Welding Curtains & Welding Screens – 3 Easy Options
Welding curtains and/or welding screens are important for helping to protect yourself from arcs.
You know this though, that’s why you’re looking for the best.
Why use a welding curtain or welding screen?
Welding can be hazardous if you don’t take proper precautions — including making sure you have appropriate safety gear and ppe. Generally a portable welding curtain is quite easy to find on the market today. Curtains and screens provide proection, while still offering a viewing window for effective work, and at the same time block out UV beams to keep you safe.
Curtains are generally used in places where the welding job is not separated from open space, and are used to create separation to protect nerves, lungs, etc from things such as poisonous compounds, streaks, and welder’s blaze (aka circular segment eye).
What are welding screens made of?
The most common material we’ve seen used today is called PVC (solid polyvinyl chloride), that essentially is a fire resistant synethtic material.
Important things to consider when shopping for your screen:
- Is it flame resistant?
- Is it resistant to chemicals?
- Does it have a high R-Value?
- Is it strong – high tear and tensile strength?
- Can it withstand high heat?
- Is it resistant to mildew?
- Is it cold resistant?
Which color is best for welding curtains?
There’s actually some reason to choose certain colors, other than picking your favorite.
- Yellow – useful in low to medium amperage jobs. It helps make the work zone stand out, and creates visibility
- Orange and/or Red – these colors reflect light and as useful in medium amperage job environments
- Blue – typically used in median to high protection situations, since these tend to have stronger shading