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2004\01\12@201118 by John J. McDonough

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When you first get it hot, coat the tip with solder.

Then - wipe the tip off on a damp sponge every few joints.

72/73 de WB8RCR    http://www.qsl.net/wb8rcr
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2004\01\12@222444 by Greg Peyton

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Kevin,
John is correct, the buildup is oxidation and corrosion. Unchecked, the skin
covering the solder iron tip will eventually be eaten away, exposing the
core. The core is impossible to solder with. This problem is kept to a
mininum by cleaning, then wetting the tip occasionally with a small amount
of solder. You don't need to be constantly re-tinning, just often enough to
keep the oxidation down. I always give the iron a few cleaning swipes prior
to doing the actual solder work. A clean shiny tip is what you need for
effective solder work. You'll get the hang of it after a while.
I tin occasionally while using the iron. I also tin liberally just before
allowing the iron to cool. It will be last much longer and work much better.
Also, I find the wire pads work better than wet sponges for tip cleaning.
They remove oxidation and crud very well. You want to expose the tip, which
can then be tinned more effectively. I don't know anyone else who sells
these besides Hakko. Look for it on their website http://www.hakkousa.com. It is
the model 599 tip cleaner. Seems like a lot of money but it really has
reduced my aggravation.
I've had a few occasions where I absolutely needed to solder only to find
the nearest iron had a crudded, corroded tip. You can take a sharp object to
the tip skin sometimes to get a barely working surface. Just don't expect it
to live long with that kind of rough treatment.
Hope this helps.
-Greg

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2004\01\12@223314 by Josh Koffman

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I believe Edsyn also makes a metal tip cleaner.

Hope that helps.

Josh
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Greg Peyton wrote:
> Also, I find the wire pads work better than wet sponges for tip cleaning.
> They remove oxidation and crud very well. You want to expose the tip, which
> can then be tinned more effectively. I don't know anyone else who sells
> these besides Hakko. Look for it on their website http://www.hakkousa.com. It is
> the model 599 tip cleaner. Seems like a lot of money but it really has
> reduced my aggravation.

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