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Offline Prime

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Cleaning PCBs
« on: January 17, 2012, 11:47:53 PM »
Hi I have a bunch of Acorn Electron expansion PCBs, that I want to try and repair, all of which have a mild ammount of green corrosion / oxidiation where the edge connector is soldered to the board. I am going to remove and replace the edge connector, however I want to clean all of the green oxide off the board and clean up the solder pads before soldering a new connector on.

Does anyone know what would be a suitable way of doing this ?

And yep I'm also removing the soldered in NiCds too.....

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Re: Cleaning PCBs
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012, 08:21:51 AM »
Not sure if its suitable - but I haven't broken anything yet by using wet wipes to scrub the affected parts.

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Re: Cleaning PCBs
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2012, 05:44:18 PM »
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Re: Cleaning PCBs
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2012, 10:28:04 AM »
I swear by Electronic Cleaning Solvent e.g. Servisol Aero Klene 50. It cleans and rapidly evaporates so perfect for use on electronics, have fixed manay mobiles with the stuff, fixed a sticky switch on an alfa 166 too! Not tried on computers though ...
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Re: Cleaning PCBs
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2012, 01:46:59 AM »
Dettol wipes here too, but mostly to remove dead insects and that sort of grime. And rarely on anything of any significant value. Messes your skin up though. Fact. (see what I did there?)

If it was critical? I might go with lighter fluid and a q-tip.

You can get some spray stuff from maplin. PCB cleaner. The name certainly sounds promising. It's probably just lighter fluid though! ;)
http://www.maplin.co.uk/pcb-cleaner-27521
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