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post #1 of 17
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Ok so I got my watercooling loop and the tubes started to go cloudy so I ran some vinegar through and flushed it and a year later my loop is brown. Or the tubes at least. The water looks clear in the rad but the tubes are brown.

It's my birthday in a few days so I got a heap of stuff ordered including new green UV tubing and thermal take big-water coolant. Before I implement new tubing and coolant what can I run through my system to give it a super clean? I'm talking a hardcore clean!

Yes I know I will have to take apart my block and scrub it but I can't well get inside the res or rad so I can only pump cleaner through right?
post #2 of 17
try removing your rad and cleaning it with vinegar with hot water mixture. are you using killcoil or ptnuke?
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post #3 of 17
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I was a noob at watercooling when I got my XSPC kit for my last birthday I didn't get coils or anything but i'm getting new tubes and coolant and 2 silver coils this week. Is there anything more rigorous I can do than vinegar and water or is that good enough?
post #4 of 17
Water and vinegar is pretty much the best option, just don't soak them for long if you do and don't forget to rinse them fully with distilled. Good luck

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post #5 of 17
you can use vinegar + salt solution,it's safe and work.

personally for rad cleaning i use muriatic acid,the one already dilute that you can find in any store,
10 minutes of shaking the rad and you have done,later just flush it A LOT with hot tap water and 1 time more with distilled.
try this only if you know what you are doing,muriatic acid is not a joke.
post #6 of 17
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I've never heard anyone call HCl by it's pre-systematic name of Muriatic acid before but yeah I studied chemistry I might see where I can get some. Needs a super clean. Are you recommending I get a dilute HCl solution or something from the supermarket with HCl in it. Some cleaners do.
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Just want to confirm is HCl ok in acrylic?
post #8 of 17
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Just want to confirm is HCl ok in acrylic?

Muriatic Acid will melt anything that is not glass or metal...

EDIT: Well, it wont melt, it will just etch (make it matte), or sometimes even destroy the bonds most glues have. I used a diluted muriatic acid to clean a res once, and didnt rinse it out enough. I caught it before the residue did anything bad though.
Edited by PeteJM - 3/24/12 at 7:35am
post #9 of 17
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Ok so I can't use muriatic acid because my pump is inside an acrylic res. Anyone else got any ideas? The inside of my loop is bad.

I have done the vinegar thing for a couple of hours but I could see even just inside my fittings there is a brown coating and which I could clean some things I cannot clean everywhere such as in the the rad and pump unless I have a solution pumping through and cleaning it.

I upgraded what's in my loop so it has 2 silver coils and has thermaltake bigwater coolant running through it which is supposed to be water quality levelling, anti-freeze, anti-rust, and water scale reducing. Will this over time you think super slowly and super gently clean out my loop?

Should I get a 5 micron filter and put it in my loop to filter out all the junk? Any idea where I might find such a filter? What kinds of places sell those type of filters that would fit 1/2" fittings?

Just want to get my loop 100% uberclean!
post #10 of 17
I wouldn't recommend anything but a faucet hosebarb and hot tap water flush forward and back. Cleans really well and no contaminating the loop with harsh chdmicals. Empty and flush with distilled at the end and you are good.

You guys are nuts putting acids in the loop...smile.gif

This works for me..
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