Stripping magnet wire

Robert E.Seastrom rs at
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
with Litz...

Andre Kesteloot <andre.kesteloot at> writes:

> hamilton mal G3KEV wrote:
>                 [...]
>           To remove the enamel from litz wire I use paint stripper called
>      nitromorse.
>           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.
> 73
> André  N4ICK
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