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Old 06-23-2006, 03:21 AM   #16
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wen u sand down the tip of your iron sand it so all the old solder comes off and it looks nice n new and then plug it in and keep the solder on the tip untill it starts to melt and then coat the whole thing quickly,you only get around a few minutes to coat it untill it gets out of the temp range and the tip goes all gold and solder wont stick......
This is the correct way. You need to get the solder on before the iron gets too hot. Flux is there to help you solder, it can't prevent solder from sticking to cells.
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Old 06-24-2006, 07:09 AM   #17
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thanks drew
if i do that will the solder re-stick as i've once sanded down my iron tip and now the solder wont stick on the tip.

also what roughness would you recommend me using for the sandpaper?
Never use sandpaper or any abrasive material to clean a tip. Most iron tips today are a copper core surrounded by iron then plated with nickel or chrome or both. Sanding could destroy or remove one of these layers. The best way to minimize your tip maintenance is to find a good quality solder.
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Never use sandpaper or any abrasive material to clean a tip. Most iron tips today are a copper core surrounded by iron then plated with nickel or chrome or both. Sanding could destroy or remove one of these layers. The best way to minimize your tip maintenance is to find a good quality solder.
Buy a new tip...
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