This morning we took two short lengths of Continuum 24 gauge wire
from stock, each about 4" long. Both pieces were bright with no
The first wire was dipped in boric+ alcohol mixture and let dry.
Using a lazy flame, we flowed Stuller’s medium silver solder at three
different places along the length of wire and dropped it in a pot of
After about 3 minutes we removed the wire from the pickle pot and it
came out shiny, with no hint of discoloration.
We did not dip the second wire in boric+alcohol mixture; we flowed
the medium silver solder at three locations. We saw light brown
surface oxide on either side of flowed solder. The wire was dipped in
hot solution of Magic Pickle for 3 minutes and removed. Most of the
brown discoloration was gone but you can still see a hint of
oxidation, which came off with slightest buffing.
What Melissa noticed was true but we could not reproduce it in our
production area. We may have to check your exact sample to
understand what’s going on.