LowMelt® DeSolder Wire     Removes Chip Quick & Easy       SMD Removal     PCB Rework & Repair    SMT DeSoldering
 LOWMELT® DE-SOLDER PROCESS
Low Temperature SMD & Thru-Hole Removal. Available Also in a Lead-Free and RoHS Compliant Formulation!

 Step 1

Preheating PCB

Always Preheat First. Place your PCB into your fixture above the ZT-1 AIRBATH as shown at the left. Begin the preheat process by flipping the rocker switch the "Warm." mode (Recommended setting: 150°C)

 
 Step 2A
Fluxing PCB

Dip Swab Into Flux. As PCB pre-heats, insert a small anti-static foam swab into flux as shown. (Recommended: A thin anti-static foam swab and tack flux (No-Clean Flux).

 Step 2B

Appy Flux

Apply Flux. Make application of flux to each lead/land interface of the targeted SMD to be removed. (Note: For graphic contrast, a white foam swab is shown at left).

 
 Step 3A

Select LOWMELT®. Take a  strand of  LOWMELT® DeSolder wire from  tube as shown in the right photo. (Note: Only use certified Zephyrtronics alloy.)

 Step 3B

LowMelt to Remove Chip Quick

Apply LOWMELT®. Using economy and in a random manner, melt LOWMELT® into existing joints of the SMD only as each lead requires. Co-metalization begins.

 
   
 Step 3C

LowMelt DeSolder Wire

Because some joints will always have more solder than others, some leads will need more LOWMELT®. Typically (not always), an SMD's four corners need a bit more.

 Step 4
SMD Removal

Lift and Remove SMD. Using a soft suction lifting device such as the ZT-3-MIL AIRPICK, lift SMD up and off of the PCB. (Note: Use of the ESD safe ZT-3 guarantees no lifting of pads.)

 
  Step 5A
PRO 8

Easy Clean Up. Dip Swab Into Flux. Maintaining pre-heating at 150°C, insert anti-static foam swab into flux as shown. (Recommended: the Anti-Static Swab and tack NoClean Flux).

 Step 5B
PCB Clean Up, LowMelt

Remove Excess Solder. Using fluxed swab, gently push residual solder into a single sphere and remove with solder sucker or push up onto a card.

 
 Step 5C
Polishing Pads

Repeat Step 5b. A good rule of thumb: repeat cleaning with a new, large foam swab dipped again in flux. This second flux swabbing polishes pads in prep for new SMD placement.

 Step 6A
Non-Flammable, Flux Remover

Cool Down & Final Cleaning. Flip rocker switch of ZT-1 AirBath to "Cool" mode to cool down PCB. Insert large anti-static foam swab into flux remover. (We recommend A Non-Flammable Flux Remover.)

 
 
 Step 6B
PCB Final Inspection

Swab PCB with Flux Remover. As PCB cools under ZT-1 AirBath, swab area where SMD was removed with Flux Remover as shown.

 Step 7

Video Demo: SMD Removal & LowMelt®

P C Board Inspection

Inspect.  Inspect your substrate and pads. Turn off ZT-1 AirBath. Note: the entire removal process was with non-contact warm air below 150°C.

   

Now that you have successfully removed your SMT component, it's just as easy to place and solder a new one back onto the pads. For SMD placement and soldering, please be sure to see our full color, step-by-step Process Guide at "SMD Soldering As It Should Be" or check out the short, but helpful video at the right.

Click to learn more about the history and benefits of the popular Zephyrtronics LowMelt®DeSolder.

 

Please note: Zephyrtronics has packaged all of the above described chemicals, anti-static swabs, LowMelt® DeSolder and more in our LMK Benchtop Kits...our BluePrint for the Bench™.  Please make sure that you check out both of our classic Leaded and our Lead-Free Benchtop Soldering / DeSoldering Kits.

 
The Amazing LowMelt® DeSolder is available right now in our convenient storage/shipping tubes (shown at right) in either of the two following popular quantities (Each shipment includes a Certificate of Metallurgical Compliance from the Zephyrtronics Quality Group and MSDS).

LOWMELT® DE-SOLDER WIRE

Description

Item Price Buy Now


Classic, Traditional
 LowMelt®
De-Solder Wire
With Lead

LMS-0137 LOWMELT® DE-SOLDER WIRE
( 137cm / 4.5 ft )

$31.00


LMS-0243 LOWMELT® DE-SOLDER WIRE
( 243cm / 8 ft )

$51.00


LMS-0487 LOWMELT® DE-SOLDER WIRE
( 487cm / 16 ft )

$92.00


LMS-0975 LOWMELT® DE-SOLDER WIRE
( 975cm / 32 ft )

$169.00


Description

Item Price Buy Now


RoHS Compliant
Lead-Free
 ZeroLead
® LowMelt®
De-Solder Wire

ZLM-0137 LOWMELT® ZEROLEAD® DE-SOLDER WIRE
( 137cm / 4.5 ft )

$31.50


ZLM-0243 LOWMELT® ZEROLEAD® DE-SOLDER WIRE
( 243cm / 8 ft )

$53.00


ZLM-0487 LOWMELT® ZEROLEAD® DE-SOLDER WIRE
( 487cm / 16 ft )

$97.95


ZLM-0975 LOWMELT® DE-SOLDER WIRE
( 975cm / 32 ft )

$189.00


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