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#1 danger55

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 06:26 PM

G'day

A quick question...
In my haste to get my new rig up and running I realised that I didn't have any Artic Silver. So I just decided that the thermal paste that is already applied will be good enough. Now of course I have some ArticSilver and want to put it on.

Is it right that after a while, the paste generally 'melts' onto the surface and is very difficult to remove thoroughly? Or can I just use the good ol' rubbing alcohol to get it of before applying the new.

Appreciate any advice....

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 04:56 AM

There are three items in my arsenal for removing thermal compounds....rubbing alcohol (isopropyl), Acetone (nail polish remover) and lighter fluid. One of those will remove it, regardless of how long it's been on there.

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 01:57 PM

I use 91% rubbing alcohol. It comes right off. Just use a q-tip and keep applying until no residue is left.

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 02:28 PM

Ditto on the alcohol, it has always worked for me.

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#5 ikjadoon

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 05:56 PM

Yeah...Make SURE you use a Q-Tip. It seemed small at first, so I tried a napkin: bad idea. You get little bits of napkin all over and they are hard to get off.

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#6 d-mart

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 08:18 AM

cheap and readily available, use gasoline to rubb off.

#7 ikjadoon

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 02:01 PM

Gasoline? Cheap?!? lol, jk..

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 02:55 PM

gas? yeah right. funny. then just light a match and ALL of that thermal paste will come right off :)

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 03:32 PM

make sure to use the purest alcohol you can find. generally thats 91 like they said. Its definitely the safest of all the fluids mentioned.