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i got this "kester tinning flux with kesterr aquabond for use with lead free solder"
it says its formula sp-35. it doesnt have the corrosive symbol on it. just the poison one. will this stuff work ok, and when i apply the flux, do i only put it on the wire or on the point i'm going to be soldering to?
if you have a radio shack by you, go there
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My local Radio Trash didn't have the flux. I ended up going to Fry's and they had everything. Kester Rosin Flux Paste, Weller 12w soldering pencil, .020" rosin-core solder, fine desoldering braid and AWG 30 wire. I've solder with the flux and without the flux and the flux makes ALL the difference in the world. I'd say it makes the job 50% easier because the clean joints cause the solder to stick like crazy. Flux the ends of the wires before you tin them. Then, using a toothpick, dap the smallest amount of flux on any pad you'll be soldering to and tin those too. You'll find that once you do those two things you won't need any more solder. Just set your wire on top of your pad and heat the joint. The solder on each will flow, making a clean joint.
Using the smallest diameter solder is key too. With the pitch of the SMD pads being somewhere close to 20 mil you can easily bridge with fat solder, especially if you've had a Coke or energy drink (rocket fuel) prior to doing the job. Instead of solder joints you could very well end up with slobber joints (tech school joke).
thanks for the info ronbo, i will put it to good use!