AAH said:Just to clarify so bad things don't happen. When Eddy is talking about a hot air gun he's talking about something like http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2in1-Hot-Air-Gun-Digital-Solder-Rework-Station-SMD-OZ-/350409771145?pt=AU_B_I_Electrical_Test_Equipment&hash=item51960cc889 not a heatshrink or paint removal hot air gun. I used to hand solder every smd component that I used and I use lots but now I use paste and a hot air gun almost exclusively. I use an 18 gauge needle to dispense with and i've shortened it down to only about 5mm as the paste can be a bit hard to squeeze through. Ideally a thinner needle or a proper dispensing needle would do a better job at applying a fine bead but with persistence and care the needle will do. I found the size of the dispensing needle that comes with the strobe and I assume the 5050 kits to be too large and the bead that you lay down gives you too much solder.
Im not sure what the size is of the air gun tip is but i use the size that was the middle size of what came with the air gun. That was last year. This year i doubt i will actually even use a tip on the airgun as what is really important is that you dont use too much air pressure so that the parts get moved with the air.Skunberg said:Eddy do you use your hot air without a tip? 3/4 inch end size about. Or a tip of what size? (approx).