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post #11 of 15 Old 03-27-2008, 03:46 PM
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Soak the heatsink overnight in 87-octane gasoline, stirring hourly untill you go to bed. Gasoline is well known for it's solvent properties, so well known that many things that used to be cleaned with it now have warnings not to do so because of the flammability . If gasoline won't do the trick, use fire to remove the wax, a candle will provide sufficient heat without destroying the HS.


By the way, gas is flammable. Put it in a nonsmoking area outside, and seal it tightly when you aren't stirring it. The stuff is highly flammable and can go bang if allowed to...I'm not responsible for any fireworks you cause.

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I actually used a napkin and, in a fit of rage, got it all off with that lol. get at it in the way you would scrub gum off your shoo : savagly, but careful as not to damage your shoe
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It will work a little. Get the majority of it off with a lot of heat and then isopropyl. However, it will still be inside the microscopic nooks (this =fail). So you'll need to lap it to get a good finish and a new layer of metal for your new TIM to grab onto.
question though is how well does wax conduct heat?

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question though is how well does wax conduct heat?
although i doubt its wax, thats what they put in candles. kinda gives you an idea
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k so heres what i did.
first, i scraped the majority off with a razor blade, then i heated it and wiped off as much as i could with a shop towel, last i scrubbed it with isopropyl(however its spelled). I'm still waiting for sandpaper though. I'm not sure if i'll need it yet.

btw it was the wax from an old 370 cooler.

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