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Best way to clean copper fins of heatsink?

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#1
The copper fins of my cpu cooler are dirty and blowing them with air is not enough.

They need to be rubbed - if I do it with thumb and finger that part becomes shiny again but it's not practical because the fins are too tight together.

How do you suggest I clean them?
Thanks.

Here's a reference pic:
 
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Could always buy some distilled water and bath it
 

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Obviously after removing the fan...

(Ops just realised the one in the picture doesn't have a fan!)
 
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maybe something like a pipe cleaner things or get a cloth and run it through the fins?
 
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try a paintbrush
 
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compressed air to remove large dust deposits, warm water bath with some vigorous shaking under water (kinda like how you shake your razor under water whilst shaving to remove cream and hair if you get me). Jobs a pidgeon.
 

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I pulled my Zalman cooler off, took it apart (fan out) and washed it with a toothbrush and soap/water. Rinsed in cool water and dried with Hair Dryer. Looked brand new after I put it all together and installed it.
 
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Wet a paper towel and wrap it around a business card, then just sweep between the fins like you're chopping something.
 

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compressed air. Follow up with a paint brush if needed.
 
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Man I really need to do this but loathe taking my scythe mugen II out :banghead:

Tried compressed air and it was crap tbh, the lore you use it, the more pressure it loses, may aswell just blow on the damn thing :rolleyes:

Paint brush seems like a good idea, may try that later tonight myself :toast:
 
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Paint brushes do work great, I use them when cleaning most things in my rig.


Distilled water is what I use for deep fins like that though, brushes just won't get rid of it all.
 
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yep i use paint brushes! the way forward for cleaning a pc if u ask me.
 
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if everything is removed i put Hertel or any other storng cleaner i let it there for 15 minutes then i open full load the hot water of bath and pass it under.....like new !
 

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Use a fuzzy pipe cleaner!
 

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#15
Vacuum cleaner, although you might want to remove the cooler first. Dunking it in distilled water and brushing it is also highly recommended.