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Soldering tip cleaning - Overview of different methods
When cleaning soldering tips, a distinction is made between wet and dry cleaning - both processes have advantages and disadvantages.and disadvantages. But how do these processes work and which items are used when?
The process of dry cleaning: Dry cleaning can be easily carried out by hand using a spiral wool made of brass or steel. To do this, the tip to be cleaned must be pressed lightly into the wool. The soiling can then be loosened by means of slight twisting movements. A prerequisite for the success of this cleaning process is a strongly increased temperature of the soldering tip. During the cleaning process, deep penetration into the spiral wool is to be avoided - as is wiping the cleaned tip on a dry cleaner. Flux residues and oxides on the dry cleaners reduce the effectiveness of the cleaning. Regular replacement of these cleaning aids is therefore particularly important.Important: Before using the soldering tips again, they should be wetted with fresh solder. For dry cleaning of large soldering tips, a brass brush can be used as an alternative to the spiral wool. Thebrush is moved in a straight line along the hot soldering tip in the direction of the tip. This movement is repeated on the surface of the soldering tip until it is free of all dirt.
The process of wet cleaning: In this process, the hot soldering tip is wiped with a damp sponge. Damp is the operative word here, because the sponge must not actually be wet. The following steps are the same as dry cleaning.Important: Before these tips can also be used again, they must be wetted with fresh solder.
What is the task of a tip reactivator?To prolong the life of a soldering tip, it must be cleaned regularly. A soldering tip activator provides for theA soldering tip activator loosens stubborn deposits on the soldering tip and also improves the ability to absorb fresh solder. The part that is to be covered with the fresh solder later is carefully held in the regeneration compound and gently moved around. Here you should pay particular attention to the temperature of the soldering tip recommended by the manufacturer. Afterwards, the remaining residues can be removed with a dry cleaner and the clean tip can be tinned with fresh solder.
To make the cleaning process easier for you, you will find all the accessories you need here at Weidinger.eu:Cleaning sponges(electric) brushesCleaning wool made of steelcomplete systems for soldering tip cleaningSoldering tip tinners
Also for cleaning soldering tips in a sterile environment, such as in a clean room or ESD protection area, our range supplies a selection of inexpensive products from well-known manufacturers such as JBC or Weller.