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Short question.

Is it ok/safe to clean/flush Radiators with Vinegar?
 
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ive allways use white vin to flush new kit, dose i put about 50 to 100ml to a1lt of distilled water, i also run it through the whole loop for a day, it brings waterblocks back to new.
 
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i also run it through the whole loop for a day
I would like to do that but it would be almost impossible to drain the front Rads, if i would knew this before i would have ordered more tubes and would put together the Loop outside the Case and clean it that way, that is why i want to flush every Rad separately till they aren't inside the case.
 
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ive allways use white vin to flush new kit, dose i put about 50 to 100ml to a1lt of distilled water, i also run it through the whole loop for a day, it brings waterblocks back to new.
^^Same here.

Though it depends on your level dilution. Just remember that vinegar can do a number on plated blocks if the concentration is too high, left too long, or both. Just be reasonable about it and should be fine. Also, it's not a replacement for using a toothbrush on the fins in the case there's a blockage. Make sure you do enough flushes when cleaning up.
 

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I've never cleaned/flush a Rad before, but this time i want to try, some said that it can be done with tap water ( Hot ) i just want to clean the Rads inside just to remove any residue left.
 
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i wouldnt use tap water unless i had nothing else, the trouble with tap water is loads of other stuff living in it ie aluge spores ect. ive use the above vin mix since really watercooling began in the late 90s and have never had a prob.
 

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ive use the above vin mix since really watercooling began in the late 90s and have never had a prob.
Doesn't need to be flush just to remove the Vinegar left? and what distilled water do you use?
 
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the stuff you top batterys with just keep clear the stuff which has anti scale in it like the distilled thay use for pressing cloths ect. i wouldnt worry about whats left after draining unless i was filling with one of those pearly colours cus viniger could make it clump at a guess. sorry i keep adding to this but im in vr at the mo so am multytasking :) .
 
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If done properly, no problem, at last with copper rads. It must be flushed with water before using. Here's how we generally do,

1. Drain Loop.
2. Remove rads.
3. Make a loop with the rads ... Pump ... Rad 1 .... Rad 2 ... Gallon Container for solids to drop out .... Pump
4. Fill container with vinegar solution .... run pump ... fill container again (as needed)
5. Next I drop the container and leave open ended discharge into sink .... instead of pump, use tap water ... There are no algae and spores in tap water or it wouldn't be tap water.... water supplier would be shut down, Leave tap water in a an open container for a bit and yes, your tap water will absorb algae, spores, years, etc from air. Note that distilled water if left in open container will do the same. While freshly distilled water has a PH of 7.0, if your container is left open, the water will absorb carbon dioxide, creating carbonic acid and pH will drop to acidic range of 5.8 or a little lower. I change the tap water temp and volume to shake any flux or whatever loose.
6. Finally will run freshly prepared DW on sealed container thru the loop for 4-6 hours, replace it with another filling and circulate again .... before putting in the final DW with desired algaecides and corrosion inhibitors.... is specially prepared manufacturer coolant depending on owner wishes.

It must be noted that vinegar is best avoided with aluminum rads and can cause problems with blocks and fitting with aluminum components or fasteners.

But if you want to do a more thorough job, I'd recommend the "Blitz Kit" prepared specifically for this purpose. I have used it after vinegar cleaning and was amazed at the aadditional amount of crap collected in the container.


Again not to be used in aluminum rads or in anything except copper rads, keep away from other metal parts in your system.
 

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If done properly, no problem, at last with copper rads. It must be flushed with water before using. Here's how we generally do,

1. Drain Loop.
2. Remove rads.
3. Make a loop with the rads ... Pump ... Rad 1 .... Rad 2 ... Gallon Container for solids to drop out .... Pump
4. Fill container with vinegar solution .... run pump ... fill container again (as needed)
5. Next I drop the container and leave open ended discharge into sink .... instead of pump, use tap water ... There are no algae and spores in tap water or it wouldn't be tap water.... water supplier would be shut down, Leave tap water in a an open container for a bit and yes, your tap water will absorb algae, spores, years, etc from air. Note that distilled water if left in open container will do the same. While freshly distilled water has a PH of 7.0, if your container is left open, the water will absorb carbon dioxide, creating carbonic acid and pH will drop to acidic range of 5.8 or a little lower. I change the tap water temp and volume to shake any flux or whatever loose.
6. Finally will run freshly prepared DW on sealed container thru the loop for 4-6 hours, replace it with another filling and circulate again .... before putting in the final DW with desired algaecides and corrosion inhibitors.... is specially prepared manufacturer coolant depending on owner wishes.

