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Use white spirits to clean off thermal paste?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by dagwoood, 24 Mar 2006.

  1. dagwoood


    Joined: 16 Nov 2005

    Posts: 695

    Location: West Midlands, UK.

    Is it advisable to use white spirits to clean the CPU and heatsink? On the Arctic Silver site, one of the items it says you can use is Mineral Spirits, but according to Google, in the UK we call it white spirits.

    I know Isopropyl alcohol is recommended, but it's not cheap and I'll probably only need it this one time. White spirits is cheap and easily to get hold of.

    Cheers, dagwoood.
  2. PapaLaz.uk


    Joined: 10 Sep 2005

    Posts: 68

    Don't know if it's right or wrong, but I've ALWAYS used a drop of white spirit on my cpus/sinks. Never had a single problem and it does a very good clean-up job.
  3. loltim


    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 14,605

    Location: Wellington, NZ

    Cleaning spirits are seriously overrated, just get some kitchen roll and rub it off.
  4. Bennah


    Joined: 1 Jul 2004

    Posts: 7,232

    Location: Sunny Manchester

    Ive used white spirt in the past to clean heatsinks and cpu cores / IHS's but I found that it puts a little oil film on the area you have just wiped. I use cotton buds and just wipe it off. No need for any extra thermal compound cleaner. Just a waste of money.
  5. vanandjuanunited


    Joined: 20 Oct 2005

    Posts: 5,627

    Kitchen roll dipped in Bacardi for the win.
  6. pcfan


    Joined: 12 Mar 2006

    Posts: 147

    I just use a bit of toilet or kitchen paper! Does the job fine.
  7. Peace


    Joined: 20 Nov 2002

    Posts: 422

    Location: Sittingbourne

    Nail polish remover does the job for me.
  8. The IPB


    Joined: 15 Jul 2005

    Posts: 3,414

    Location: Drinking tea somewhere

    Yeah nail polish works, I know people say "OMG nail polish" but it works and Ive never had problems doing it.
  9. dagwoood


    Joined: 16 Nov 2005

    Posts: 695

    Location: West Midlands, UK.

    Thanks for all the replies guys, it's appreciated.

    I'll see if just using kitchen paper/soft cloth will do the trick. I know AMD recommend just using a soft cloth and cotton buds, but having never removed thermal paste, I don't know how hard it is to get off.

    I'd assumed it wasn't easy because of all the different cleaning products that are available to remove the paste.

    Thanks again, dagwoood.