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I've been wanting to replace the TIM on my CPU and GPU, after weeks of searching I finally found a place where to buy this thing, but turns out I need some sort of permit to get it here where I live.

What can I use instead of this, not only for thermal paste removal but electronic cleaning in general? I know about Arctic Clean, but that's not what I'm looking.
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Paper towel and coffee filters are all you really need to use for cleaning. I've done my own testing and the difference between using alcohol & coffee filters or just coffee filters is within the margin of error at best, especially for components with IHS'.
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I guess you could do like that, but It'd take more time and probably leave residues.

Besides, I want it for more than removing thermal paste.
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I thought you weren't supposed to use ethyl alcohol.
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umm probably not, but if you're in a pinch, and it's used carefully....

EDIT : http://www.logwell.com/tech/servtips/cleaning.html
Edited by latelesley - 10/21/15 at 5:13pm
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Can you get methylated spirits? It's close enough, a bit weaker than iso but enough to get the job done.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by XAslanX View Post

Can you get methylated spirits? It's close enough, a bit weaker than iso but enough to get the job done.

That's denatured alcohol, right, I think I can get some, but how safe it is to use for other cleaning purposes? You know if some drop were to spill over the mobo or something.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by white owl View Post

Electronics cleaner?
http://www.walmart.com/ip/CRC-Electronic-Cleaner-11-Oz./16817418

Hexane ftw...

I was actually thinking of something like this. I remember spraying some of that stuff over 2 sticks of RAM on my old laptop and well, it still works.

It's called "contact cleaner" here, but I'm not sure exactly if it's the same composition.
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