Back to basics: Vehicle protection when welding 

When it comes to replacing panels and other body components, taking the necessary safety precautions and protection is critical. When welding a vehicle, there are a couple basics steps to take to ensure the vehicle is protected. 

For one, be careful of burning painted surfaces, glass, moldings, and the interior. Be sure to remove all moldings in the area to be welded and, if possible, remove all glass. In the instance that you are unable to remove glass, cover it completely with a spark-resistant material. To prevent burn marks or starting a fire cover painted surfaces and exposed interior as well. 

Additionally, before you begin welding, be sure you are not welding near any electrical systems or with the battery connected. Make sure the battery is fully disconnected and all systems are totally shut down before the welding process commences.  

Electric current flowing when welding may cause damage or short-circuit electrical components. Any batteries, modules, sensors, wires, and other electric components within the welding area should be removed as per the OE guidelines and then stowed away from the vehicle. 

Other things to remove include foams, sealers, adhesives, and inserts from within the welding area—your work area should also be a safe space free from any unnecessary clutter. The general rule of thumb is to keep anything out of your way in a 12-foot radius. 

For safe, complete, and quality repairs, always follow vehicle manufacturer standard operating procedures. 

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