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    so do you just wipe it off or what?
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    get a big unneeded cloth and clean it right off.. be careful though not to drop some on the side of the chip cause those inner corners are hard to clean.. for me anyways..

    wipe it until you can see yourself on it

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    any need for alcohol or anything?
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    I cleaned mine with Qtips...over and over and over again until it was clean...took alot. So do you need alcohol? No. Does alcohol help alot? YES.

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    on the actual chip i'd say no, it cleans up pretty well just with tissue and a quick blow.

    But some heatsinks that don't have a smooth finish will be hard to clean without alchohol. Artic Silver sent over some of there cleaning product and the work very well, i always use this stuff to clean up heatsinks. It last for years (at least a year) too, and you can imagine how many times i use this stuff a month.

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    I just use tissue hehe.. unless its hard to remove, i use alcohol... cant remember the other word.. iso something
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbine View Post
    I just use tissue hehe.. unless its hard to remove, i use alcohol... cant remember the other word.. iso something
    isopropyl

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    Thats the badger!!!
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    thats rubbing alcohol isent it?
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    yup and works a treat!
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    90% isopropyl rubbing alch. works REALLy well when cleaning heatsinks...so thats my suggestion ^_^

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    I use old clean terry cloth to get the worst off. Then rub with microfiber eye glass cloth with MethlEthylKeytone(MEK) or Acetone (cleans the pores of the metal). Keep using new area of cloth until no color remains on the cloth. Use this on CPU cap and heatsink base. Careful not to get any on MB. MEK & Acetone are HIGHLY flamable -no smoking or sparks nearby. Do not breath vapors. Punch small hole in cap to reduce evaporation and vapors.

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    I used lighter fluid (my brother suggested it as he uses it)
    However, I recently bought a bottle of Akasa TIM cleaner. It'll last a lifetime considering how big the bottle is.

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    For me, I just get some kitchen towel, and rub it off, and it peels off like a treat.

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    Hi all, new to this forum
    Well... a hardware technician has teach me a trick: when the old termal paste is too hard, just get a hair dryer and warm it for 3-5 minutes, then you can remove it easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2001Odyssey View Post
    Hi all, new to this forum
    Well... a hardware technician has teach me a trick: when the old termal paste is too hard, just get a hair dryer and warm it for 3-5 minutes, then you can remove it easily.
    that is a good idea lol, i normally just use my alcohol soaked rag and scrubbed away

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