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Brought a used cpu block sometime back from someone and I finally decided to clean it. searched online on how and saw suggestions of hot water and soap, ketchup and vinegar. I had tried hot water and soap and I didn't see no results. I tried letting it sit in ketchup for an hour and I don't believe I saw results either. I tried letting it sit in vinegar for about 20 minutes and once again no results. I'm going to assume that the part I am trying to be cleaned just wont be able to come off. Here is what I wanted to clean.



Problem is This top part I have noticed a foggy-ish area that was not there before the cleaning attempts. I don't believe I put this in vinegar, just soapy water and some ketchup.





Did I mess up? can it be fixed?
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20 minutes? when I clean plumbing parts in acid, I leave it overnight.

That is for build up of calcium from minerals in the water. Was this used with plain tap water?!

You might try some "C.L.R." type product.

Look at the grooves using a large magnifier or small microscope. Is it just dyed, or is there anything caked on the metal? If the former, it should not bother it.
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the soap water was with tap water....

what is CLR?

I believe its just dyed. In anycase my main concern is will this affect the performance of the block? Does it pose any danger to my CPU later on?
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the soap water was with tap water....

what is CLR?

I believe its just dyed. In anycase my main concern is will this affect the performance of the block? Does it pose any danger to my CPU later on?
CLR is a commonly available chemical cleaning solution used for Calcium Lime & Rust. If you have minerals crusted on your block that will decrease the cooling performance but it shouldn't pose a danger unless you are running a pretty high overclock. Still, nobody wants crud on their block!
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CLR is a cleaning product.

Washing it would not expose it to tap water for long enough to cause any calcium build up. I mean running in the loop. If it was distilled water or commercial coolant, there should be nothing in it to deposit other than "salt" kind of stuff which will rinse off easily and would be found on the fittings not growing on rough areas.

If it's just dye stain, don't sweat it.

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I put my blocks in lemon juice, salt and water for a few minutes, then clean off with distilled. Then polish them up with some ketchup. Been working for me on copper for quite some time.
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post #7 of 13
You could try boiling a pot of water with white viniger.. 50/50 mix only need enough to cover items. Use a plastic ladle so the copper isn't touching the bottom of the pot (or it will bounce all over in the bubbling) Let it boil for a good 10 minutes. Its how I get my copper blocks back to new again.

Just wish I could remember where I read it... Wasn't my idea, but it works.
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post #8 of 13
Toothbrush & Basic Toothpaste

or CLR

Either will work to get the crud off. Be warned though, toothpaste is the same as using very fine grit sandpaper.
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Toothbrush & Basic Toothpaste
Yep.

Seems like Ketchup + Soap messed it up. lol. No need to get into that stuff, I'd just brush it with toothbrush.
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Ive always been successful cleaning my blocks with a vinegar salt water paste made with flour.
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