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Well I cleaned my PA120.3, maze4,and apogee with distilled water and white vinegar but I'm not sure if I did the best job. These are all brand new out of the box btw. Should I go ahead and leak test or should I make sure they are cleaned out more properly? I see on some guides cleaning new items is not even part of the steps, is this not very important?
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The world will implode crushing us all... All because you screwed up and didnt clean your water block well. lawl

Cleaning a brand new block or rad shouldnt be necessary. They should be very clean from factory. So i say its really not necessary. Go ahead and rinse it all clean and hook the loop up leak test.

Cleaning should be done maybe once a year, doing what you did, and also taking apart the blocks and using and old tooth brush or something similar with some water and light soap.
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Originally Posted by Frozenshinobi
Well I cleaned my PA120.3, maze4,and apogee with distilled water and white vinegar but I'm not sure if I did the best job. These are all brand new out of the box btw. Should I go ahead and leak test or should I make sure they are cleaned out more properly? I see on some guides cleaning new items is not even part of the steps, is this not very important?
You ought to be all right now Frozen, did a lot of white crud come out of your rad? I think it's left over soap or some thing they leak test with...If there were any little loose metal burrs in your blocks that probably got it out when you rinsed them. The white vinegar sterilizes to kill off any bacteria...So you ought to be set now...
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Try Virginia brand of ice machine cleaner. It gets everything. It`s a mild acid which neutralizes completely with a rinse, and doesn`t leave a residue or impregnate the pores in the metal. You can find it at a refrigeration supply house or HVAC supply house. Although these businesses are wholesale to those tradesmen, they will sell you this product. It usually comes in a 16 oz. plastic bottle.
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thats a good idea

i might have to do that
    
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Try Virginia brand of ice machine cleaner. It gets everything. It`s a mild acid which neutralizes completely with a rinse, and doesn`t leave a residue or impregnate the pores in the metal. You can find it at a refrigeration supply house or HVAC supply house. Although these businesses are wholesale to those tradesmen, they will sell you this product. It usually comes in a 16 oz. plastic bottle.
Hey is that safe on rubber O-rings ? that sounds like some good stuff, especially for the the rads....Is it expensive ? Thanks...
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It`s safe as long as you rinse it thoroughly. No, it`s not expensive, about $10 a bottle. You won`t need a lot of it for the amount of water in your circuit; probably about 3 or 4 oz. of it.
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Originally Posted by hvacgaspiping
It`s safe as long as you rinse it thoroughly. No, it`s not expensive, about $10 a bottle. You won`t need a lot of it for the amount of water in your circuit; probably about 3 or 4 oz. of it.
Thanks for the info..I'm definetly going to look at this.Thank You...
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