quick question on veroboard...

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by JohnnyD, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. JohnnyD

    Thread Starter Well-Known Member

    Aug 29, 2006
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    Hi,

    For the time being I'm still using veroboard for my projects. I use my dad's model railway track cleaner thing that looks like an eraser and is very slightly abrasive to clean the veroboard tracks before soldering. I find it makes the solder flow really well but the problem is that when i've finished and take a look at the copper tracks a week later they've all gone really dull, like they've corroded, as if by cleaning it i've removed some kind of anti-corrosion coating.

    So, is it best to cut the board to size, clean it and then give all the copper tracks a thin coating of solder? What else can I do?

    Thanks,

    John.
     
  2. Joe S.

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    Aug 28, 2006
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    There are tin plating solutions available, I believe GC used to sell one, all you do is dump your circuit board into the solution and remove it and rinse a few minutes later, your copper is now silver colored as it now has a thin tin plated surface.

    you can buy a kit from:http://www.caswellplating.com/kits/tin_plate.htm
    check around to see if GC Electronics still sells this stuff, it was only about 6 bucks then, so maybe double now.
     
  3. JohnnyD

    Thread Starter Well-Known Member

    Aug 29, 2006
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    Thanks a lot, the company i get my parts from sells this stuff, it's about £12 so pretty expensive but it should last ages. Hopefully it won't corrode so quickly!
     
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