggy at Muggy Weld, hoping to add insight into some welding options for our readers:
Chris: How did Muggy Weld get started? When was it started and where is it located?
Mike: Muggy Weld began in 1988 after researching various products on the market. It began with selling our Super Alloy line. At the time, it was sold mainly through direct sales to industry professionals and trade shows, and our products were not available to the general public. In 1997, I rebranded our products and launched our first website, Muggyweld.com. We are currently located in Olympia, WA.
Chris: What products does Muggy Weld offer?
Mike: Muggy Weld offers seven different welding products to aid the welder with a wide variety of welding problems: 1. Super Alloy 1 (Low Temperature Solder) 2. Super Alloy 5 (Aluminum Rod) 3. SSF-6 Silver Solder 4. SSQ-6 Silver Solder Paste 5. Cool Blue Heat Paste 6. 77 Cast Iron Electrode (high carbon cast iron) 7. 72 Cast Iron Electrode (machinable cast iron)
Chris: What makes your welding products different from other products?
Mike: Let me go over our products to give you an idea of what their purposes are.
Super Alloy 1 is a Solder with a melting point of 350 degrees F. It works on pot metal at half the temperature of the melting point of pot metal and is a few thousand PSI stronger, meaning you can join two broken pieces with decent strength. It also can join ferrous to non-ferrous metals. We have customers Frenching pot metal taillights into steel panels. Super Alloy 1 will work with any torch or heat source used for soldering. The product solders to all white metals including pot metal, zinc die cast, aluminum, galvanized metal, zinc coated metal, and pewter as well as copper, brass, bronze, steel and stainless in any combination.
Super Alloy 5 can braze or solder through most contaminates found under the hood. The flux washes away grease and oil while brazing. I've taken old A/C condensers that have never been cleaned, poked a hole in them and made repairs in less than a minute during demonstrations in shops across the country. The Super Alloy 5 works on all grades of aluminum as long the aluminum content is at least 50%. When working on cast aluminum an oxyacetylene torch is needed, particularly when working on large or thick aluminum jobs due to the heat dispersion of aluminum.
SSF-6 Silver Solder is our highest reordered rod. This rod makes the beginner look like a Pro. Its flux is one of a kind. The 56% solder brazes stainless, copper, steel, chrome molly, cast iron, cast steel, bronze, brass, German silver, copper-nickel and even burnt stainless steel in any combination. We get a lot of calls for joining copper to stainless in various industries and this rod will make easy work of this kind of work, while providing a pharmaceutical, medical and food grade joint.
Our SSQ-6 Silver Solder Paste comes in a 1 ounce syringe and is usually applied before the parent metal is heated. The SSQ-6 is rated at 80,000 PSI and is fantastic for male-female work or when sandwiching two metals together. It's also great when working on small to very small applications where only a dot of material is needed. For ease of use, the "rod" is in powder form premixed with a flux. The SSQ-6 works on all the same metals and alloys the SSF-6 does. It has a shelf life of up to 9 months when kept refrigerated.