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Question regarding Oatey #95 tinning flux

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Question regarding Oatey #95 tinning flux
Posted by Benjamin Maggi on Friday, November 24, 2017 1:46 PM

I have a container of Oatey brand #95 "tinning flux." I have reviewed the label and see nothing stating it is an Acid flux, which I understand is bad for electronics. It is used for soldering copper pipes, but can I safely also use it to solder wires, or to solder a wire to a turnout frog?

For soldering, I am using rosin-core solder (not acid core).

Here is a link to the flux specifications: https://www.amazon.com/Oatey-30372-Tinning-Flux-8-Ounce/dp/B00176KQ32

Thanks. 

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Posted by 7j43k on Friday, November 24, 2017 2:33 PM

Looking at the Amazon page, it looks to me like it's meant for plumbing.  That "fact" doesn't mean you can't use it for electronics.  Or that you can.  Only that the intent of the manufacturer is for "heavy" soldering.

Note that the stuff is a mix of flux and solder, thus the word "tinning".

I wouldn't use it.  I use solder specifically designed for electronics.  And the same for flux.  Which I DO use.

For solder I use:  Kester rosin core 44 in the .5mm size

For flux I use a liquid rosin flux

I have been paid by a military contractor to do this work.

 

Ed

 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Friday, November 24, 2017 3:19 PM

That's 8 onces of flux.  You better plan on leaving that in your will for your great grandchildren.

 

Henry

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Posted by 7j43k on Friday, November 24, 2017 3:34 PM

Getting a whole lot of something at a low price (or for free) is not always as wonderful as a person would hope.

Except when it is.

 

 

Ed

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Posted by rrinker on Friday, November 24, 2017 7:59 PM

 I use Superface #30 water soluable flux for electronics. Note that if you actually look up the product - it actually is a weak organic acid, but it is nothing like acod flux used for plumbing and is completely safe for electronics. I use it for everything, but it works extremely well for soldering rails together, or when soldering rail to PCB ties, such as making Fast Tracks jig-style turnouts. Excess is easily wiped up with isopropyl alcohol pads.

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