Yeah, no flush with distilled before filling. First w/c build here so go easy on me please
. I figured the point of "cleaning" new stuff was to get any particulates out after manufacturing, like globs of solder, metal flakes, dust, etc. I had no clue the miniscule amount of tap water that dried would be so detrimental to the loop...
Ok, so there's 2 possibilities:
#1 - city water deposits
#2 - solder in radiator
Cleaning for either case seems to involve vinegar flushes (3x or so) followed by distilled water flushes (3x or so). Assuming it's solder, I'll have to disassemble and vigorously shake the rad. If it's just city water deposits, can I do this without disassembling my case? Just drain the water, fill it up with 50/50 vinegar/hot water, run it with the pump for 10 mins, drain, repeat. Then with distilled, drain, repeat, and leave it be with the final distilled fill?