So I have to replace a SMD connector, and although i do have soldering experience, it's all with THT. I watched like 10 different YouTube videos on chip quik, and they all made it look so easy, so i figured I'd give it a try.
I've been trying to practice on an old junk motherboard first, but it feels like I must be doing something wrong.
First, I've noticed that it's pretty much impossible to tin the tip with chip quik, so I've tried both without tinning and tinning with normal solder, with pretty much the same results.
The way SMD soldering is applied with the tip is very new to me. I cover the joints in flux, but when I try to spread the solder out like they do in the videos, it just balls up and doesnt want to stick to any of the pins. I know this issue is usually caused by the joints not being hot enough, but none of the people in any of the videos heated up the joints, they just spread it out over the pins and kept it molten while they pulled the chip off.
After being very delicate, I managed to get the solder distributed over the joints, but when I try to make a second pass to keep the solder molten, it just balls up and pools wherever I put the iron, repelling away from many of the joints.
I have tried messing with my iron temp anywhere from the range of 250c to 400c with pretty much the same results. Have also tried both cone tips and chisel tips.
Could it be a problem with the quality of my tips or am I doing something wrong? It was a really cheap soldering iron but had great reviews and hasn't given me any problems yet. All of the tips I used were either new or only used a once or twice. I know theres probably some better quality tips out there but I'm not even sure how to find ones that fit. Most of the good ones seem to be for Weller irons.
Any input is greatly appreciated. I managed to successfully remove 1 SMD chip so far after some struggle, but all of the other attempts I couldn't even get it to budge.