Originally Posted by RavageTheEarth
I use CLU between my IHS and die on 3770k and on the cores of both of my 7950. IMO it's not worth the hassle of getting it off (IF you don't touch your water block that often). If you do fidget with your stuff then I say go for it, but before you jump head first there are a couple things you should know.
The scientific name for this stuff is called Gallium. Do yourself a favor before you mess around with the stuff and look up a video about it. This stuff literally MELTS aluminum. Don't let that scare you though. You will be fine putting it on copper or nickel. Another warning. This stuff is conductive!! Be very careful and take your time. Lastly, I'm not sure what the person above me is talking about, but I'm pretty sure he used the scruff pad that came with his CLU. DON'T use the scruff pad. It is not necessary and will just make you unknowingly lap you IHS a little bit. To take it off you should get some paper towels wet with isopropyl alcohol. Just fold them up so it makes a thick layer and put them against the top of the alcohol bottle and flip it upside quickly. Now this part is important. We are pretty much dealing with dried metal. Dried metal will scratch. So what you want to do is dab the entire area that you are trying to get the CLU off. DON'T rub. Dab. You will see black on the paper towel. Now use a clean are of the paper towel to repeat it. Do this a couple more times and then with another section of the paper towel covered with isopropyl alcohol you can now start rubbing it off and it should come off fine if you take your time. Hope this helped!
RavageTheEarth you are a star, thank you
I had seen some pics of this stuff being applied to alloy
Bad idea lol! But as you already said, using it on a copper block would be fine.
Well I would be installing my new loop then hopefully only removing the block once every 6 months or when I'm upgrading something. So I shouldn't be messing around with it too much. But I just want to clarify something with you, although you have kind of covered this already but I'm getting conflicting info. I was told by a couple of people that LU doesn't dry/cure! So one could remove the block, say for draining and cleaning, but reinstall the block on the CPU without having to clean it and reapplying even after it's been on there a few months. But it sounds like you're saying it DOES dry/cure, is that right???
Thanks again for your informative and in-depth post, really appreciate it pal.