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Old 08-03-2005, 03:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Removing old thermal paste?

After scraping off thermal compound with a plastic credit card, can you use something like rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab, or a coffee filter with a bit of alcohol on it to remove old thermal compound, or do you really need to purchase the special solvents???

Or will scraping and just wiping off excess material be enough without fully removing every speck?

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Old 08-03-2005, 03:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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don't use rubbing alchohol. It's a great conductor of electricity. Depending on what strength of the stuff you get, it can conduct better than some tap water. I think the compounds are the safest way to really do it unless you're feeling experimental.



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I use rubbing alchohol- haven't had a problem. Make sure you use a cloth that doesn't leave lint. (One used for lenses...)
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Rubbing Alachol

ALWAYS let the CPU dry (rubbing alachol dries quickly)
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ArctiClean is what Arctic Silver recommends. Otherwise, use a xylene based cleaner (like Goof Off and some carburetor cleaners) or 99% pure isopropyl alcohol can be used.

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I'll tell you what. I just finished rebuilding my PC. And I decided to pick up the ArctiClean - Thermal Remover and Surface Purifier. If you have a few extra bucks, do your self a favor and pick it up.

The Thermal Remover works incredibly well. It's a Citrus and soy based solvent. 1 Drop of this stuff breaks up the old thermal paste so well, it is extremely easy to remove it. It just wipes off clean. No scraping or fooling around with it. Awesome product.

The Surface purifier works well too. After you've used the remover, there is a slight residue left on the CPU die and the heatsink. So you use the purifier and remove all of the residue. I had the CPU DIE and the HS so clean, it was shinny enough to see my face in.
Then reapplying new thermal grease is made easier... It spreads on so well.

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