It must be noted that vinegar is best avoided with aluminum rads and can cause problems with blocks and fitting with aluminum components or fasteners.

But if you want to do a more thorough job, I'd recommend the "Blitz Kit" prepared specifically for this purpose. I have used it after vinegar cleaning and was amazed at the aadditional amount of crap collected in the container.


Again not to be used in aluminum rads or in anything except copper rads, keep away from other metal parts in your system.
That is a very effective way, however i want to do something more simple where i just need to add into the rads port ( Distilled water, vinegar, etc.) or whatever i will use to clean it shake the rads a few times flush it and done.

any ideas?

Btw, the Rads are still in their respective boxes, i still haven't mounted them.
 
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Hi,
Don't know where behind a vpn is lol but any walmart... has distilled water

I substitute mayhems part 2 with a couple drops of dawn ultra dish soap
But I too make a temporary loop for flushing rads... and I use a glass gas filter to catch all the crap that don't seem to come out just hand shacking.... but I still shack just as the pump is running 100% seems to work ;)
 

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i use this to clean hoses and rads:
 

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ive never had a problem with acrylic staining with white vin.
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stuck the white led on to show, my gpu block is over 3 years old and ive never had it to bits to clean yet it could do with a toothbrush to tell the truth.
 
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There are no algae and spores in tap water or it wouldn't be tap water.... water supplier would be shut down,

False, tap water contains impurities (minerals and living organisms) unlike distilled water. Depending on where you live and where the tap water comes from, the amount of impurities varies. Ever hear of Flint Mich? Distilled water is 100% pure water with zero impurities. Damn, with all the knowledge you seem to have, and you didn't know this? And I thought it was common knowledge?


here's what's in your state's clean tap water you are using in your water-cooling loop- https://www.istapwatersafe.com/epa-...eZzSveGmJ93KV29kWqsQ4_FXBc_zZYoBoC08IQAvD_BwE
 
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That is a very effective way, however i want to do something more simple where i just need to add into the rads port ( Distilled water, vinegar, etc.) or whatever i will use to clean it shake the rads a few times flush it and done.

any ideas?

Btw, the Rads are still in their respective boxes, i still haven't mounted them.
The writer of that is pretty clueless.
And what about acrylic, doesn't the vinegar ruin it?
That would be rather impossible.
False, tap water contains impurities (minerals and living organisms) unlike distilled water. Depending on where you live and where the tap water comes from, the amount of impurities varies. Ever hear of Flint Mich? Distilled water is 100% pure water with zero impurities. Damn, with all the knowledge you seem to have, and you didn't know this? And I thought it was common knowledge?


here's what's in your state's clean tap water you are using in your water-cooling loop- https://www.istapwatersafe.com/epa-...eZzSveGmJ93KV29kWqsQ4_FXBc_zZYoBoC08IQAvD_BwE
This.
 

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Tbh, i haven't found yet an answer that convinced me what to use to cleans the Rads, one person says this work the other says it doesn't work, another one says try/use this the other says dont use it/try it, confused :oops:
 
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Ive been using CLR to clean my rads for years with great success. For new rads i just use distilled being that they should already be clean for the most part already. Altho ive heard that alphacool rads can be unusually dirty as new but i have no personal experience with them yet.
Have you found something in your loop or is this a maintenance flush?
 

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Have you found something in your loop or is this a maintenance flush?
No, the Radiators are still Brand new in their boxes, i have never cleaned a radiator before and i don't understand why this time i am obsessed about cleaning it.
 
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if the rads are new just half fill em with Distilled water and puts some plugs in and give them a good sheck and let the water out and your good to go buddy.
 

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if the rads are new just half fill em with Distilled water and puts some plugs in and give them a good sheck and let the water out and your good to go buddy.
I will do that, next time when i need to change the coolant then i will clean it properly.

i would like to buy something like this Water Cooling Thermometer but i am scared because that is Aluminum, is there anything better i could bay?
 
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the theads look pvc to me , email the seller and ask.
 
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Keyboard Black Aluminun Mechanical Clicky Thing With Blue LEDs, hows that for a name?!
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Pretty much all of the big manufacturers have a version of that. Im pretty sure the housing of the one you linked is aluminum. The interior looks like plastic but i would try to contact them to be certain. I think i would check out something from heatkiller or ek for comparisons sake to be sure your getting a quality guage.
 
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