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Old 03-09-2014, 08:16 PM
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hey guys, soldered up a gutter today and when I wiped the solder it has left it smooth but how do I get the solder off that isn't on the joint? it smeared and I cant seem to get it off with a rag. if I sand it it will look different than the rest. any idea`s? thanks
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Old 03-16-2014, 02:22 AM
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Copper has deep pores. It's not coming off if it sweated in.
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Old 10-31-2014, 06:56 AM
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hey guys, soldered up a gutter today and when I wiped the solder it has left it smooth but how do I get the solder off that isn't on the joint? it smeared and I cant seem to get it off with a rag. if I sand it it will look different than the rest. any idea`s? thanks
Good DAY to ya !! If you are soldering Gutter you solder it from the inside ,right? Who cares if there is a little showing inside? Can the customer see it from an upper story? We have had a "few" peeps that don't like the look of the solder on the "Nice New Copper" that they paid dearly for. So all we did was fit a cover piece to hide it. I would try and explain to them about how important it is to sweat a joint and tell them to look around at some other jobs that they have driven by before and after the "New" wears off everything will look just fine. Just give it a little time.
By the way the cover strips I spoke of, we couldn't get them to stay put for very long and they would fall off and we'd get another call back. Tried all kinds of adhesives. Time will patina the copper and solder and it will start to blend in. You know solder won't adhere to the copper if you don't use Flux. Maybe you could get by with less Flux??? dupree
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Old 11-04-2014, 11:17 PM
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there is a chemical.. i cannot remember the name.. you can paint on the solder and it turns it a wonderful matching copper color.. and its permanent!
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Old 12-16-2014, 07:57 PM
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http://www.jaxchemicals.com/jaxshop/shopexd.asp?id=72

Copper plating solution; just clean your work piece and brush it on- copper magically appears over your solder. It's great stuff for work that will be seen close up. It develops patina at the same rate as the sheetmetal.
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Copper plating solution; just clean your work piece and brush it on- copper magically appears over your solder. It's great stuff for work that will be seen close up. It develops patina at the same rate as the sheetmetal.
I have used this and as mentioned it does work great. I did find that it only works on soft soldering coppers (50/50 lead tin, tin based plumbers solder, etc) but does not seem to work on the "hard" silver based solder/brazes although this should not be a problem for the original posters purposes.

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Old 01-08-2015, 01:34 AM
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I always found it interesting that 50/50 melts at 360F whereas hard solder is at IIRC 900F. I cannot imagine the time and effort it would take to seam with hard solder...

Hard solder is far less porous by the time it cools. Hard solder also uses different metals. I'm guessing the magic only works on the right target metals.
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What do you guys think of my fabing and solder skills?
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Looks great. Thanks for sharing. Welcome to the forum.
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Thank you bud, can't wait to learn new things....check out my shops website when you guys get a chance, I'd appreciate it ....
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