This is my first post. I just joined Orchid. I did a search last
night to see if anyone had figured out how to revive dried out
silver paste solder. I saw discussion about how it does dry out, and
someone found some that does not dry out. Mine does dry out, but it
seems to me that if I were to replace whatever liquid evaporated out
of it, then it should be as good as new.
We have been using both silver and gold paste solder for years. I
have not had much trouble with the little syringes of gold solder.
But for silver I prefer to use a 1 ounce plastic jar of the stuff,
and apply it to the joint with a wood toothpick. I am using Okai
Corp. silver paste solder that we get from Rio Grande. We used to
add water to thin it out, and that sort of worked. A few months ago
I tried ethyl alcohol, and that works better. But of course it dries
out fast if the cap is not on real tight. It’s obvious to me that
it’s not alcohol that the manufacturer uses. Whatever they use seems
more oily, but it’s obviously not oil. I guess I mean it’s more
viscous than alcohol.
I’m a pack rat. I hate to see anything go to waste. The alcohol
works OK, but there must be something more like what was originally
Paul J. Badali
Badali Jewelry Specialties, inc.