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post #1 of 10
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I took out my 212 to test out the crappy H50. And i decided to clean up the base for when i put it back in..


I put Laquer Thinner on a paper towel and started rubbing.
Then i tried Mineral Spirits afterwards.
But i keep rubbing and more stuff keeps comming of. Should i just keep going till nothing more comes off? How do you guys normally clean your coolers.
I also smoothed the base a little bit with 1200grit sandpaper if that matters.... Here is how it looks now.

    
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post #2 of 10
I use the highest proof rubbing alcohol I can find (usually 92%) and just clean away until nothing else comes off, just douse the thing in it
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Looks clean and uniform, by sanding it your only improving the performance marginally. But your heatpipes in the top of the photo look as if they are close to breaking open...
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post #4 of 10
It could be oxidation that you are rubbing off and not residue. Oxidation shouldn't effect temps much at all. Aluminum oxidizes almost instantly. It's a lost cause trying to scrub aluminum until it does not leave a residue.
    
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@Rixon if you mean the back/top part it of the picuture thats just the reflection of the area i didn't touch.
Edited by iCrap - 6/3/11 at 12:48pm
    
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So bassically the greyish stuff thats comming off with the Laquer Thinner is just oxidation? so it will never stop? I rubbed it a little just with a paper towel with water on it and nothing else is comming off now.
    
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You are looking pretty clean there. I wouldnt use anymore sandpaper on it as I highly doubt it would do anything at all for cooling. If anything it would create pockets for hot air.
    
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Yea i did it for like 30 seconds if even that to smooth it just a little. its very smooth to the touch.... ok i guess il rub it down once more and then il put it back in later thanks.
    
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HAHAHA your using laquer thinner?? i usually use high content rubbing alcohol(90+% variety) but if Im out, I have some brake cleaner I use instead
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HAHAHA your using laquer thinner?? i usually use high content rubbing alcohol(90+% variety) but if Im out, I have some brake cleaner I use instead
Lol yep. That stuff takes off everything.
    
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