Saturday, 12 July 2014

Red Rouge Powder

Today I just thought I'd sing the praises of red rouge powder as a soldering aid.

At college we were taught to use tippex to paint onto parts we didn't want the solder to flow onto. This works fine, but the smell of burning tippex is awful, and I don't think it is very healthy to breathe in.

Red rouge powder, mixed with a little water - does the same job, quicker and easier.
You can buy it here (UK). A little goes a long way! That pot should last for years!

I mix a tiny amount with water, and apply with a small artist brush anywhere I don't want the solder to flow onto.

Red Rouge powder

Chain link to be soldered

Painted red

All done!

After a bit of cleaning with a silicon wheel - almost like new!


  1. Ooh, I never knew that - not even the tip-ex trick. Thanks for sharing. I've got to try it.

  2. Funny, we were taught to mix it with meths I seem to recall. Must try it with water. I hate doing the Tippex thing, as I am sure the fumes are utterly dangerous. Actually now I seem to recall I actually bought a ready made product for this - I can't remember using it though :-)


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