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Lead-Free? Well, sort of ...

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  1. GLK

    GLK Senior Member

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    I'm gearing up to a lot of SMD LED re-soldering, as I fancy a white letters, blue background instrument cluster display, instead of the orange one I have :cool:

    Anyway, bought a lead-free solder paste, and this arrived, in cracked case with all the oil out (inside the package), and the paste is almost dry inside:

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    I then went back online searching ... You just can't make it up:

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    I now doubt I can trust the labels, even when they say Sn96/Ag3/Cu1 or Sn48/Bi52, etc ...
     
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    GLK Senior Member

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    PS If your chemistry is a bit rusty - Plumbum (Pb) is LEAD
     
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    Incorrectly labelled Chinese products, well I never.
     
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    Go to RS Components David. They're only around the corner from you. They have all fully compliant lead-free solder paste of very good quality for not much ££.
     
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    I can't believe I forgot to check with them - you did mentioned them before.
    Thanks :)
     
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    They obviously think lead-free means cordless.
     
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    Or the lead is...free?
     
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    The first one, they just sent a wrong jar, as they have two types pictured in their listing (smashed case is another matter), so I can understand that, but the syringe picture - that's in a league of its own.
     
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    Yes, nice of them to provide 37% of contents free of charge.
    I shouldn't complain really :alien:
     
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    I have some old solder I "borrowed" from UK High school 17 years ago that I use on the occasional circuit board repair. It is also lead 37% and we used to use that day in day out in D&T. Is it really a thing? I mean sure in a factory where they are soldering thousands at a time but occasional exposure?

    I was also warned by the internet about the hidden dangers of sanding down my old wooden doors before painting as they almost certainly contain lead paint. I'm inclined to agree as the top two recent coats fell off but the original wouldn't so probably was the real stuff so needed keying. Just wore a mask, swept/mopped up after and made sure I washed hands/clothes after.

    Don't get me wrong I'm happy we have banned things like lead petrol, paint, asbestos, formaldehyde, etc but I don't think that means we need to suddenly treat them as plutonium when there are whole generations exposed to them daily...
     

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