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How to remove black wax from bottom of cpu cooler?

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uh...well i have an old cooler that i might try to use on something else, anyway it has a sheet of black wax, yes its already been used. How do I remove this? Will (isopropal...spelling?)rubbing alcohol work?
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post #2 of 15
rubbing alcohol wont get rid of wax, heat however will.
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post #3 of 15
I use isopropyl alchohol. (try to use 90% or higher) It has always worked for me.


edit: granted, I have never tried it on wax.
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post #4 of 15
Just sand it off.
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Must be a thermal pad? I had one on my stock Intel cooler, you should warm it up a bit before attempting to remove it. After that use some isopropyl alcohol or Arcticlean Thermal Compound Cleaner if you have that. Then I would use a cloth to wipe the gunk off.

Edit: Never used it on wax either.. heat will do it and an old rag.
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post #6 of 15
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ok I have a heat gun, used for heat shrink, and 91% isopropyl alcohol will that work?
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post #7 of 15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by R3ap3R View Post
Just sand it off.
the finest sand paper i think i have is 100-150...oh well
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post #8 of 15
It will work a little. Get the majority of it off with a lot of heat and then isopropyl. However, it will still be inside the microscopic nooks (this =fail). So you'll need to lap it to get a good finish and a new layer of metal for your new TIM to grab onto.
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post #9 of 15
I would try to melt off as much as possible. Get it all gooey and rub off what you can. When you are left with remnants, switch to the IPA.

And yes, if you want it perfect, you will have to lap it =/
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