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    Quote Originally Posted by Audio Al View Post
    I thought flux was corrosive
    Wipe off any surplus with meths or white spirit. I've never had corrosion issues from flux. Most solder is flux cored anyway, but I keep a pot of flux handy as well (and Bakers fluid in case I need to solder to steel, that definitely needs cleaning off though, with water).
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Wipe off any surplus with meths or white spirit. I've never had corrosion issues from flux. Most solder is flux cored anyway, but I keep a pot of flux handy as well (and Bakers fluid in case I need to solder to steel, that definitely needs cleaning off though, with water).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Audio Al View Post
    I thought flux was corrosive
    it is in its way. it cleans up corrosion on the wire
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    By the way. When soldering on cartridge tags, don't faff around trying to get the end of the wire through the small hole in the back end of the tag (if there is one). Just solder it straight on. The solder is stronger than the fine wire anyway and feeding the wire through the hole just makes it harder to unsolder at a later date, should the need arise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    I use a scalpel or small craft knife gently. Done hundreds of 'em!
    +1, that is what I use, but the scalpel blade must be new, or at least sharp.

    The solder bath method is not particularly effective if the insulation is PTFE
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Wipe off any surplus with meths or white spirit. I've never had corrosion issues from flux. Most solder is flux cored anyway, but I keep a pot of flux handy as well (and Bakers fluid in case I need to solder to steel, that definitely needs cleaning off though, with water).
    It is good practice to remove any flux after the soldered joint has cooled. To my mind it looks unprofessional to see resolidified flux resin on a soldered joint.
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    If you are stripping a lot of fine wire these are a godsend
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/C-K-330011...gAAOSw2gxYymOP

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    Quote Originally Posted by killie99 View Post
    If you are stripping a lot of fine wire these are a godsend
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/C-K-330011...gAAOSw2gxYymOP


    Good call Stuart.

    I have one somewhere but forgot all about it. However if you are trying to strip fine wires in situ, then I prefer to use a scalpel with a very sharp blade.
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    Just ordered some of this
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111902060180
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    Quote Originally Posted by killie99 View Post
    If you are stripping a lot of fine wire these are a godsend
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/C-K-330011...gAAOSw2gxYymOP
    They look ideal , but £30
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