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Solder question

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I'm considering using bending some 60/40 rosin core solder I have laying around into simulated window gaskets for some odd shaped cab windows to help conceal some gaps bewteen the window and the window opening of my model. I already tried bending brass wire, but the solder does a better job of conforming to the window opening curves.

My question - at room temp, will the rosin leech out from the solder over time? Could this ruin the paint or etch/fog the plastic windows? Will solder even accept a coat of spray paint or an adhesive to bond it to the window opening? Thanks for any suggestions or insight.
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Hello Richard,

No, I didn't. Could I do this with my butane mini torch? How long would you recommend. BTW, this is for the shovel nose project I showed you. Just finished cutting the window openings last night.
Thanks all for the suggestions. I tried annealing, which definately improved the bendability. However, I ran out of wire, and just picked up some solid wire solder and will use that - will test the painting of it when it warms up a bit.
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