Soldering

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Remove dirt first

For a good solder joint both components need to be clean. Take a glass fibre pen or a simple manual toothbrush and thoroughly clean the areas to be joined to remove traces of chemicals, pigments and oxidisation.

Soldering brass

Spread flux across the whole of the joint using a paintbrush or cocktail stick. The flux will evaporate away when the solder is introduced, allowing it to flow into the joint. Wipe the iron’s tip on a damp sponge between applications.

Soldering whitemetal

A temperature controlled iron is essential. Set it to 80-120 degrees and use a low temperature solder such as Carr’s 70. Soldering small areas at a time and using a low temperature will avoid damage the metal.

Tinning

Clean and flux both faces then spread a thin layer of solder over both surfaces. When they’re cool apply flux again. Press the pieces together and introduce a low heat. The solder will melt and flow into the joint.