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Old 08-22-2013, 01:51 PM
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Johnson's lead free body solder. Anyone try it?

They say it was engineered by ford and Gm in the 70's as replacement for lead. I think they are a lot cheaper than Eastwood's version. Just wondering if anyone has tried it and what were the results. I'm thinking of getting some and the flux for the lead free body solder as well. I'd like to get some to replace lead seams and for pitting in glass channels and minor stuff like that. Maybe I'll get the boss to pay for the sticks.

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never seen it! just helping bump it to the top. so maybe someone will chime in.
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yeah, it sounds like great stuff, minus the acidity that you'd get with lead.
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Used Johnsons lead free body solder on my 38 chev coupe chop. Worked really well and it has been 2 1/2 years with paint with no problems. Be sure after (and I mean right after) you solder, to scrub the area with baking soda and water to neutralize the acid. The surrounding sheet metal will rust within minutes and continue to rust if you don't use soda. I believe Eastwood buys their solder and flux from Johnsons and just re labels and ups the price a lot. Good idea to do some learning testing on some old panels to get the feel, but goes on pretty easy. I used a propane torch, but you can use a rosebud torch. Just keep the temp down to avoid distorting your panels. Shape with a vixen file, scrub with soda and finish with a skim coat of plastic filler. Good luck!
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thanks for the tips. Do you remember how much the sticks were per pound in comparison to Eastwood's? I think Eastwood sells it for $60 a pound. If Johnson's are a lot cheaper I'm thinking they better do some better marketing cause Eastwood is probably selling a lot more for, well... a lot more!
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thanks for the tips. Do you remember how much the sticks were per pound in comparison to Eastwood's? I think Eastwood sells it for $60 a pound. If Johnson's are a lot cheaper I'm thinking they better do some better marketing cause Eastwood is probably selling a lot more for, well... a lot more!
I could look it up in my pile of receipts, but I just went on line to johnsons and bought directly from them. As I remember it was around 1/3 what eastwood was charging.
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