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I may have messed up my EK HF, i lef ketchup for far too long and now the base isn't mirrored, so i may need to fix it, where do i buy a kit?
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post #2 of 18
Most likely it only lost it's shine and not it's shape or texture. I would not worry about it but that's just me. I think the polished mirror surface is just a marketing gimmick, not a performance requirement.
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post #3 of 18
a block being flat is more important than it having a mirror finish...

as long as the block isnt pitted from the ketchup, then its fine.

but if you absolutely have to, watch this video...


hes doing a heatsink in the vid, but same thing applies to doing a processor...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO5gk6mZuso
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post #4 of 18
Come to think of it, some blocks are purposely bowed to allow for tension. After pressure is applied, the bow is straightened. You might not help it by lapping it.
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post #5 of 18
most blocks arent flat, a lot of them do have a slight convex shape to apply more pressure. People who lap, lap both the block/cooler and the the CPU, so both surfaces are as flat as possible, allowing for the most possible contact between the two... thus lowering temps... ( marginally )
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post #6 of 18
to make it mirror like finish , you need to start lapping at 400-600 grit , then 1k to 1.5k , after those last 2 , you will start seeing it reflecting really good , but if you want the perfect mirror from all angles , u gotta go 2k grit

do up/down motions like 30 times , then rotate 45 degrees and repeat , when u finish a full 360 , clean the grit and block and repeat it 2 more times , then change the grit smile.gif
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to make it mirror like finish , you need to start lapping at 400-600 grit , then 1k to 1.5k , after those last 2 , you will start seeing it reflecting really good , but if you want the perfect mirror from all angles , u gotta go 2k grit

do up/down motions like 30 times , then rotate 45 degrees and repeat , when u finish a full 360 , clean the grit and block and repeat it 2 more times , then change the grit smile.gif

thats how to do it! wink.gif

dont forget to do all this on as flat of a surface as possible... a pane of glass is ideal.
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post #8 of 18
DO NOT LAP IT!!

Seriously guys, you do not need to sand this thing to get back the shine. Go down to auto-zone or where ever and get some 3M medium grit rubbing compound and just use a little bit of elbow grease. Then clean off any residue with some rubbing alcohol. I think mineral spirits might work better, but it can discolor the block. Never tried it.
    
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post #9 of 18
I second the above, you really don't need to lap it, just clean it with some Isopropyl Alcohol (mineral spirits more likely to leave an oily residue).
   
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I second the above, you really don't need to lap it, just clean it with some Isopropyl Alcohol (mineral spirits more likely to leave an oily residue).

It wont shine though
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