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How to Neutralize Bakers Fluid Flux.

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peter brown 525/11/2020 16:38:00
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Hi All

I am building a 5" Simplex and now soldering together the Lazer Model Engineers Kit using 1/4 " brass angle for extra support. I have strongly been advised to neutralize the Bakers Fluid flux, With what product and how best to proceed is my question? Any thoughts please.

old mart25/11/2020 16:43:56
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Rinse in hot water, repeat and the flux should be washed away.

Nigel Graham 225/11/2020 20:41:33
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Would it be better to add washing soda (an alkali) to the first wash, to neutralise the acid?

Bill Pudney25/11/2020 21:14:07
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Amongst many other things I build fuel tanks for model aeroplanes. These are tinplate fabrications soft soldered together using 50/50 plumbers solder and Bakers Fluid. The tanks must be pressure tested to ensure there are no leaks, then they are flushed out two or three times with a strong solution of hot water and bi carb soda. Then they are pressure rinsed with clean hot water, then dried as far as possible, obviously drying internally is a bit difficult. At this point the tanks are very clean and susceptible to rust, so the get a light spray with oil, inside and out.

Job done...........finally

cheers

Bill

Dave Halford26/11/2020 12:01:37
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The use of Bakers is not compulsory, I have use Laco, alledged not acid that will still cause fume rusting on nearby steel.

Best bet is rosin cored solder. Tin both sides first, wipe off any excess solder with a rag then join together.

peter brown 527/11/2020 18:22:48
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Thank-You to all those who replied to my query, the answers were a great help!!

Thanks Peter.

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