Solder is classified as alloys that melt at under 800 degrees F. It
becomes brazing material above that temp. Lead for old cars is
probably solder just like other low temp alloys. Alloys are created
for specific purposes; the skill is choosing which alloy works best
for the application at hand. There are thousands of types of solder,
many with the same melting point, but having quite different
charactistics, and therefore different uses. Choose wisely.
La Mesa, CA
Does anyone use 100% lead-free solder? IS there such a thing?
I know that solder with relatively higher % of tin has a lower
melting point than solders with more lead in them, but in my business
(space/aerospace) there's a movement to get away from tin because of
certain funny properties it has over time.
We used to use lead sticks (70-80% lead) as a filler on cars, some
guys still do, especially on "real" classics (read: 7 or 8- figure "golden age" handbuilts.)
I guess I am wondering when "lead" becomes "solder" in the frame- builder's lexicon, or if I should be wondering more about when the
nubbly campy shifters were smoothed out -smile-
Dale "got a dent that needs repair but not filling" Phelps Montagna lunga Colorado
Dale B. Phelps
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