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Like I would be doing that
That's an idea though. The fins would get a burnt colour though wouldn't it?
I solder a hole in one of my rads
still looks fine
other then the gray solder


like I said just an idea that might go bad
Edited by 3dfxvoodoo - 4/29/11 at 10:51pm
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post #22 of 30
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haha lool, again I posted up the picture i page 2

So what I have so far is:

~ Vinegar/Water bath
~ Canned air (compressor is overkill really)
~ Rinsing under a tap
~ Brushing

Anything else I can add to my 'try' list?
post #23 of 30
will take anything off that rad and everything else, and you can use it on your keyboard. I personally think this is a great investment.
Edited by ALAMO695 - 4/29/11 at 11:20pm
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haha lool, again I posted up the picture i page 2

So what I have so far is:

~ Vinegar/Water bath
~ Canned air (compressor is overkill really)
~ Rinsing under a tap
~ Brushing

Anything else I can add to my 'try' list?
A leaf blower.
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... thanks SI5I
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sorry, repost
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... thanks SI5I
Seriously, try it. It's mmmmmazing.
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If there is a dollar store in your area, get a bottle of Goo-Gone. Spray it as a mist over the dusty caked areas on the RAD. The longer it sits, the better it works. After about 10 mins, rinse with water flow from the side that is NOT caked with dust. This way, the caked (now slimy) dust will not sink into the RAD fins to become trapped.

I've used Goo-Gone for cleaning out CPU heat-sinks caked with 5+ years of dust. This will disolve the dust cakes.

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Shop vac with a brush attachment...or any vacume cleaner.

I've run mine through the dish washer too.
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THIS will take anything off that rad and everything else, and you can use it on your keyboard. I personally think this is a great investment.
This is most DEFINITELY one of the better investments you can make on your machine. It's just a forever use canned air.

But I agree with the others. It sounds like the previous owner was a smoker, even if he/she didn't smoke AT the computer.

Use SimpleGreen or GooGone on it. Just lightly coat it with that stuff, and let it sit for a while. Then rinse it off with water. Don't add vinegar if you use those chemicals. It might react with them.

When all is said and done, rinse it AGAIN with distilled water.

And make sure you rinse the INSIDE of the radiator (flush it) with distilled water before using it.
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