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Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by MaximusExtreme, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. MaximusExtreme New Member

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    How to clean my waterblock copper ?

    Is EK Supreme Plexi waterblock

    I dont want to clean the water inside i want to clean the copper on the bottom.
     
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    First off, grab a coffee filter and wipe the most of thermal grease off. Then, for the fine remains, I use a cotton pad soaked with 70% alcohol. Then, give it a dry cleaning with a towel.

    Works perfectly for me.
     
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    rubbing alcohol + microfiber cloth = clean happy block:)
     
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    dremel with buffing pad and soft scrub or Ajax and soap. will make it look like a shiny 50% mirror.

    I did this on my tuniq tower and lowered temps by 5 deg.
     
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    ketchup and a paper towel.

    Then rubbing alcohol and coffee filters to get the ketchup off.
     
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    FTW :rockout:
     
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    I like using Goo Gone with coffee filter then 70% alcohol with coffee filter to finish her up.
     
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    I really should try out Ketchup. I hear good things about that stuff regarding cleaning blocks.

    Man I can already hear my non-techie friends...

    "Uhm, why do you have coffe filters, a bottle of Ketchup and pure alcohol on your desk?"
    "Duh, to clean copper bases, doofie!"

    :laugh:
     
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    That's better than them asking,"Why do you have coffee filters and a bottle of lotion at your desk!?" :laugh:
     
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    While on the subject of coffee filters, they also make great "lint-free towels" for cleaning off thermal compound. Just make sure they aren't used filters... :banghead:
     
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    There are a lot of ways to clean your blocks.

    1. Take apart your block so your just left with the copper plate.
    2. Get a little bowl where your copper plate can fit into.

    Now you have your choice of acids.
    1. Distilled vinegar... the type you find at the store. Dip the block in for about 15 min, and then rince with water IMEDIATELY or you will get oxidation FAST.

    2. Fill the bowl up with Coke.. yes the red can coke... I prefer regular over diet..
    Leave the block inside for a few hours... actually a good half day. And cover the top of the bowl with a plate...
    But make sure the block is COMPLETELY submerged... or you will get oxidation.

    3. You can sit there and buff with ketchup or taco sause, however i prefer the bowl action, as i can just leave it and walk away. :p
     
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    vinegar and salt. warm it up in a pot on the stove. then rinse with water. dont go past med-5 on the heat.
     
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    Ill tell you what, your going to end up taking off and putting back together lots of copper. Believe me, I just used to use the highest percent alcohol I could find at the drug store. Cmon !! break out with the pennies and just buy the right stuff!! The good stuff!! Artic Clean Thermal Material Remover first.... second Artic Clean Thermal Surface Purifier. They come together and they do a great job after yo finish buffing and polishing, use the Purifier last and you will get the best cohesion ever... Why bother with anything else when you can get this stuff for 12 bucks ?
     
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    2 ltr coke = 1.09.

    Does MANY MANY blocks.

    And u can drink the left over that u didnt use.
     
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    i still like ketchup
     
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    Traditional white toothpaste.

    Works on every metal ever.

    And polishes extremely well due to is abrasive nature!

    I'ma post pics of stuff I've polished up with tooth paste lol
     
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    I'm about to try some CLR on an old Dtek block I have lying around. The copper currently looks dark brown. blech!
     
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    im serious.. try coke...

    u guys think im kidding, but im not...

    It just takes time... but when your cleaning other stuff, the time goes by fast.

    Just make sure you seal your bowl, so the carbonic acid doesnt all escape into your room.
     
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    just do that with any other cleaner :laugh:
     
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    That's next. This CLR doesn't seem to be doing much. Some scale is coming off, but the copper is still brown. Fighting brown copper with brown soda makes perfect sense! I only have an old can of Pepsi, some diet Dr. Pepper or some generic Sprite to use. Which one? :laugh:
     
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    brown on brown warfare... just dont add in the wrong brown :roll:
     
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    Use toothpaste! seriously, the gentle abrasive properties it has is perfect for metal!

    I've turned horrible blocks and coolers into mirrors using paste :p
     
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    That is super funny, but Im sure Coke does certainly strip off any residue on the block!! The citric acid in the Ketchup should work too!! I still like ackey hol.
     
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    I think the pepsi is probably the most acidic, but just watch for sugary residue.

    We need a ghetto cleaner comparison:

     
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    buy a can of coke you cheapskate
     

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