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post #1 of 7
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okay guys, i bought a second hand waterblock and the previous owner has used dye which has left dye residue in the internals of the water block. I was just wondering what the best way to clean it out was? Ive been told to soak it in distilled water but i was wondering if i could add a little alcohol or mentholated spirit to remove some of the bad stains? obviously not the O-Ring, also when re assembling can i use a bit of vaseline to get a better seal?

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post #2 of 7
If you let it sit in a basin of some kind; I'd use Vinegar.

Or ketchup and a tooth brush (the soft ones). Let it sit with ketchup a little (I left it for a couple of hours) then scrub lightly under running tap water.
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I shall let it sit in distilled water over night and see how it goes if not ill use some lime/lemon juice, vinegar or ketchup thumb.gif

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Greetings,

Don't use vaseline on your o-rings as it'll cause them to deteriorate. You'll need to use a silicone based product like Plumber's Grease available in the plumbing section of any hardware store.

This stuff is meant to lubricate and preserve the o-rings and is not considered a packing material. In other words you can't gob a bunch around the o-ring groove, mash your blocks together and expect it to seal for any length of time. If you're concerend about the seal then get another o-ring.

Best regards,
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Edited by thedude0901 - 4/11/12 at 7:23am
post #5 of 7
Agreed on the Vaseline* - don't use it, it can destroy rubber.

The most I do is wet my o-rings with water before installing them. It seems to help it slip into any grooves easier so it doesn't get caught when doing up the block.

For cleaning the block, vinegar, lemon juice and ketchup are all good ideas. Basically any weak acid is what you want. Then scrub with an old toothbrush (not your girlfriend's one, big mistake) and rinse well with tap water. You can do a final rinse with distilled if you want.
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Incidentally one of my ex girlfriends worked as a pharmacist. If any customer bought Vaseline and condoms at the same time it was store policy to tell them that Vaseline rots condoms and point them to the proper lube.

She had a few guys drop everything and run out of the store when she said that, and more than one asked where the pregnancy test kits were.... sneaky.gif
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I used a dremel with a brush bit and some vinegar on my RASA after it got clogged with dye. Worked very effectively.
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just added some vinegar in the cup with the copper block, ill let it soak then ill scrub it and see how it comes out thumb.gif
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