I am here to clarify doubt on soldermask for non plated holes. I know soldermask is used to protect board from oxidation and prevention of solder bridges and accurate placement of components to be soldered.

But in non plated holes I think it it is not necessary.

  1. is it important of given soldermask to non plated holes or not?
  2. Why so?
  • \$\begingroup\$ Do your non-plated holes have pad rings around them on the top and bottom sides? \$\endgroup\$ – Michael Karas Dec 10 '18 at 14:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ may i know about pad rings? \$\endgroup\$ – Hari Babu Dec 11 '18 at 4:00

For unplated holes it is better to pull back the solder mask by about 5-10 mils (assuming no pads) around the hole.

If there are pads (for example, for a mounting hole) you should pull back the solder mask enough to completely clear the screw head.


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