Soldering Tips

Discussion in 'Electrical/Electronics' started by Boomer John, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Boomer John

    Boomer John Member

    My soldering has gotten much better but I still have an ongoing problem. On my Weller 40 watt and Radio Shack 20 watt pencil iron the tips just go dead. It seems like I am always replacing them. I always immediately clean them off with a wet sponge after each use, even between events during one soldering session. Yet all of a sudden they won't melt butter. What is going on here and is it just a fact of life they have a short shelf life?

  2. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Try using anti seize on the threads of the tip.
  3. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    I have noticed that the tip of the iron gets coated in black, I'm guessing it's carbon. I use sand paper, or like this morning a wire brush attachment on a dremel. Takes the stuff right off and it's not a problem any more.


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