If your solder has flux in it you should not need to get separate flux to tin the tip.
hard corrosion to build up
Yep Quotehard corrosion to build upIt's not the solder the iron you have is a great iron it just gets to hot and corrodes the tip when setting I use tip cleaner on mine radio shack sales it for $9:00. But thats a lot of work so I got a dimmer from Lowes and made a box with dimmer and outlet in it.Set that for about half heat till I need the iron and now she is great tip stays clean and if I need all that heat I still have it.Spent about a hour playing with the dimmer to make setting I can set and just use the iron.
When the tip is hot, plunge it into the compound, kind of rotate it in there, remove it, wipe it off.
Why "lead free"? Trying to do the world a favour? Forget it. Take her to lunch instead.I don't know how to keep a lead-free situation tip in good condition.> > > "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here!" < < <I use one of thesehttp://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062721all the same.When the tip is hot, plunge it into the compound, kind of rotate it in there, remove it, wipe it off.
It's not going to be that bad on you just us only when needed and us a fan to suck the fumes away. you'll be a ok then.