Quick tan from weldiing anyone?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Vybe Realty

I just have to laugh at this. NEVER welded before this week. The coverage on T.V. though is excellent. My body man has been helping out on the Impala restoration and watching him I noticed that sometimes he and ON T.V people just close their eyes upon welding contact. You don't want FLASHBURN of the eyes. O.K I understand the concept. However the standard welding helmutis so awkward, and DARK, how are you supposed to see what you are making contact with. Well it has taken a week of practice but I am proud to say YES I CAN WELD. So early this morning I had a patch panel to do before the body man comes over Saturday a.m. No problem. The mask is so dark that I have welded everything BUT my intended task. SO off with the mask. Easy, a tack here, a tack there, pretty soon It's all welded together and pretty tidy as well I might say. Good. All set for Saturday. After getting ready for work and on the road I noticed a slight tinge-ling on my face? Hmmm. Reaction to my better half's soap and luffa? I don't know. It will pass right. Carrying on I stopped by a clients house. (Good Friend too thank goodness)looking in the mirror the HORROR I have a TAN. WHAT?  AHHHHH! So over coffee I nonchalantly asked, is my face red? He said yes, where have you been in the last few days. I said not MEXICO.  Ahhhhhh Haaaaa! I told him what I was doing this morning and well he had a good chuckle. After spending most of the day alternating between a cold facecloth, vitamin E cream and what ever else I could slather on my face, the unpleasant feeling has passed and thankfully my darling wife just said," It's never boring being married to you".

Lesson learned, if your face feels HOT from the welding. STOP. It probably is and PUT ON THE SHEILD!

The adventures of the Realtor and Car Guy.



Comments (6)


Don, Thats a bad thing to have happen......please use your shield it could have been worse...my cousin's husband and I were welding on his car a long long time ago........he kept welding like that(no helmet or gloves) for like 2 hours (Lots of welding need done)...I told him to wear that helmet....long story short my cousin woke me up in the middle of the night (Ron's) face was blistering and he was blind....lasted 2-3 days it could have been worse....so protect your arms and your face and eyes........it saves alot of pain....peace zane

Jan 31, 2009 07:57 AM
Don McNeill
Vybe Realty - Abbotsford, BC

Thanks Zane,  It's funny how quick we learn from our mistakes. Unfortunate that being new to welding I had not heard some of the DO'S and DONT'S. Mabye a little more research is in order for next time............ Cheers,

Jan 31, 2009 10:45 AM
Steve Zarry
House Buying Now - Austin, TX
Austin Central Texas, Real Estate

Always use the correct face, body and eye protection when welding. If you're having problems seeing through the mask, you'll need to change to a lighter lens shade. Depending on what type of welding you're doing, there should be a guide with your welding machine that shows the minimum type of lens shade you need. Avoid "welder's flash" and always use the proper safety equipment...

Feb 09, 2009 11:03 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


You have to be able to see to blog, so get with the protection program!  Welcome to Active Rain!

Mike in Tucson

Feb 16, 2009 02:11 PM
Don McNeill
Vybe Realty - Abbotsford, BC

Thanks Mike, Lesson leaned.

Feb 21, 2009 01:31 AM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

I have burned my arms a couple of times when I just "had one thing to tack" that turned into a couple hours of welding.  And I also know what it is like to have a red hot slag bugger drop into a shoe.  And from that experience, I can say that welding in loose shoes with no socks has advantages.  I had one drop into a boot.  My neighbor would have a viral video if he'd been able capture me rolling around in the yard trying to get the boot off. 

I always use the helmet.  I need an autodarkening one, but getting the flip right will do the trick not being able to see.

Feb 24, 2009 02:32 PM