Introduction: Refusbish Your SOLDERING IRON TIP
In the above image, you can clearly see the before and after and everything the process took less than 3 minutes.
I know it is not the best method to clean it up, but if you are lazy and you don't mind on buying new tips once in a while, follow this tutorial, otherwise check the correct procedure.
Step 1: Refusbish Your SOLDERING IRON TIP
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Step 2: Dirty Tips, Bad Results.
If you are pretty lazy while using your solder iron (like me) you will have certainly seen that usually the tip become covered of oxide and scaling.These hateful layers prevent the heat to spread correctly and the less the tip is clean the more is difficult to use the solder.With this tutorial you will make it as good as new.
Step 3: Screwdriver
Use a screwdriver to unscrew the bolt that holds the tip.
Step 4: POWER DRILL
It should be easy enough to remove the tip with your fingersTake a drill and mount the tip on it, then use some sandpaper and start the process.
Step 5: Sand Paper
Clean as best as you can, It's should be easy.
Step 6: Belt Sander
To speed up the whole thing I use a belt sander.You can also create a bevel to make have contact surface while soldering.
Step 7: You've Done.
Once you've finished put the the tip and the screws back on and you've done.
Step 8: EASY AND EFFECTIVE
It's so easy and effective.
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not only refurbishing,you could also change the shape of the tip.
I used to do this on my 2$ India-made irons with copper tips,make them so thin,you could solder a 0201 smd package with it.
Warning:don't do this on plated tips
Where is the rest of the instructable, the tinning of the bit which is probably more important I.M.H.O. Had you incorporated this you would have a useful instructable.