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post #1 of 18
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Hi.

I just dissembled all my watercooling equipment, and I noticed that some of my fittings are worn out.














What do you guys think?
Are they still usable? Is it something that should't happend, and maybe RMA?

It is a total of 5 bitspower compression fittings, and 3 bitspower 90degree fittings.
post #2 of 18
When you say 'worn out' do you mean the plating has come off or that they leak?
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post #3 of 18
It looks like the plating is flaking. They are still functional, although you may want to replace them as there is a small possibility of it causing issues in your pump or clogging any low restriction blocks you have.

Were you using a corrosion inhibitor? How long have they been operating?
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post #4 of 18
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The fittings are NOT leaking, I notice the coating damage when I took down my loop for future upgrade.

I started using them late 2012, around September. I've been using mayhems pastel white. And I changed the tubing and cooling same month last year.

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post #5 of 18
I've noticed this often with BP colored fittings. I don't know the process they use but it's not exactly the same as plating. It's unfortunate since they're my favorite brand, but it's not (necessarily) corrosion since the colored layer tends to just separate cleanly from the base metal.
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post #6 of 18
I would contact them about RMA then. Pastel is supposed to be good stuff. I don't know about their response as some manufacturer's are terribly strict about using only their products or a limited selection of outside products. I'm interested in what they say as I have 10 silver shining fittings several months old.
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post #7 of 18
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I did notice some black particles floating around when I drained the loop, and the tubing was cloudy and turned to a strange green color.

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post #8 of 18
The black particles are probably oxidized nickel from the flaking. The green could is most likely staining from oxidation, either copper or nickel can turn green. Once you have metal particulate in your water, any inhibitor is going to lose effectiveness. You may want to open your blocks and check them as well given what has happened with the fittings.
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post #9 of 18
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I just toke apart my GPU block (Watercool Heatkiller) and CPU block (koolance 380i).
The GPU block looks like new, no gunk or staining. But the CPU block on the other hand looks there is some rust build-up, and one of the fins looks broken.
Is the CPU useless now? Tried to rub lemon juice with a toothbrush, didnt work:(

Here are the GPU block:



This is the CPU block: (sorry for crap pictures, really hard with all the reflections)





post #10 of 18
I have had the same thing happen to my BP fittings, I switched to koolance so we'll se how that goes over time.

CPU block looks fine to me, a bit difficult to tell by pictures tho. You should be veary about using acid(lemon juice/vinegar) on nickel plated compnents, there have been reports of it causing flaking.
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