Good morning, all! While technically minded, I am brand new to repairing PC Bs. I'd therefore greatly appreciate relatively simple explanations and you r indulgence of my ignorance.
I recently obtained a Geiger counter which was in need of being rebuilt. Be cause it was manufactured in 1962, the components are large and provide me with plenty of working room. After desoldering all components, I took a loc ksmith's file (very small and fine) and took off just the immediate outer l ayer of the leads of the components. My intention was to remove existing so lder and any other "gunk". As soon as I began to see the copper color of th e lead showing through, I stopped and moved on to the next. After doing thi s for all components, I soldered them back in and everything is working per fectly...for now.
I ran across some information AFTER doing this that tells me that might hav e been a bad idea. Are component leads coated with something protective tha t I should have left on? Should I expect earlier-than-usual failure from an y of my components since I filed off this outer layer? Any insight is much appreciated.
Thanks a ton!