Stripping magnet wire
rs at seastrom.com
Thu Mar 24 06:08:13 CST 2005
I always used a lighter and just burned the insulation off the ends of
single conductor magnet wire. I've always wondered how it was done
Andre Kesteloot <andre.kesteloot at verizon.net> writes:
> 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
> 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.
> André N4ICK
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