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Old 06-20-2012, 05:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can I clean off the thermal paste from an AMD stock hestsink?

Hey. Title says it all. I have some thermal paste remover and was wondering if I could apply it to an AMD stock heat sink/CPU fan to clean the old thermal paste? It's quite messy right now.

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Old 06-20-2012, 05:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Can I clean off the thermal paste from an AMD stock hestsink?

Should be able to.

I just always use isopropyl alcohol and coffee filters. Cheaper that way .
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Default Re: Can I clean off the thermal paste from an AMD stock hestsink?

Yup, unused coffee filters work best
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I would hope somebody would have enough foresight to not use a USED coffee filter... lol.
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Default Re: Can I clean off the thermal paste from an AMD stock hestsink?

Alcohol and Qtips for me. I use a paper towel to get the majority of the goop off unless it is my paste job.
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I would hope somebody would have enough foresight to not use a USED coffee filter... lol.
Yes, but you'd think soeone wouldnt cut the tab off a pci-e either......
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Default Re: Can I clean off the thermal paste from an AMD stock hestsink?

I just use paint stripper or my sisters nail varnish remover. I know.. some people do not recommend using them for various reasons, but I have always found them to work great with no noticeable side effects.
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Yes, but you'd think soeone wouldnt cut the tab off a pci-e either......
...touche sir, touche.
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I use H202 and cotton balls.
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Careful with peroxide, it can eat other parts
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