Can I Solder This?

Can I Solder This?

How often do you wonder whether you can solder a particular metal?  Let me help you out.  Here’s a handy chart:

soldering chart


Why can’t you solder those metals?

  • Aluminum – Requires specialized equipment, solder, and skill
  • Black Iron – Requires specialized flux and technique.  The resulting joint will not match the original metal
  • Enamel Coated Copper – Soldering will destroy the enamel coating leaving the wire thinner and colorless
  • Niobium – Because it’s a reactive metal
  • Non-tarnish (Anything) – Soldering will destroy the non-tarnish coating
  • Plated Metals – Will destroy the plating
  • Titanium – Because it’s a reactive metal

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