Step 5: Tin the tip

For a new soldering iron, you will want to melt a thin coat of solder onto the tip. This is considered "tinning the tip." This thin coat will help to provide a base of solder which will help the solder to flow when you actually try to solder things later.


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Good job! <br><br>I just want to mention one thing. It is a good idea not to touch the cables with bare hands when they are stripped (step 8) and ready to be twisted. You always leave moisture and acids on the wire which is not a good idea in the long term. This also applies for cable crimping.
<p>Do you have a better way? Pliers would ruin the wire</p><p>Or could something with rubber/silicone work...</p>
<p>Wearing rubber gloves work for me</p>
<p>I would like to add that if you have an old soldering iron that is refusing to tin you can use plumbers solder paste to clean the tip and then immediately afterwards add the solder. I introduce the paste when the iron is cold and then again when it appears to be up to half temp. If you must sand the tip never use anything coarser than 600.</p>
if there is no lead in the solder the solder would start growing &quot;legs.&quot;

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