Introduction: Refusbish Your SOLDERING IRON TIP

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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.


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.


It's so easy and effective.





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    12 Discussions

    Whats REFUSBISH mean

    I am sorry, but this just makes the tip worse in the long run.

    ALWAYS take care of your tips. the first time I had a tip, it didn’t last very long because I didn’t twke care of it.

    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.

    This kind of advice often brings out valuable advice in the comments. Thanks to people who chip in but I'm not sure I'm much further ahead in terms of knowing how to look after my TS100 tips!

    Wait.... Am I the only 1 who cleans it after every project?


    6 months ago

    Never do that !
    This destroys the plated layer found on good soldering tips. If your tip isn't plated, buy one or replace it with a copper wire of the same diameter, you'll get the same result !

    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


    6 months ago

    do NOT do this on anything but the cheapest tips... This will destroy a hakko tip and make it useless.

    3 replies

    So true pmck. Most of the quality tips are plated and grinding them will destroy them. This method is fine for a non plated tip, or one that is so dirty it should be thrown away. A better approach is start with a new tip and take care of it. Clean it as you go and it will last for ages. I prefer the wire mesh cleaners to a sponge as I have heard the thermal shock of the sponge can also damage tips, but whatever method, clean as you go is the best approach.


    A soldering sponge should be used _moist_, _not_wet_, and it's a myth that a soldering tip will get thermal shock from this - now the lazy Joes, that don't wanna re-moist every now and then, does use it wet and then it's a totally different ballgame of course.
    The "scouring pads" on the other hand _will_ shorten the life of a tip. The iron coating is a few µ-meter (they're electroplated), so using them is IMO as destructive as the "scour a PCB with steel wool" advice, you stumble upon every now and then.

    Perhaps an instructable on caring for your soldering iron should go into my project log :)
    It could deal with some of the other bad soldering advice I see regularly here and elsewhere as well.


    I must admit I originally changed away from damp sponge because of laziness, lol, but have found the tip has lasted longer than previously. I use no name Ebay tips and the current one is over a year old and still just about as nice as the day I first used it. The last one I used with a sponge always had a black residue build up that still required a scrub. I still think the scourer is way less harsh than grinding the tip on a belt sander.
    Everyone has their method I guess.

    Clean it by using a belt sander ?