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post #1 of 13
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I've seen people use wire brushes to polish of waterblocks, I decided to give it a try with a dermel and a wire brush attachment but I'm little concerned that I took off too much. I used it on my Nickel plated 780 Ti waterblock and now I see cooper on some spots? Will this effect my waterblock?
Edited by KFume - 3/28/14 at 10:38am
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post #2 of 13
It will likely continue to flake. ESP if it is an older EK Nickle block.
post #3 of 13
It might cause nickel flaking if I'm not wrong.
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Hmm. Can it ruin my loop, pumps, clog my radiators. Is it advised to be replace? I don't want to ruin my other components.
Edited by KFume - 3/25/14 at 7:38pm
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post #5 of 13
I am pretty sure that the nickel plating flaking off can short out stuff in your computer if it contacts a circuit board
post #6 of 13
Post a pic if you can. So basically you were lapping your waterblock. As its a 780ti block it is not one or the older Ek blocks that had the nickel issues.

If you were just sanding the spot that makes contact with the core there is no way it could get in your loop and clog your radiators. That's silly.
Edited by Kenerd - 3/25/14 at 7:52pm
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Post a pic if you can. So basically you were lapping your waterblock. As its a 780ti block it is not one or the older Ek blocks that had the nickel issues.

If you were just sanding the spot that makes contact with the core there is no way it could get in your loop and clog your radiators. That's silly.

Your right, I just had to ask. Pretty much just where the heatsink contacts the VRM.
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post #8 of 13
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I just read a couple of threads about lapping. I guess it's not that big of a deal. Since I see the cooper at this point would it make sense to just remove the nickel?
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post #9 of 13
i would leave it be. you dont want to create high and low spots on a block.
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Quote:
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I just read a couple of threads about lapping. I guess it's not that big of a deal. Since I see the cooper at this point would it make sense to just remove the nickel?

Lapping is generally discouraged by many top tier CPU cooler manufacturers.....
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Lapping Warning!

Prolimatech does not condone any type of lapping done to the CPU or to heatsink base. Every Prolimatech's heatsink base is designed on a pin-point scale of how the base is to be flat and/or curved where it's needed to be. We have programed our machines to machine the surface in a very calculated way. Any after-manufacture lapping or modding done to the base will alter the design, hence negating its performance factor as well as its warranty.

If you followed the directions for the application on the PCB, at least on most EK blocks, you are supposed to apply thermal grease and use a thermal pad.....so if you improved or harmed the surface with yoiur lapping, it's highly doubtful unless you went to extremes it would have any effect at all.

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