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Anti-seize for soldering tips - needed or not?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by TheKeith, Nov 27, 2003.

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  1. TheKeith

    TheKeith Guest

    I was told a while back in this group that I should use anti-seize compound
    on my soldering tips because at the time I was having a problem with thread
    seizures (screw-on tip) after just one use, and after this happened
    repeatedly with the same make of iron (wahl-lenk purchased at lowes), I
    realized that I was just using an inferior iron with an inferior tip--and
    that was most likely the cause of my problem? Is it recommended that
    anti-seize be used even on better irons or is it really not necessary
    because better ones don't tend to seize up? The reason I ask is that it
    doesn't appear to be that easy to get, so could I do without it? How many of
    you even bother with it? Just curious.

  2. It doesn't matter what brand of iron, if the tip threads into the
    heating element, then you need anti seize.

    If it uses a seperate barrel to hold it to the element it is less
    likely to seize, but is still cheap insurance against a damaged iron.

    Mouser list it for $4.16 for a 1 oz. tube. that should last you for
    several years, unless you use a soldering iron all day long, five days a

    You might want to buy the tip cleaner and a sponge while you are at

    I say, the boy is so stupid that he tried to make a back up copy of his
    hard drive on the Xerox machine!

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  3. I once read the suggestion that one apply some heatsink compound before
    installing the tip. I can't remember the author's logic for that,
    and there must be better choices, but if you've got some already, it
    does seem to work.

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