Basic question here, but it's driving me insane!
The solder does not seem to stick to the tip of my soldering iron. After the iron heats up, the tip appears black (sometimes on all sides and sometimes on one side), then either it doesn't melt the solder at all, or it I fiddle around with it for a while; it melts the solder, but the solder rolls into itself into a ball and doesn't stick to the tip.
I've seen this many times while soldering before and usually it's solved by cleaning the tip on a soldering sponge or cooling it down and scraping the tip off with a blade, but I have scraped this particular one many times and still it's the same problem: it heats up and gets black, then the solder doesn't stick to it.
It doesn't help that this soldering iron has a very fine tip and I have to use it to solder very tiny chips and wires under a microscope (I'm just starting to learn soldering under microscopes).
Any ideas on what I can do?
PS: Is scraping the tip a bad idea? I have been doing it with my other bigger soldering irons and it seemed to work (at least in most cases) but I am not sure whether it is a good solution or not.