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OK to remove thermal compound with eclipse?

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by skankmaster, 25 Jul 2006.

  1. skankmaster

    Gangster

    Joined: 24 May 2004

    Posts: 439

    Is is ok to use alcohol (methanol alcohol) to clean the thermal compound off a heatsink and cpu? I have some eclipse fluid normally used for cleaning optics and this stuff leaves no residue. Or is WD40 more effective? Il probably be using lint free material such as pec-pads as I have a load of these sitting around when not strapped onto a spatula. :p

    Planning to cleanup an arctic cooler freezer heatsink for reuse.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Justintime

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 24 Jul 2006

    Posts: 8,869

    Location: Edmonton, London, UK

    I use rubbing alcohol.
     
  3. cobxx

    Gangster

    Joined: 22 Jun 2006

    Posts: 276

    DEFINATLY don't use wd40. Anything which evaporates completley will work. Isopropyl alcohol is the best if you can get some from a chemists.
     
  4. Justintime

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 24 Jul 2006

    Posts: 8,869

    Location: Edmonton, London, UK

    Maybe hes got a rusty core or heat spreader? :D :D :D