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My TR VX went from shiny silver to a layer of dull gray coated oxide. Very ugly unsightly viewing through my window, hence i ask fellow OC'ers, do you have tips to clean off the caked dust and restore the shine?

It is kinda sad some $60 bucks HSF last not more than 16 months, should i be considering to go for those AIO LC package that are all the rage now?
    
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sanding or some polishing compound will do it. But it will be a pain to get it done with small creases.
 
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Kinda impossible to sand a HSF no? Also wont it damage whatever protective coating left? I was thinking if there is any solution where i can dip the HSF in and bam comes out clean as a baby ass! Or least how does one maintain the shine of the HSF?
    
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Brillo pads?

Just making a post so I can be subbed. I'm curious of the answer as well.
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Kinda impossible to sand a HSF no? Also wont it damage whatever protective coating left? I was thinking if there is any solution where i can dip the HSF in and bam comes out clean as a baby ass! Or least how does one maintain the shine of the HSF?
Go watch some infomercials and you might find something. CLR is probably what your thinking of.
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I believe Thermalright sells a cleaning kit for heatsinks. I doubt it is much more than isopropyl alcohol in a bottle, but it's worth taking a look at
    
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This is it. Thermalright Metal Bright CPU Cooler Polishing Wax. Maybe something like Brasso would work too.
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ummmmmm clr dip? you know, that stuff that is advertised on late-night tv?
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CLR is sold at most stores such as wally world in the house old goods it stands for Calcium - Lime - Rust- gray looking bottle ..make sure you wear gloves , never tried using it on a HSF but it sure will take rust stains out of a sink... http://www.jelmar.com/CLRbasic.htm
Edited by AMD_Freak - 10/16/11 at 10:10pm
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