Post by thedirestrat on Jan 12, 2022 14:53:30 GMT -5
I've been getting started on some mods, so that means I'm using my brand new soldering iron I got for Christmas! This is my first "real" soldering iron? The one I had before was just some random 20 dollar thing I got near me, it worked but as crutch-- not for long term use, it's already kind of dead... Anyways, I never really payed attention to how I used it, but with my new one I'm trying to do it right.
This is the soldering iron I have: The "Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering Station"
It doesn't say what temperature it gets, so that's too bad, but I got a Temp gun, so I can check.
So the weird stuff I saw:
I tried pre-tinning the solder iron tip but it just got a weird matte brown colour. Flux just made it weird, basically did nothing. I tried using it after to undo a solder joint, but it took kind of long, not efficient at all.
I think it was not hot enough, but I gave it some time to heat up and I put the knob at the max "heat" or temperature. Am I doing something wrong, or is my iron defective? I have no idea, thank you guys!
Post by thedirestrat on Jan 12, 2022 22:54:05 GMT -5
Thank you so much! I honestly regret making this thread... I used my soldering iron today and it worked fine! Still got to get the hang of it, but I am confident now. What I did, is I pre-tinned it. But properly this time. Iron off, I put a slight film of flux on the soldering tip, then I wrapped solder on it, turned the iron on, and it's tinned! Nice and shiny, heat flow is awesome. It works, and I am happy! Thank you for your kind reply.
Showing my ignorance, I have soldered guitars and electronics for about 45 years now, and it's only in the last two years that I've discovered how much easier it becomes with a little flux. I guess I've always used rosin cored solder so it seemed superfluous. Onwards and upwards huh?
Post by thedirestrat on Jan 13, 2022 10:54:46 GMT -5
Flux helps so much! And you know that nasty brown stuff that could occur? I thought that was because of my crappy soldering and I burned something, but no that's just flux! Flux from the solder! You can take it out fairly easily with a cotton swab and isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Everything becomes shiny