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Hi,

I am using denatured alcohol 95%(buyed it from the pharmacy) for removing thermal paste on my cpu and i would like to know if that is safe or not.
I also wanted to know if it's normal that you can't remove the thermal paste for 100%. When i removed the intel thermal paste on my cpu i could still see a bit of blue on it.


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95% alcohol is perfectly safe for the chip. You would have to submerge the CPU in it for weeks to damage the lacquer on the substrate.

It's also normal for some traces of TIM to remain behind, but scrubbing with a lint free cloth and alcohol should remove nearly all of it.
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a lint free cloth
Lens cleaning cloth or a coffee filter, if you were wondering Weebeast.
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It's also normal for some traces of TIM to remain behind, but scrubbing with a lint free cloth and alcohol should remove nearly all of it.
or some sandpaper

yeah, there is always some left on there. you will never get it 100% clean
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think of the stuff left, as just a little TIM polish. Better TIM residue than lots of other residue.

is 100% fine and safe
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Thanks for the information guys!

I always read about using isopropyl alcohol that's why i was a bit unsure about using denatured alcohol.

Good that it's normal that you can't clean the cpu for 100%. I thought i was doing something wrong and that the alcohol wasn't good.

Thanks for the coffee filter and lint free cloth tip, i used kitchen paper the last time but will try out coffee filter and lint free cloth today.

My temps are messed up at moment. Hitting 80 degrees on 4,5 ghz(1,36 voltage) with intelburn test.
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Maybe you used too much paste. Do you have a secure mount

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post #8 of 8
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Ye i also think i used too much paste. Gonna remove the cpu cooler tommorow since i wanne have it finished for btf 3 hehe
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