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My dye was a very light blue. The stains are dark black and deep gold.

sounds like tarnish.

i know i keep saying this but im 95% sure.

try using a small amount of CLR on a spot with a cloth and rub it gently for a few minutes. its should clear it up better than vinegar.
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I don't disagree with you, Tipless. But after I get this cleaned off, how do I prevent tarnish from happening again? Do I need to stick with just distilled?
post #13 of 34
e-coolant seems to be working well for me with my EN-nickel blocks - i had that happen when i was running distilled and a silver coil.
post #14 of 34
Distilled water is always the best way to go. All of the commercial coolants that are sold tend to either be water with food coloring or tend to perform worse than distilled water. DI water has a very high thermal conductivity and a very high specific heat. One of the only liquids that would be better would be pure liquid ammonia, but that would eat you blocks.
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I don't disagree with you, Tipless. But after I get this cleaned off, how do I prevent tarnish from happening again? Do I need to stick with just distilled?

ya got me there... unless maybe a thin clear paint... nope that wont work either lol

wish there was a way...
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post #16 of 34
I am also running Ice Dragon coolant but with no dyes and I also have an EK EN-Nickel plated plexi GPU and acetal CPU block . I have to tear down the loop to add quick disconnects in the next week or two. If you are patient I can open up the GPU block and report my findings once I receive my parts.

FYI - My build/loop is new (about 1 week) and I have only been using the the computer for a few hours a day with my temps hovering around 30c and using Primochill tubing
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Aren't EK nickel products sucky?
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Aren't EK nickel products sucky?

I haven't had any issues with EK myself. I've been using a Copper + EN block for a few weeks now. Tore my loop apart and opened it up last night and there's no corrosion, tarnishing, or discoloration of any kind. thumb.gif
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i wonder if it happened because you ran the ID and dye as well....
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post #20 of 34
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Aren't EK nickel products sucky?

Ek had problems with their original nickel coating technique around 6 months ago... I think, don't quote me thumb.gif I've heard rumours that they changed their plater or tried to plate more than they could while still keeping the high quality that they were known for, but any who... Since the whole problem flaired up and there was a massive uproar about it, they changed to their new method called Electroless Nicel (EN) Plating which seems to be working fine for them. (I'm skeptical about the first few batches they would have produced, but your should be fine.)
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i wonder if it happened because you ran the ID and dye as well....

Only if ID and the dye reacted, and either the product of that reaction is what is seeing in a solid form that is coating the nickel on the blocks, or that product is reacting with the blocks itself... Which I would be confused about as both are made by Mayhems (Correct me if I am wrong)

So my question to the OP, after cleaning the blocks, do you see any problems with the underlying nickel?
Edited by s0up2up - 3/28/12 at 8:04pm
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