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How to clean a bay resevoir/pump combo?

post #1 of 12
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I have a resevoir and pump combo (manufacterer unknown) and the last owner ran it with a red coolant. I want to get the resevoir clean again but it looks pink now.
Here are some pictures:









As you can see the pump looks the worst. I searched for solutions online but couldn't find any.
Does anyone has a tip?

I tried to run it with distilled water for a while with nothing hooked up onto it, I tried shaking it but that both didn't work..


Edit: Sorry, for the small pictures, they were automatically made small. I don't know why..
Edited by mrgnex - 10/21/15 at 8:36am
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post #2 of 12
This may not be possible at all. As a test, try scrubbing the inner surface through an opening. Chances are that the staining is permanent.
post #3 of 12
Red dye is one of the hardest (if not THE hardest) to get the stain off.

I would try to see if the stain can be removed first. Just take a cotton bud and swab any stained part that you can reach.
If it won't lift off with physical contact, there is little chance to clean it without doing damage to the acrylic.

If it does lift off, get some rice and shake it in there with some water (not too full so it have some space to agitate).
Remember not to use it until you are sure there is no rice going into the pump. (flush any rice that went into the pump by forcing some water through the outlet of the pump)
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Originally Posted by cmpxchg8b View Post

This may not be possible at all. As a test, try scrubbing the inner surface through an opening. Chances are that the staining is permanent.

Yeah it did come off so I'll try with some rice.
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Originally Posted by washu99 View Post

Red dye is one of the hardest (if not THE hardest) to get the stain off.

I would try to see if the stain can be removed first. Just take a cotton bud and swab any stained part that you can reach.
If it won't lift off with physical contact, there is little chance to clean it without doing damage to the acrylic.

If it does lift off, get some rice and shake it in there with some water (not too full so it have some space to agitate).
Remember not to use it until you are sure there is no rice going into the pump. (flush any rice that went into the pump by forcing some water through the outlet of the pump)

Yeah I knew that, which is why I don't have any dye in my PC now. But luckily it came off, so I'll try your suggestion.
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post #5 of 12
Try to use pipe cleaners to clean the edges !
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post #6 of 12
This is the problem with those cheap units. They can't be disassembled for servicing.
On a normal res taking it apart and polishing the surface clean would work but in this case I would be surprised if you could clean all but the easiest to reach parts. For all the effort involved I would recommend just getting a decent new one.
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post #7 of 12
It's not a matter of cheap or not. This is a bay reservoir-pump combo.
Most of the ones I know are not meant to be opened by design.

I do agree that bay reservoirs are quite troublesome to service. But when you have small space to work with, it's sometimes the only way to go.
If it were obsolete, we would not have any bay reservoir in the market already tongue.gif
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Meth gets rid of dyes very well and paints and most things, Don't know how it will fair against the seals or acrylic though.
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post #9 of 12
Normally i'ld say to give isopropyl alcohol a go, but since any alcohol or acetone based solution would kill the acryll.. DONT

However, you could give half a teaspoon of Citric Acid or Baking Soda in distilled water a go.
Let it sit for 30 mins, then shake and rince.

Note: Do NOT seal the reservoir while the solution is in there.. some "bubbling" can occur (depending on the brand/pureness of the baking soda) and if the increase in pressure has nowhere to go, it will break the reservoir.
post #10 of 12
Why would you mix citric acid and baking soda???
I would think those 2 will just have a chemical reaction and produce something else which does not have the cleaning properties of neither the citric acid, nor baking soda.

Someone with chem background should chime in on this.
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