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    re- solder my dash lights

    I need to repair and re- solder my dash lights( they are out of the car ) and was looking to maybe get a new soldering gun. I was kinda surprised at the price, and I noticed they some that had a finer pencil like tip. Has anyone used one of those with the small tip for something like that?

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    Re: re- solder my dash lights

    FWIW, I picked up a Weller W51 soldering starion a decade ago on eBay, in nice condition for around $50.

    I don’t Think they go for much more now. Reliable unit with adjustable temp. Tons of support and accessories.

    Think Hakko brand for new, but watch out for counterfeits!
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    Re: re- solder my dash lights

    Guns and irons... two different things.

    Guns are usually used to put a lot of heat into an area quickly. Irons can be big (for plumbing and such) but are often smaller, pencil-like tools for electronics. For automotive wiring you can use either as long as they are rated for 100 Watts or such. You can use a smaller iron if you want to but I generally like to use a larger Watt gun to get the heat in quickly before the vinyl insulation has a chance to melt.

    With old wiring, do your best to clean the stripped copper wire strands before you get started. They often build up a patina that can slow the process down or prevent the solder from flowing.
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    Re: re- solder my dash lights

    Anyone ever try one of those mini turbo lighters they usually sell at the gas station store counters.I got a real small one for a camping kit and used it to solder some eye terminals
    Hot and precise but you need room,not for tight areas,I think it was 4 bucks.
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    Re: re- solder my dash lights

    I use a 25 watt soldering iron like the one below. It’s certainly adequate for most jobs. Amazon has them for $13.
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    Re: re- solder my dash lights

    Quote Originally Posted by TFB View Post
    Anyone ever try one of those mini turbo lighters ...
    Oddly enough, I used one about a week ago after it sat in my tool box for years. I didn't buy mine, I found it. Mine uses a regular disposable butane lighter for the fuel source. It worked remarkably well. I was soldering a hinge to sheet metal that already had paint. I needed to get a lot of heat in quickly and get out. The butane lighter torch worked great for me in that application.
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    Re: re- solder my dash lights

    Thanks you guys. Elliot that is one I was curious about. Thought it might work on one wirer deals, but was not sure. I am used to gun models and did not have any experience with this newer stuff.

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