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Old 02-27-2007, 05:14 PM   #1
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What would you use to clean off thermal paste to reapply? Aside from the baught stuff, like something everyone would have at home.
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:20 PM   #2
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According to the Arctic Silver manual, use some isopropyl alcohol or an acetone based cleaner. And for the heatsink, use isopropyl alcohol or a xylene based cleaner.

Get it off with a paper towel, Q-Tip, or a toothbrush.

Look at this:
http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_s...tions_big2.htm
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:26 PM   #3
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So just get the remaining off with a paper towel or QTip and then clean it with the alcohol again same way?
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:30 PM   #4
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Yeah, basically. Read this:

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Arctic Silver thermal compound can easily be removed from hardware using the proper cleaners and tools. For general clean-up, a cloth or paper towel will work well. Intricate cleaning can be accomplished with Q-tip swabs. An old toothbrush can often get the compound out of crevices that other tools cannot reach.

The recommended cleaners are:

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ArctiClean 1 Thermal Material Remover followed by ArctiClean 2 Thermal Surface Purifier. If you do not have ArctiClean, use high-purity isopropyl alcohol or acetone and a bit of careful rubbing.
Do not use nail polish remover as it contains fragrance oils and other contaminants.
(If you use acetone, do a final cleaning with isopropyl alcohol.)
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Dont laugh... cud u use lemon juice?, a tiny bit, or is it too acidic?. U can use it for most stuff to clean them spotlessly lol i have a new heatsink coming soon. But im thinking perhaps it might be too acidic.
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:14 PM   #6
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i personally use 91% rubbing alcohol, or arti clean.
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:16 PM   #7
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I just use rubbing alcohol.
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goo-gone works pretty well too
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i like to use isoproply alcohol, and q-tips. works effectively
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Old 02-28-2007, 11:22 AM   #10
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I wouldn't use lemon juice...besides, most cleaners are bases, not acids...

Also, mote that once you apply thermal paste to a heatsink, you can never fully get it off, because it sticks in the microscopic valleys.
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