When I last welded the gear stick back together after breaking it a year or more ago I did an okay job. I had been thinking that it could do with improving a little as it was narrow and far from an even diameter where the weld was, weld was burned in a bit deep. So this time I returned to it and added some decent beads of weld over it ground it back. This picture was taken after I had removed my welding mask from my head and returned to the work and realised how cool it looked glowing red hot, so by this time it had cooled a lot. I did give a quick coat of clear lacquer, but I did this too soon while the metal was still hot and I think that made the lacquer go milky. At least it’ll stop it from rusting.