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Old 12-06-06, 07:53 AM   #1
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Lead-free brazing?

I'm looking to have a mid-80s Nishiki frame plated with electroless nickel. The guy at the plating shop said he could do the job, but wanted me to assure him that the brazing matrial used in the frame doesn't contain any lead, which he said would contaminate his plating bath. I told him I thought it didn't contain lead, but I didn't really know what the hell I was talking about. Are brazed, lugged frames assembled with lead-free brazing material? Anyone out there know?
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Old 12-06-06, 08:38 AM   #2
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No lead, it's brass... or silver... If he's doing nickel, he should be laying down copper first anyway.
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I agree with the above, the thing that seemed to be feared was cadmium in silver solder. I don't know about trace elements.

I own a nishiki, and it was Tig welded, I don't know if it is brazed at all.
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Lead-free brazing

Well, electoless nickel isn't the same as a bright nickel, which is polished. Electroless nickel is more an industrial finish--it's the same texture as the steel under it, not bright and polished. My understanding is that it's usually applied directly to the steel, without the copper plating that's the first step in a "triple chrome" job, where copper goes on first, then nickel, then the chrome
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