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So, yeah I found a EK Supremacy locally and bought it from this dude. He claimed perfect conditions, used only with distilled for 5 months, etc.
The box arrives, I open the block, and I find THIS.



Now, I'm in a WORLD OF MAD. How the hell do I clean this mess? The typical hot water, q-tips and toothbrush don't seem to work. Pure alcohol? Vinegar? Boiling it? Killing it with fire?
I've got the original invoice but EK or the original retailer will never accept a RMA in this conditions since it's 100% user fault.
     
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Maybe sand it off? Give you a nice fresh surface to work with, but then again idk how thick that metal is, or how that would effect water-tightness and whatnot.
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Toothbrush plus ketchup or lime juice. Don't drop that into vinegar or it will eat your nickel.
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Lemon juice, a tooth brush, and patience are your friends.

I guess the guy was telling the truth. Only distilled water for sure!
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Originally Posted by RatPatrol01 View Post

Maybe sand it off? Give you a nice fresh surface to work with, but then again idk how thick that metal is, or how that would effect water-tightness and whatnot.

You can't sand a waterblock for god's sake biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by tsm106 View Post

Toothbrush plus ketchup or lime juice. Don't drop that into vinegar or it will eat your nickel.

Ketchup?? Lime juice looks ok, I'll try.
     
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Haha just trying to think outside the box, maybe look into buying some high strength bath and shower cleaner? The type of stuff for cleaning mold and mildew from bath fixtures and the like, though you may need to research how it will effect the softer metals of the block.
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Wow, that is the nastiest block I have ever seen. I would start w/ ketchup/BBQ sauce and a tooth brush. If it is stained then move to a metal polish and a tooth brush.
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Ok, tried with lemon juice and a toothpick after a nice hot bath and it looks like it's somewhat effective. It's much more encrusted that I initially thought but it just takes some patience and hard work.
Any other considerations I should keep in mind for the cleaning? I have experience with cleaning and mantaining healthy loops, but this is the most hardcore algae I've ever seen.
     
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post #9 of 16
It's not THAT bad really. Not compared to some that I have seen anyway. Fill the block with a 50-50 mix of lemon juice and distilled white vinegar. Let it sit for about 45-minutes to an hour and it'll be almost good as new. No need to freak out wink.gif
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Only distilled? Good lord. Should have at least had a kill coil added to avoid that crap you see right there.

Anyway, I've always heard lemon juice and a tooth brush. Never had to try that myself yet though. Doing a complete rebuild of my loop probably sometime next month though. Will be interesting to see with the distilled + kill coil after 1 year.
Edited by Sir Beregond - 6/7/13 at 12:13pm
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[Bitfenix] Spectre Pro Red LED - 140mm x 4 [Windows] 7 Ultimate 64-Bit [BenQ] XL2420TX [Saitek] Cyborg V.5 Red LED 
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[Corsair] AX850 [NZXT] Switch 810 Matte Black [Razer] Naga Epic Red LED [Audio Technica] ATH-A700 
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[ASUS] Xonar Essence STX [Lamptron] FC5-V2 
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[Intel] Core M-5Y10 [Intel] HD Graphics 5300 [Generic?] 8 GB DDR3 [Generic?] 256GB SSD 
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[Microsoft] Windows 10 1920 x 1080 
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