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PRE-CLEANING (Surface Preparation)

Although a proper flux will remove and exclude light oxidation during heating, foreign matter such as grease, oil, paint, cutting fluids, etc. should be cleaned away before the part reaches the assembly point. If not removed, such materials may inhibit proper capillary attraction during heating and/or prevent the flux itself from acting directly on the metals being joined. Pre-cleaning methods may be divided into the following two categories:
1. Chemical - Cleaning with solvents, acid or pickling baths compatible with the contaminants and the metals used. Such procedures should always be followed by thorough rinsing.
2. Mechanical - Removal of exceptionally heavy deposits via brushing, grinding or blasting with an abrasive agent. In the case of blasting, care must be taken that the abrasive itself is not left to contaminate the joint area. It is suggested that soldering or brazing be performed as soon as possible after any pre-cleaning operation.

POST-CLEANING (Surface Preparation)

A significant benefit of using Paste is that type and amount of flux may be carefully controlled, yielding minimal flux residues. Nonetheless, flux residues of a corrosive nature must be removed to prevent damage to the joint over an extended period. The following additional guidelines are offered:
Rosin Type Flux Residues - Generally, these are non-corrosive and may be left on the part without damage to the joint area. If residue removal is desired, it may be removed using alcohols or chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents (1:1:1 trichloroethane) or combinations of both families. The MG4140-400G is the perfect cleaner for these residues.
 
Activated Rosin Fluxes - Some rosin activators will cause corrosion under unusually hot or humid conditions. most may be removed using alcohol or chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents (1:1:1 trichloroethane) or combinations of both families. The MG4140-400G is the perfect cleaner for these residues.
 
Oily or Greasy Flux Residues - These residue are best removed with MG413B-425G Heavy Duty Flux Remover.
 
Intermediate and Corrosive Solder Fluxes (Halides) - These fluxes leave a fused residue which absorbs airborne moisture, causing a slow chemical reaction at the joint. Removal is generally accomplished by thorough washing in warm detergent water, or in hot water containing dilute hydrochloric acid, followed by hot water rinse.
 
High-Temperature Brazing Fluxes (Borates) - These hard, glass-like deposits are insoluble in many cleaners. They may be cracked off, however, by quenching the hot assembly in water immediately after brazing. A solution of dilute hydrochloric acid may also be helpful. We offer an all-purpose brazing post cleaner:
 
Fuze-Clean FS - Quickly and effectively dissolve residues and heat scale on both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. This material will dissolve the glass-like flux buildup normally found after brazing or soldering, permitting effective part cleaning directly on the production line. Fuze-Clean FS eliminates the problems associated with using strong acids or abrasive processes. In addition, it will remove rust, mill, and heat scale. For Fuze-Clean to be most effective, heat is required. The most efficient method is to add the material to a water solution in a heated ultrasonic cleaner, separate from the brazing or soldering machine.
 
For Jewelry Applications we recommend Sparex Pickling Compound.