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Atten sponge holders rust after single use
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Atten sponge holders rust after single use

by tomclarkme on Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:28 pm

I just bought 20 Atten soldering stations for a class this fall. The chrome sponge holder tray of every unit rusted after a single use. I'm not sure of the correct remedy for this.
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Re: Atten sponge holders rust after single use

by adafruit_support_bill on Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:42 pm

There are various rust removal products - mostly different formulations of acids. They won't make it shiny (or rust resistant) again, but they will get you back down to the metal.

Re-plating would be pretty expensive. Instead, you could give them a couple coats of RustOleum enamel and bake it after each coat (~200F for 20 minutes should do.) Be sure to rough-up the shiny surfaces with some steel wool before applying the paint.

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Re: Atten sponge holders rust after single use

by tomclarkme on Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:28 pm

By remedy, I meant customer service solution.

I call attention to a defective product, and instead of an apology, I'm advised on the work I could do to accommodate that defect? Wow.

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Re: Atten sponge holders rust after single use

by adafruit_support_bill on Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:29 pm

Sorry, I wasn't aware that we sold the trays in your photo.
The Atten support page link seems to be broken at the moment. I will look into it.

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Re: Atten sponge holders rust after single use

by adafruit2 on Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:43 pm

do you mean these stations?
https://www.adafruit.com/product/3565
they're pretty low cost, we'll see if they'll sell us replacements, we don't have any stocked and it could take a while until they get back to us. although, we haven't heard of this before so perhaps check the students arent soaking the sponges totally wet.

for now - you can use them as is, or line em with common tin-foil, the rust doesn't affect functionality!

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