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Around mid August I'll be draining my loop and replacing the tubing and flushing the parts out. Now I used Tygon R3603 tubing for almost 6 months and its looking pretty cloudy right now. So what are efficient ways of cleaning out water blocks and rad's and clearing out any plasticizer in those parts ?
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You'll probably get a lot of different responses. The most important thing is just that you _do_ clean out the blocks and make sure there's nothing left over from cleaning when you put it all back together.
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10:1 mix of water and vinegar. Lemon juice and a toothbrush for the blocks works good too.
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post #4 of 4
i generally use Everclear (198 proof liquor - just under 100% alcohol) to clean my copper and a soft bristle tooth brush.
but be warned, DO NOT let this touch any of your acrylic (including your block housing) as it can completely destroy it: Alcohol reaction with Acrylic
this will only happen with heat treated acrylic but why take the chance...if you're not sure if you're acrylic is heat treated, keep it far away from your reservoir and block housings...
a lot of blocks have rubber gaskets actually attached to the copper block...if this is the case, use 70 - 80 proof vodka (35% - 40% alcohol) to avoid destroying the rubber (it won't destroy all types of rubber....but again, why take the chance)


as for tubing, i generally buy new tubing but have used paintball squeegees for this: Cheap Squeegee
the ones with the fins generally work the best.


Now for your acrylic and pumps, i use standard clear distilled vinegar mixed with some water (people have specific ratios and stuff but i just dump a bunch of vinegar in with a little water....not sure of the side efefcts but i've never had issues). you can actually just make a mini loop for your pump (reroute it back to itself) and run it through for a few minutes. Once finished, take it apart and take a soft bristly tooth brush to the insides of it until it looks clean enough for ya and then rinse WELL with distilled water.

hope this helps
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Edited by Hazzeedayz - 7/29/13 at 11:57am
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