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What do you use to wash your heatsinks with?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by de.das.dude, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. INSTG8R

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    I use Acetone. Residue free, plenty strong but you have to be careful with plastic parts tho it "can" eat certain surfaces. Easier to get here than Isopropyl. They lock that crap up here. I guess the drunks abuse it. When I lived in Canada it was great. My dad worked for a very large chemical company so he would bring home 99% Isopropyl by the Jug.
     
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    unused toothbrush, a bucket soapy water solutions are sufficient for me... :p

    and alcohol/acetone when cleaning any remaining thermal paste left over :toast:
     
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    unlike badjoe,, I use My toothbrush that I brush with. I find that the TIM add's a "pleasant" flavor, and the protection that My teeth really need in today's rigorous demanding lifestyle. :) Oh and Sometimes a Brillo Pad.

    Q-tip's W/ alcohol(90%)
    Sterile Moistened Cleaning wipes
    T/P
     
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    dishsoap and water.
     
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    I use WD40 for TIM and goo. Laundry soap or shampoo to get the oily film off, and Isopropyl alcohol for the squeaky clean. Mineral oil to shine and protect boards/plastics.
     
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    ^ i hope you take equal care of your mansword :p
     
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    LOL, I know. Kinda like Armor All on the tires before a car show.
     
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    Thread has taken a
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    I can't help it, im a technophile :D
     
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    can we please stick to cooler cleaning methods?
     
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    Good air filtration is king tho... You keep your room clean you don't have to polish your tires.. or heatsink. Magnetic filters and positive pressure all the way.
     
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    I just use dish soap and warm water ....Let air dry for the day clean thermal goop off cpu and install.I do this every six months the other just blow job the case with an air compressor.
     
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    yeah dish soap is good to remove any sticky dust and old tooth brush or you can soak it several minutes before brush it
    to dry heatsink better using air compressor
     
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    About 140 psi out of the air compressor for the heavy stuff and a mix of 1/2 distilled water and 1/2 white vinegar for the fan blades. Works well.

    I will add...the water/vinegar mix is the best lcd monitor cleaner I've come across - and it's essentially a dime a bottle. Two tips...spray the mix on the cloth lightly(not the monitor) and clean it only after the monitor has been powered off for at least an hour(room temp).

    The above mix works well for general cleaning too, decimates tobacco stains. I only use this, ammonia/distilled water, Dr. Woods/Dr. Bronners soaps, and steam as cleaning agents in my home...and it's Monk clean.

    Best,

    Liquid Cool
     
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    For me, a can of compressed air helps rid the heatsink fins of loose dust, for the more stubborn dust entrenched on the edge of the fins, a toothbrush or paintbrush help. I usually clean the contact surface with lighter fluid. I live in the the tropics, so the alu fins would be oxidized, so I woukd dipped the entire heatsink into a small pail or bucket of Coke....Coca Cola that is. Leave it for an hour or so, remove and the surface of the fins looked pretty good. For safety sake, I would shake it dry, wipe contact surface of the heatsink and leave it to air dry for a few hours. After that, reapply thermal goop and remount.
     
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    If I ever need to, It definitively will be 99% pure alcohol.
     
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    Well I use vacuum cleaner to suck and blow the dust first and then dip the heatsink in water, take a scotchbrite and clean all the shit. :)
     
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    Vacuum cleaner? Yeah um.....no.
     
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    Why?
     
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    Static electricity is not your friend.
     
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    How can static electricity damage a "dismounted from motherboard" heatsink which is washed by water afterwards? And I have serviced plenty of motherboards with vacuum cleaner. The suction helps a lot. But none have suffered any damage.
     
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    i think he was talking of computers in general. try to follow the derailed thread :)
     

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