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Is acetone safe for cleaning a NB chip?

post #1 of 17
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I removed the heat sink off of my northbridge and the pink thermal paste that was on there was literally the consistency of gum that's been on the bottom of my shoe for 2 years. Since alcohol honestly does almost nothing to this stuff I was wondering if acetone would be safe to apply to this green material. I heard it melts certain plastics and was unsure of the material used on this north-bridge.

I pulled an image off Google images that looks very similar to mine.
post #2 of 17
Mmmm, I'd be careful about it. Have you tried getting some ArctiClean? The AC 1 liquid de-gunks just about anything and is rated as safe to use on system components.

(Acetone will craze plastic, as will ammonia; I think alcohol is safe to use on it though)
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I wouldn't use acetone. Get naphtha

Edit: more specifically, Ronsonal (or equivalent) lighter fluid
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hahahahahahahahahha
sorry. that's a pcb. As far as I know, pcb material is resistant to acetone
(or i'd have like 5 fried vid cards and a few mobo's)
    
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post #5 of 17
alcohol is just enough, just apply give it time and then re dampen cloth and wipe off the gunky stuff.. It works..
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hahahahahahahahahha
sorry. that's a pcb. As far as I know, pcb material is resistant to acetone
(or i'd have like 5 fried vid cards and a few mobo's)
What's so funny.
post #7 of 17
I'd go with alcohol too since it dont stick around - it vanishes into the air
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What percentage is the isopropyl alcohol the higher the better
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post #9 of 17
acetone is just fine. i've used it several times. it vanishes in seconds in the air.
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post #10 of 17
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I prefer people commenting that have actually used acetone, and not just saying don't do it because it's harsh with no experience whatsoever, as I do not have alcohol that is high percentage. I must use acetone... I mean unless I feel like going down to the store which I do not.
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