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best way to remove the sticky thermal pad residue/gummy stuff? I removed my vram heatsinks...

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Hi guys, I had some of those copper ram heatsinks on my video cards ram, the card died so I'm rmaing it. I used heat to get the heatsinks off with out damage but of course I got this crappy thick gum like stuff left on the memory. How do you guys go about getting it removed? I read acetone?, More heat and a plastic knife or something maybe? I dont want to cause damage or scratches of course. Thanks!

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Rubbing alcohol would probably work
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I would imagine the same way as a CPU. 90 percent alcohol , coffee filter to wipe.
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ok thanks for the info. I gave msi a call again and the guy basically said it wont matter for the rma. Its cosmetic. as long as there is no physical damage. so I guess I wont bother to remove it all off but For the future... Its good to know
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ok thanks for the info. I gave msi a call again and the guy basically said it wont matter for the rma. Its cosmetic. as long as there is no physical damage. so I guess I wont bother to remove it all off but For the future... Its good to know

For the future it is also good to know not to call Sapphire and a few others telling them you took off the stock cooler some are okay with it but most are not, they could deny/cancel any rma for that.
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For the future it is also good to know not to call Sapphire and a few others telling them you took off the stock cooler some are okay with it but most are not, they could deny/cancel any rma for that.

Oh I know lol. I call and ask the info first and if all is well then request the rma after. I originally said I took the cooler off to redo the thermal paste and put memory sinks on. which he was fine with. Then I later on tongiht called asking about the thermal pad left overs on the memory, He dont know anything beyond my first name and said its all good....

I know that you deff dont want to give info first then tell them for them to cancel the RMA lol better off sending the card in under the hopes of it going through anyways than telling them and having it revoked...

Oh and at that my old saphire 5850. I RIPPED OFF A CHIP on it LOL rolleyes.gif and rma'd it. I put a mem sink on a lil wee mosfet or something way too small and used way too much super glue rolleyes.gif Told them I had it sitting for a while and never used it and finally went to use the card and it wont work, idk why. And sure enough... They sent me a new card working, Perhaps I got lucky thumb.gif
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post #7 of 21
#2 pencil. Rub the vram chips with the eraser. You then can give them a final wipe with a q-tip and some 99%.
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post #8 of 21
Goo gone is entry level best. But Key90 wax and grease remover followed by high grade rubbing alcohol is fullproof. Key90 + high % alcohol will result in a Naked as new surface. Key90 is from Keystone is automotive paint grade cleaner.
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Goo gone is entry level best. But Key90 wax and grease remover followed by high grade rubbing alcohol is fullproof. Key90 + high % alcohol will result in a Naked as new surface. Key90 is from Keystone is automotive paint grade cleaner.

Hm I'd be worried about it eating away at stuff. more specifically the plastic perhaps lol, Have you used it your self and had good luck? i know rubbiing alchohol works good for cleaning but doesnt work good for the goo-ey stuff
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post #10 of 21
Surprised more people don't know this.

Cheapest, most effective adhesive remover is lighter fluid. Is absolutely miraculous removing adhesive residue left from tape, glue, thermal pads, etc. Cheap and easily available too. Be sure to clean up with alcohol afterward.


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