Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Soldering corroded metals

Some investigation has shown that zinc corrodes more easily than lead (lead being a medium anodic and zinc a high anodic metal). Bronze, Copper and Brass are among the least easily corroded materials other than precious metals. Lead comes immediately after copper in the ease of corrosion.

The implication is that more easily corroded materials need more aggressive/abrasive cleaning before soldering and that their longevity in the weather will be shorter than the less easily corroded metals.