Stripping magnet wire
andre.kesteloot at verizon.net
Wed Mar 23 20:04:12 CST 2005
hamilton mal G3KEV wrote:
> To remove the enamel from litz wire I use paint stripper called
> Remove all the cotton/plastic insulation from the cable end to be
> soldered to expose the multi strand enameled wires. Brush the end of
> cable with a tooth brush to separate the strands and flatten out.
> Use the tooth brush to apply the paint stripper to the splayed out
> cable strands, making sure it gets to all the strands. Leave for about
> 10 minutes or more, then brush away the disolved enamel. I carry out
> this process twice to ensure that all enamel has been removed. The
> final job is to wash the exposed copper cable end with turps etc
> using a cloth, then start soldering. I strip back about 1 inch of the
> cable end.
> I have used the above procedure a number of times and it works well.
> Paint stripper and a tooth brush are readily available. This method is
> also economical on solder, no need for special tools like solder pots
> and bunsen burners.
> Any good paint stripper would do. My contents label says the stripper
> contains 5 - 20 percent
> Methylene dichloride, it does not say what the rest is.
Many years ago in the U.S., we could buy small bottles of "Strip-X" made
by GC Electronics.
It is no longer available on the market, but I recently found such a
bottle, and the stuff _does_ remove enamel like a charm.
The contents are:
- Methylene Chloride (75-09-2)
- Phenol (108-95-2)
- Ammonia (7664-41-7)
Proportions are not listed.
The mixture exhibits the consistency of chocolate syrup.
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