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I need to clean my rads out, now do i just pour water over the fins, use a air compressor, or put water into where the tubing goes? I need a step by step if possible. Also, should i clean my Pump or nah? its a mcp 35x, should i attach a heatsink or anything at all, or is it good? its 8months old.
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i use a paint brush to clean the dust off mine and a hoover that should work plus if you use a compresor it might damage the fins for cleaning the inside off raidiator i use vinegar i file it up with it leave it an hour then flush it out vinegar is very good at cleaning the waterblocks as well
    
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ok so dust off the fins(outside of the rad) and then u put the 1:10 vinigar to water ratio into the rad, or all over the fins? or do you actually pour into into where the water goes, fill it, let it sit, then rinse it out, but pouring pure water where the water goes from the tubing?
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just pour the vinegar into the rad dont pour it on the fins
i didnt say a 1;10 vinegar to water ratio i just use pure vinegar its cheap enought to buy so why dilute it plus you can reuse it the next time you clean your system just remenber not to put it on your chips next time you have fish and chips and im not talking about computer chips
    
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I use 1-10 vinegar inside the rad and just setup my shop vac as a blower and blast all the dust off/between the fins works great and quick never had a bent fin.

Edit: Vacuum blower is great for keeping the inside of a rig dust free as well I give mine a quick blast every other week, keeps my rig squeaky clean.
Edited by ShaCanX - 11/2/11 at 7:38pm
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not sure where to get it, but there is some stuff that cleans coils for AC units its a soap like stuff and you just soak your rad in it then rinse, but its some bad stuff have to be careful with it. its not like dish soap this is heavy chemical soap. but does mine just fine. I dont have the stuff someone I know let me use it.
    
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