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Old 12-05-2008, 01:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have some Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound.
What's the best way to clean the old paste off?
Will alcohol work without damage?
I have some avionics cleaning compound but I am hesitant to use it.
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I usually use a credit card to get most of it off, then I polish it off with a solution of isopropyl rubbing alcohol and water.
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I didn't think alcohol would hurt it but the more eyes the better.
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It's best to use a coffee filter and dab a little of it in alcohol and just rub the paste off. Coffee filters are lint free, and works very well.
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It's best to use a coffee filter and dab a little of it in alcohol and just rub the paste off. Coffee filters are lint free, and works very well.
Coffee filter won't scratch it? It seems like it would be kind of course. Maybe that's the ticket though.
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I have always used coffee filters and isopropyl alcohol.

Coffee filters are lint free which is why the are used.
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Personally I just rub with some paper kitchen towel like bounty until it appears nicely polished. Don't do it often enough to warrant getting a bottle of iopropyl alcohol and I am not wasting good vodka.
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isopropyl alcohol < 1.50cents

This is how I do it.

Take as much thermal compound off using a credit card etc etc

Taking as much I can get off using papertowels

Dabbing iso alcohol on the end of a clean papertowel

Wiping the whole heat spreader down.

Repeat the process until no "grey matter" is present on the paper towel.

And wiping down AGAIN with optics safe towelette or equiv. (you can get them at eyeglass shops or some computer stores.)
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