Cleaning Thermal Compounds

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Cleaning Thermal Compounds

Post by kappage » Fri Jul 13, 2007 8:03 am

Simple Question how do you get it off when it comes to replacing??
I use to use a paper towel very carefully but it doesn't work on Graphics cards.

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Re: Cleaning Thermal Compounds

Post by Apoptosis » Fri Jul 13, 2007 8:45 am

ArctiClean is the bomb, but you can also use Isopropyl alcohol if you have some around the house

http://www.arcticsilver.com/arcticlean.htm

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Re: Cleaning Thermal Compounds

Post by CMcguire » Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:19 pm

I used ispropyl alcohol and cotton buds for cleaning the thermal paste on my cpu/heatsink
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Re: Cleaning Thermal Compounds

Post by bigblockmatt » Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:29 pm

I use the arctic cleaning stuff - i got some cleaner and sanitizer or something like that... i have used a paper towel but that can leave some fibers. i have also used a coffee filter - it worked fine.
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Re: Cleaning Thermal Compounds

Post by Tech_Greek » Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:48 pm

I vote for a paper towel! hehe :finga:

Haven't had a problem yet!

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Re: Cleaning Thermal Compounds

Post by Zertz » Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:03 pm

bigblockmatt wrote:I use the arctic cleaning stuff - i got some cleaner and sanitizer or something like that... i have used a paper towel but that can leave some fibers. i have also used a coffee filter - it worked fine.
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Re: Cleaning Thermal Compounds

Post by KnightRid » Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:39 am

Tissue with Isopropyl Alcohol (yes I scrolled to see that spelling :p )

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Re: Cleaning Thermal Compounds

Post by kenc51 » Sat Jul 14, 2007 6:02 am

What re-use a CPU? Aren't they disposable ;)
Nah, I use Arctic Cleaner, you can't beat it....it only takes seconds and it lasts for a good while
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Re: Cleaning Thermal Compounds

Post by DMB2000uk » Sat Jul 14, 2007 9:38 am

I use Akasa TIM remover and it works fine. It is citrus based which Arctic moans that you shouldn't use, but I haven't seen any problems.

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Re: Cleaning Thermal Compounds

Post by bigblockmatt » Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:38 am

Taken from the Artic Silver Site on applying http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/appinst ... e_wcap.pdf
To optimally clean the CPU heatspreader surface use ArctiClean steps 1 and 2 or adequately by using a low residual solvent (high-purity isopropyl alcohol) and a LINT FREE cloth (a lens cleaning cloth or a coffee filter).
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