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Question about the new Maker Paste Lead-Free Prototyping Sol
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Question about the new Maker Paste Lead-Free Prototyping Sol

by mtolesen on Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:47 am

Hi,

Do you know how long the shelf life is for this, after I have cut it open and used some of the paste for the first time?

Maker Paste Lead-Free Prototyping Solder Paste
PRODUCT ID: 3217

I mean, somethime you do not need all the paste in the tube for a project, so you want to store it for the next project, but how long can it be used after opened, and does it need to be stored at a certain temperatur?

BR
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Re: Question about the new Maker Paste Lead-Free Prototyping

by adafruit_support_mike on Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:12 pm

Solder paste generally lasts six months.

The first source of trouble is the solvent (usually alcohol) evaporating. You can add solvent and re-mix the paste a couple of times, but you probably won't get back to the original consistency. The long-term problem is oxidation of the solder particles, and there's no easy way to recover from that.

Both problems can be limited by keeping the paste well sealed when you aren't using it, and by storing it in a refrigerator.

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Re: Question about the new Maker Paste Lead-Free Prototyping

by mtolesen on Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:03 am

Hello Adafruit,
Thank you very much for your answer.

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Re: Question about the new Maker Paste Lead-Free Prototyping

by tronicgr on Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:43 pm

I wish it would stay in stock a little longer though... by the time I could get around to buy some, it went out!

Any clue if it's going to be back in stock soon? Any other source I could get it from?

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Re: Question about the new Maker Paste Lead-Free Prototyping

by adafruit_support_mike on Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:08 am

Lots of places sell it.. both Digikey and Mouser are good sources, and will sell it to you in quantities up to a kilogram.

Any time one of our products is out of stock, you can sign up for notification on the product page. Beyond that, we don't do ETAs. There are too many possible delays we can't control, and too many people who think the first letter of ETA means 'guaranteed'.

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