Can photo etch be soldered?

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I have some small levers I want to solder to a brass rod. Can it be soldered?

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I believe you can, Len. There's a new DVD out from Adam Wilder that focuses on the many uses of P.E., and in there I see him soldering pieces.

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It depends on the material. Brass and nickel silver P/E will solder but stainless will be tough.

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Wouldn't it be easier to just use CA glue or epoxy?

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Soldering is far stronger than cement. And more workable. It is why I soldered instead of cemented the Bentley Speed 8 chassis together.

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Most PE is made from brass or nickle both of which can be soldered using silver solder and a flowing flux. Try "Stay Brite" silver solder it comes with solder and an excellent flux.

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Thanks everyone for your input. I tried some last night with the photo etch and it did not solder well. Do I need silver solder? How can I tell if the photo etch is nickle or not. It is silver in color and probably from Detail Master.

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Thanks everyone for your input. I tried some last night with the photo etch and it did not solder well. Do I need silver solder? How can I tell if the photo etch is nickle or not. It is silver in color and probably from Detail Master.

Detail master is stainless steel. Soldering is not going to happen easily. Here is a vid.

MCG, Replicas and Miniatures, etc. use nickel silver. If it is a bit more flexible and can be bent easily it is nickel silver. If it is stiff it is stainless.

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Thanks Andy. Good info on how to tell what material it is.

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