Aluminum welding is coming along , just need lots of practice now . But SS is still giving me problems . Seems no matter how much or how little surfaceprep I do I still get these really bright yellow/orangish flares . Sanded a piece this am with a flap wheel to knock off any surface contamination , still flares . This is so bright that it blinds me , even with my helmet set on shade 12/13 . I've tried varying my gas flow <now using a gas lens> , tungsten stickout , angle of the torch , nothing seems to work . It also does that a little bit with mild steel , but nothing like with SS . My beads also look black and sometimes a little pinholed . I've gone from a regular collet/cup to a gas lens setup .Tried it with #6 and then #7 cup <on the lens> , and still no joy . This is almost more frustrating than my early attempts on aluminum ! Steel and it's various alloys are supposed to be easier ! -- Snag Color me puzzled .