Michael, soldering approaches being an art form. To do it correctly w/o making the damage you're trying to fix worse, requires a lot of patience. The coating is there to seal the pc board traces from moisture and corrosion. There are a couple of ways to remove this coating. Least destructive is to use q-tips dipped in acetone or laquer thinner and rub the areas you want to wwork with. The least desirable way is to sure a sharp object and scrape the coating off. But,, on a cruise amp board, you will be doing a lot of scraping. Don't overheat the traces, or they will lift off of the fiberglass substrate. Be careful and you will be able to get this job done..
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No matter what you fix, there will always be something else to fix..
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