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So I want to return the shine in my cooler and get in all the nooks and crannies that are caked with dust.

Is there some type of special coating on the megahalems I should know about?

I know this works well with copper, but how does it fare with carbon steel? (I think the mega is steel and not stainless... anyone know?)
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I would soak it in CLR then rinse it very well.
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I would soak it in CLR then rinse it very well.
Could CLR corrode it?
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Same here...I'd like to know too as "flossing" the fins on my Mugen2 is a weekend long chore.

As for drying the whole thing would compressed air dry everything out?
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Same here...I'd like to know too as "flossing" the fins on my Mugen2 is a weekend long chore.

As for drying the whole thing would compressed air dry everything out?

Ya the weekend chore also applies to my 212+, anyway yes compressed air would dry everything out.
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Don't boil heatsink in with the vinigar/water mix, boil water then wash and scrub with tooth brush and what not.

If not you may vaporize the liquid inside the heat pipes.
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If you are just trying to clean dust off of it and not remove significant corrosion, just rise the thing with distilled water and dry it.

There are no steel CPU heatsinks. The Megahalems is a nickel plated copper base and heatpipes with aluminum fins. Shouldn't have any corrosion on it and shouldn't need any metal cleaners. Water will work fine and wont damage it.
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The Megahalems is not steel. I know that on some versions the top fin is stainless steel in order to make them tougher and scratch resistant but this is only the very top fin. The rest are aluminum. I have the megashadow version and my top fin is not steel. If the mega was uncoated carbon steel like you said it would rust almost instantly... The plating is probably nickel or chrome. I'm not sure.

"Also added to the upgrade package is the new material for the top fin on this "Mega" heatsink. This particular fin is made of all stainless steel. Its main features incorporate a greater resistance to accidental scratches and oxidation. For regular maintenance, all you have to do is lightly polish it with a soft cloth so you’ll always have that new out-of-the-box shiny looks; great for showing off at LAN parties and to your friends!"

http://www.prolimatech.com/en/produc...?id=155&page=1

I wouldn't boil it, just give it a nice rinse. If you are having trouble getting smudges off try using some rubbing alcohol. That's what I use to get fingerprints off mine. There is no need to wash it with distilled water. Tap water is fine. If you want to avoid water spots then a quick rinse with distilled at the end is fine. But there is no need to use distilled water for the entire process. I'd just run it under the sink to clean out the fins, rinse with distilled water, let it dry, install it again, and then wipe off any fingerprints with a paper towel soaked in a little alcohol once it is installed.
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I've got some faint little dark circles on the top fins. Little 0.5-1 mm circles. Very faint, but with my OCD, I notice it.
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Don't boil heatsink in with the vinigar/water mix, boil water then wash and scrub with tooth brush and what not.

If not you may vaporize the liquid inside the heat pipes.
The liquid in the heat pipes is usually from what ive heard) is acetone, and it will vapourize, BUT when it cools back down it becomes liquid again, thats how it cools the chip its cooling.
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