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......Paint off motherboard heatsinks, You pervs.

I currently have a p67 sabertooth, and the ugly "mashed pea baby food" green heatsinks are starting to bug me. In going to be updating my build a bit soon, and keeping the mobo and CPU, but Id really like to get rid of the green. Is it possible to remove the motherboard heatsinks and removing the paint that's in them? Would I just need dump them in some kind of paint thinner that's safe on aluminium, acetone or something along those lines?
    
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I am no expert on it, but you would want to do something to buff the service for painting, then get spray paint or something.
 
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[IMG ALT=""]I am no expert on it, but you would want to do something to buff the service for painting, then get spray paint or something.

But... putting paint on is the exact opposite of what I want to do tongue.gif
    
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But... putting paint on is the exact opposite of what I want to do tongue.gif
Ohh, I thought you wanted them painted a different color.

Do your research, find out what the heatsink is made out of, I assume aluminum and find something that would not corrode or eat it.
 
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post #5 of 17
So the heatsinks are anodized aluminum? Just buy some drain cleaner and drop the heatsinks in there. But be careful it starts eating the aluminum after the anodized surface is gone.

Sorry about bad english I´m from finland biggrin.gif
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Wouldn't i be better with somethig thats safe on aluminium then ? tongue.gif
    
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post #7 of 17
Use Methylene Chloride, which is found in some automotive / aircraft paint strippers. You can find some here:

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accessories/Rust-Oleum-Aircraft-spray-remover/_/N-25uj?itemIdentifier=660024_0_0_

http://www.autobodytoolmart.com/klean-strip-aircraft-paint-remover-qar343-p-12814.aspx?gclid=CMey44vgi7YCFQnznAodOHwATA



Or go to your local Wal-Mart / automotive parts store / hardware store and look for "Aircraft Paint Remover" under various brands for around $8-12.

Some are spray on, others aren't. Use that and then sand off what you can't is my recommendation, but I'm no expert either!



Hope that helps!

EDIT: By the way, those ARE safe on aluminum. Meant to throw that in there as well tongue.gif
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Thanks a lot man smile.gif. Just making sure, this is safe to do right? I assume there will be no perform mace difference, if anything the paint may be acting as a insulator, right?
    
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post #9 of 17
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6RuUTo_fQs

Here is a good video about de anodizing. You dont have to polish the heatsinks at the end if you dont want to. Just a swipe with sandpaper and the heatsinks will be nice and clean.

That aircraft paint remover could work too but "normal" paint remover will not work smile.gif
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if you get aircraft paint remover, be careful with it..it will burn your skin and fry your eyes if it gets on them.
 
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