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Grechie
11-24-08, 04:10 AM
Hey guys, just wondering if this can clean the thermal paste off my cpu ? Im wanting to add some artic silver 5

From what i can remember, it contains ethanol, water alcohol, isopropyl, and something else not sure cant remember.

My mate reckons hes used them on Mac logic boards and theyve been fine.

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h269/Grechie/ThermalCleaningStuff.jpg

thanks

ViN86
11-24-08, 07:20 AM
Hey guys, just wondering if this can clean the thermal paste off my cpu ? Im wanting to add some artic silver 5

From what i can remember, it contains ethanol, water alcohol, isopropyl, and something else not sure cant remember.

My mate reckons hes used them on Mac logic boards and theyve been fine.

thanks

i just use coffee filters. no free fibers. i never use solvents.

john19055
11-24-08, 10:57 AM
I just get the highest percent rubbing alcohol ,useally 90% and use a dust free cloth.

methimpikehoses
11-24-08, 11:14 AM
Goof-off.

Tr1cK
11-24-08, 11:16 AM
I use Goof-Off or Oops cleaners to remove the majority. I then use 90% isopropyl alcohol to clean it and remove any reside left from the Oops.

Dreamweavernoob
11-24-08, 11:42 AM
Can you use standard alcohol? The only stuff used for cleaning it is so damn expensive here that I could upgrade my chip :|

Is 40% strength enough? Anything I can use?

Absolution
11-24-08, 02:29 PM
They won't give the best results, but I suppose you can. I mean, I've just wiped the stuff off with a paper towel before.

Just make sure if there is a high % of water, you wait for it to be absolutely dry.

CaptNKILL
11-24-08, 02:47 PM
If you use anything under 90% make sure to let the CPU sit and dry off for a long time. You do NOT want any water or moisture on the CPU when it is installed or when it is boxed up if you are selling it.

Logical
11-24-08, 04:21 PM
I use a Citrus based solvent to remove old thermal paste.

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/akticpuhecl.html

Redeemed
11-24-08, 06:34 PM
Yeah, after cleaning a CPU I normally let it sit in front of the fire all night.

It's nice and dry the next morning. :D



/sarcasm

betterdan
11-24-08, 06:43 PM
Goof-off.

No reason to call the guy names. :(

Grechie
11-24-08, 06:54 PM
ahh sweet thanks for responses, it contains

fabric, ethanol, water, isopropyl alkohol, glycerin, glyceryl laurate


so if i use it, let the cpu dry for awhile ?

Redeemed
11-24-08, 07:01 PM
ahh sweet thanks for responses, it contains

fabric, ethanol, water, isopropyl alkohol, glycerin, glyceryl laurate


so if i use it, let the cpu dry for awhile ?

Yes. ;)

A good method would be to place it in the microwave for 1 minute. Methim taught me to do this and it seems to work rather well. :D

Monolyth
11-24-08, 11:34 PM
@OP: I use 93% Isopropyl alcohol.

@Everyone else: The first time I saw this thread I had high hopes that someone would tell him to clean it with his man juice. However you all have fallen short of your duties...

One DOC has been deducted from all of you.

Absolution
11-25-08, 02:25 AM
Yes. ;)

A good method would be to place it in the microwave for 1 minute. Methim taught me to do this and it seems to work rather well. :D

That sounds like a horrible idea. . . .


Metal in the microwave?

Redeemed
11-25-08, 02:48 AM
That sounds like a horrible idea. . . .


Metal in the microwave?

Um... I was being sarcastic.

:lol:

bob saget
11-25-08, 02:57 AM
now you tell me :( :(
guess i can put it in the report :(

http://socalfireclaimexperts.com/images/San_Diego_house_on_fire.jpg

Dreamweavernoob
11-25-08, 04:54 AM
Um... I was being sarcastic.

:lol:

Very dangerous your sarky answer...........being on the next page.


I could just see the OP actually microwaving it before reading the next page.


ROFL that would be great.

:headexplode:

XDanger
11-25-08, 07:31 AM
something that leaves 0 residue

Nothing with added oil or lemon zest flavrz as that will clog the microscopic pores of the metal when it evaporates and reduce heat transfer by 0.006% EXACKLY!

nekrosoft13
11-25-08, 08:10 AM
Yeah, after cleaning a CPU I normally let it sit in front of the fire all night.

It's nice and dry the next morning. :D


just use hair dryer on high settings

Dreamweavernoob
11-25-08, 08:54 AM
something that leaves 0 residue

Nothing with added oil or lemon zest flavrz as that will clog the microscopic pores of the metal when it evaporates and reduce heat transfer by 0.006% EXACKLY!

so using whiskey, will leave.................whiskey bits? :headexplode:

wysiwyg
11-25-08, 09:30 AM
nail varnish remover or lighter fluid

but i used akasa tim remover

|MaguS|
11-25-08, 09:32 AM
I just get the highest percent rubbing alcohol ,useally 90% and use a dust free cloth.

Same, Sometimes use a Q-Tip to start and then switch to the cloth so I don't crap up the cloth with the initial glob you rub off the heatsink and cpu.

einstein_314
11-25-08, 09:55 AM
I use anti-static wipes with 99.9% isopropyl alcohol. Seems to do the trick.