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Hey guys!

I bought an XSPC rs360 radiator from someone else on a computing forum and it's pretty dusty but bought it with a low price. How should I clean the dust? I tried pouring water but the dust sticks, helper me biggrin.gif
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caned air

pic's would be nice too
but not all that much needed
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canned air and paper towels work good my bottom rad got really dusty when it was set to intake and sitting close to the floor. Air and paper towels cleaned it up great.
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oh okay, I get the canned air bit but I'm not sure about the towels, what do u do with it?
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I assume its not connected to anything, then tape the ports closed and rinse it under running water.
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Originally Posted by tsm106;13327061 
I assume its not connected to anything, then tape the ports closed and rinse it under running water.

Yep, i HAVE TRIED THAT. Never worked, the dust just stuck to the fins and when it dried it's still there. Also it's kind of misleading, the water makes it look clean and when it dries the dust is back mad.gif

Wastes quite some water aswell, ended up walking to the local park and using the public tap it had cheers.gif
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I get what i can off with a soft brush then fill the bath tub with water and vinegar. As the water is filling into the tub rinse the rad under it but make sure the pressure is not blasting. Then let the rad rest in the bath water for a bit. After that rinse it off in distilled water and let it air dry.

I don't own a air compressor otherwise that's what I would go with tongue.gif
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You have access to an air compressor? Use a blow gun, just be careful getting the nozzle too close to the fins as it might bend them. (Might, I'm not for sure)
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I use a brush that came with my hair clippers , has soft brissels .. give it a light brush then blow through it a few times with ur mouth to get the dust out and wipe it down with a damp cloth .

be careful not to damage the fins .. do it with care .

you can go to extremes to clean it out , i like the bath with vinegar idea .
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Originally Posted by robbo2;13327102 
I get what i can off with a soft brush then fill the bath tub with water and vinegar. As the water is filling into the tub rinse the rad under it but make sure the pressure is not blasting. Then let the rad rest in the bath water for a bit. After that rinse it off in distilled water and let it air dry.

I don't own a air compressor otherwise that's what I would go with tongue.gif

Hmmm, soft brush aye? I've never tried the FULL IMMERSION of the radiator in a tub of water, I should give it a go tongue.gif

But then again it wastes quite some water.

Oh btw what the people proposed before was CANNED AIR which is compressed air in a can in spray format you can buy in the markets. Thank god you don't need an air compressor. They cost quite a lot.

Okay I'll try the vinegar in the tub when I get the time. + rep for you biggrin.gif

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