[vcf-midatlantic] VCF East Clinic kudos (soldering iron cleaning brass)

Herb Johnson hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Thu May 5 01:08:08 UTC 2022

[Regarding brass for soldering iron tip-cleaning.]


This is not "brass wool" which would be an abrasive mesh of dry, sharp 
fine  brass wire. The Hakko product is apparently brass coiled ribbon 
(my words for it) that is *rosin coated* (fatty acid compound). Other 
products may have other coatings, or none.

A stated virtue of brass over wet sponge is "the tip temperature is not 
reduced". The virtue of brass is that it's softer than most metals. Of 
course, melted solder is softer still so it removes excess solder from tips.

Since it removes solder, it's likely it will accumulate loose solder 
splatter. That's likely why it's contained in a bowl or holder, to 
capture the material.

This is all Web homework I did, not stuff I knew previously. Someone 
with industrial training in soldering, or some reference for that 
training, may be informative.

Regards, Herb Johnson

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