How to get solder off pots to read date?

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  1. Lightningflash

    Lightningflash Senior Member

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    How do you safely get the solder off pots to read the date?

    I'm restoring a 75' Flying V and I got some pots that are supposed to be 1975 pots but can only verify one of them.

    Thanks!
     
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    theroan Senior Member

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    There are a few desoldering tools you choose from. There's a wick or braid that absorbs the excess solder or you can use a pump that will suck it away when it's liquefied.Of course this assumes you already own a soldering iron which would be essential no matter what you choose.

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    Donal ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Premium Member

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    Exactly this, simple and effective :thumb:
     
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    BrianB Senior Member

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    I've used something similar to this for years. Squeeze the bulb, heat the solder, solder flows, release the bulb, slurp.
     
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    paco1976 Senior Member

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    A sponge will work as well. Desolder and the sponge will suck all the liquid.
     
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    barchiola Senior Member

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    before you heat the solder to remove it, dab a little flux on the solder so it will flow more easily. this will make it easier to get more off in fewer tries. dip the desolder braid in flux before you try to use it, another way to have things go more easily.
     
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    ..or, if you don't have any flux, but you have some LEADED solder, try adding some leaded solder to the existing (most-probably non-leaded) solder to get it to flow quickly. You can probably move it away from the engraved text you are trying to read. Wash your hands after using that leaded solder...
     
  8. Lightningflash

    Lightningflash Senior Member

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    Will the solder pump suck the solder out of the serial # to make them legible?
     
  9. Donal

    Donal ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Premium Member

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    It definatly should, at least the slightly larger ones with a diamater of about 3/4 inch. When I learned soldering some 30 years ago we used to have to desolder components from the boards and it would take the solder out of the holes after the components were removed.
     
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    Ok, thanks guys. I have a solder pump on order from Amazon, wish me luck.
     
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    skydog Senior Member

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    You can wipe it away with a wet rag.
     
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