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Hello all

I have a water cooled PC that I sold the parts to update. I bought it used a little while ago water cooled. It was X58 PC. So I parted it out and ended up with WC stuff. I have few barbs showing corrosion? Anyone have a way of cleaning them? Some of them even show rust. They are very high end barbs, so I dont want to throw them, if possible.
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You have to determine what metal they are made out of and clean them accordingly.
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I am not sure what are these. Nikel?
Edited by turk-fx - 6/8/16 at 12:25pm
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You are better off checking the manufacturer's website to find out what they are made of. A well worn plastic srcub pad, like you would clean dishes with, would probably be OK on the threaded ends. I use CLR to clean rust with. You can get it at other places than Walmart.
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I doubt it's rust, but if it is then I would toss them and replace. It's probably just plasticizer from the tubing. Have you tried cleaning them with a mild detergent and warm water and a soft sponge? they look like nickel and black nickel to me. Do you know what brand they are, and what gives you the impression they are "high end"?
 
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I doubt it's rust, but if it is then I would toss them and replace. It's probably just plasticizer from the tubing. Have you tried cleaning them with a mild detergent and warm water and a soft sponge? they look like nickel and black nickel to me. Do you know what brand they are, and what gives you the impression they are "high end"?


I mean they may be not highend, but they are expensive stuff like all angled compression fittings. I think they are Bitspower brand.
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Well, the good news is vinegar did the trick, but kind of took some of the paint job from black fittings. I can see copper underlying layer. So I am wondering how long will it take to leave it in vinegar to get rid of the whole black paint? Anyone have an idea?
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Well, the good news is vinegar did the trick, but kind of took some of the paint job from black fittings. I can see copper underlying layer. So I am wondering how long will it take to leave it in vinegar to get rid of the whole black paint? Anyone have an idea?

I don't know if vinegar would ever completely strip them in any reasonable length of time. You can always paint them again whatever color you like.

http://www.overclock.net/t/895792/spray-painting-compression-fittings-barbs-loads-of-pictures/0_50
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