Originally Posted by spikezone2004
After having my first loop going for just over 2 months I have noticed severe discoloration, is this plasticizer?
EDIT: no dyes added to system, just distilled water and silver kill coil
Too many variables that you have not mentioned within your rig to make a learned assumption.
I say assumption, as someone who contributed heavily to this thread, from as far back as when Primochill had their problems in the past, and when many people did not know what to use-we got heavily into all the types of tubing.
Ive battled sponsored rig builders who blatantly lied and claimed that their tubing did not have plasticizer issues, although it did etc etc.
The only tubing that seems to present less of a plasticizer issue at present, is the Primochill advanced, although it has not been on the market as long as some other tubing.
That having been said
-99.99% of tubing has plasticizer (plasticizer is NOT caused, it is inherent in tubing to make it more pliable) clouding (sometimes)is merely plasticizer deposits that have seeped from the body of the tubing into it's inner walls. (i have also posted scientific proof of this within this thread).
Bottom line, there is no such thing as perfect tubing-unless you go the route of Acrylic,neoprene and or Copper.
Plasticizer is not the only cause of tube discolouration-(that brings us back to the variables you neglected to mention
Rig temp,dyes(USE MAYHEM'S ONLY IMO),metals are but a few of the reasons tubing may cloud.
People have to stop looking for a panacea within the soft tubing market-it does not exist as yet (yes, even tubing advertised as Plasticizer free has presented problems eg the various Tygon models) .
All the information that anyone could ever possibly need is located within this thread-but you have to sift through all the unnecessary posts and pseudo solutions from rep junkies (many around with nothing substantial to say)
Most of the posts are re hashes of info already given (as is this one).
I'll leave you with this thought:
I used Mastercleer tubing for over 7 months(in the past) 24/7-i ran Mayhems white pastel through it, and i had not even the slightest sign of plasticizer deposits.
The thing is that Mastercleer is crap tubing
-so was it the dye that helped, was it the combination of dye,tubing, fittings composition that helped, or was it divine intervention?
Watercooling is not an exact science, ergo there can never be an exact solution, thousands of variables exist within the world of WC, by this i mean that no two rigs can ever be 100% the same.
All one can do is try to use certain products that have presented less of a problem, BUT EVEN THEN THERE IS NO GUARANTEE
Good luck.Edited by kkorky - 10/28/13 at 7:45am