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Old 02-19-2010, 04:34 AM #1
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Question Restore Solder Paste that's getting dry?

not sure which forum this belongs in... but here it is:

Has anyone ever successfully 'thinned' solder paste that's gotten a bit stiff?

A while back I bought a supply of it from DX; but then became unable to use it...
Now I'm beginning to claw my way back up to where I can do a bit of hobbying - but just found that it's all gone rather stiff (the solder paste). Not completely dry, but not terribly usable either.

I'm in the middle of a small project that has sm ic's, so I really need nice smooth solder paste!

Thanks for any guidance...

oh, btw, I'm talking about "solder paste" - with lead etc in it; not "soldering paste", which is flux.


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I toss it out and get more.
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I toss it out and get more.
Unfortunately "more" is via slow boat from China, after they get over their New Year hangover...
unless you know a cheap source on this continent?


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Solder Paste | Digi-Key

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Default Re: Restore Solder Paste that's getting dry?

Depending on the flux used in the paste, Distilled water or 99% Isopropyl alcohol.
Take a whiff and see if you recognize the smell.

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agreed... and I like Newark, too.

But at $12 for 5cc, your idea of 'cheap' is different from mine! I meant 'inexpensive', which to an economy in the shape mine's in, that means "dirt cheap"

Thanks for the help though!


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Depending on the flux used in the paste, Distilled water or 99% Isopropyl alcohol.
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thanks Mike - already tried water, I'll try the alcohol.
(and I have one of 'em soaking in laquer thinner just for kicks)(unless the container got dissolved - better go check on that one...)


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I've bought items from here before:
SOLDERING PASTE FLUX 2 OZ | AllElectronics.com

They have a nice heat shrink tubing kit too:
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Good shooting, Mike - right on target!

You just saved 6 little jars of LodeStar solder paste... need any?


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Dan ---
When I was in industry, solder flux was either rosin in ethyl alcohol or water based acid. Yours must be rosin based.

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