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    Isopropanol ok to Remove ArcticSilver?

    Hi, I'm changing a motherboard, I have Isopropanol to clean Artic silver from the heatsink and cpu, do I really need anything other than this? Local shops have Akasa TimClean and Arcticsilver recommend their own stuff which I'd have to order and wait for, isopropanol good enough? thanks

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    Re: Isopropanol ok to Remove ArcticSilver?

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    Re: Isopropanol ok to Remove ArcticSilver?

    I used a tissue to get rid of the stock intel thermal paste from the CPU.

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    Re: Isopropanol ok to Remove ArcticSilver?

    oh okay thanks

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    Re: Isopropanol ok to Remove ArcticSilver?

    Quote Originally Posted by Link97 View Post
    I used a tissue to get rid of the stock intel thermal paste from the CPU.
    Whilst this is good using something like rubbing alcohol or pure ethanol can help remove any invisible traces so when you apply the next layer it's all 'clean'.

    It should be ok though. What I've done in the past is dipped a cotton bud in some cleaning spirit and polished the cpu heatspreader with that. Last time I just rubbed it off with toilet paper and smudged some new stuff on though, depends what I've got at the time...
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    Re: Isopropanol ok to Remove ArcticSilver?

    IPA wipes are sent out with every HP motherboard swap, so yeh its fine.

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    Re: Isopropanol ok to Remove ArcticSilver?

    Isopropranol, or IPA, is ideal. Its probably the best stuff you could use, but be careful not to spill any on plastics - you'll regret it

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    Re: Isopropanol ok to Remove ArcticSilver?

    Use lint free cloth..... (or coffee filters..) as tissue and cotton buds can leave tiny particles behind....
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    Re: Isopropanol ok to Remove ArcticSilver?

    Quote Originally Posted by EarlGrey View Post
    Isopropranol, or IPA, is ideal. Its probably the best stuff you could use, but be careful not to spill any on plastics - you'll regret it
    Err no he won't, you are thinking of acetone which can attack some plastics. IPA is absolutely fine with plastics and it's the reason why it is preferred over acetone for cpu cleaning.
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    Re: Isopropanol ok to Remove ArcticSilver?

    yeh i use it to get fag smoke stains off pub projectors when they come in for repair, not melted one yet.

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    Re: Isopropanol ok to Remove ArcticSilver?

    I use baby wipes to clean my puter bits.

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    Re: Isopropanol ok to Remove ArcticSilver?

    Quote Originally Posted by iranu View Post
    you are thinking of acetone which can attack some plastics. IPA is absolutely fine with plastics and it's the reason why it is preferred over acetone for cpu cleaning.
    oh, ok - fair enough Useful to know

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    Re: Isopropanol ok to Remove ArcticSilver?

    TFT screen clean wipes work too.

    tbh i used to clean the worse junk off with kitchen roll. then clean up with isoproponal and swabs.

    Cleaning off the caked on junk is /interesting/ at times. Worst one i had to use a razor blade to slowly scrape it off with.

    todays pastes and pads tend to be alot better than the older stuff.
    The old white paste junk was horrible for drying out and sticking HSF to chips.

    :edit: FYI Articsilver is conductive afaik so dont get it on traces or anything that could short.

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