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Can I add colour dye?

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I just use basic de-ionised water and anti-corrosion additive, can i just add dye to colour my water or do i need to buy special 'performance' water??
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I am pretty sure that you absolutely do not want to use de-ionized water, period. The water will do everything it can to regain all those metallic ions and it will get them fro your components, even if you added an additive.

Distilled water will do just as fine.

As long as its a chemical dye, it should be fine.
Edited by joemaniaci - 12/18/08 at 9:47am
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Isn't distilled water simply deionized water?

I have about a gallon or more of distilled water in my loop with a little PT nuke/Feaser blue/UV dye.
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Originally Posted by rpm666 View Post
Isn't distilled water simply deionized water?
No but they are very similar.

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Distillation
Distilled water is often defined as bottled water that has been produced by a process of distillation and has an electrical conductivity of not more than 10 µS/cm and total dissolved solids of less that 10 mg/L[1]. Distillation involves boiling the water and then condensing the steam into a clean container, leaving most solid contaminants behind. Distillation produces very pure water but also leaves behind a leftover white or yellowish mineral scale on the distillation apparatus, which requires that the apparatus be frequently cleaned. Distillation does not guarantee the absence of bacteria in drinking water; unless the reservoir and/or bottle are sterilized before being filled, and once the bottle has been opened, there is a risk of presence of bacteria.
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Deionization
Deionized water which is also known as demineralized water (DI water or de-ionized water; can also be spelled deionised water, see spelling differences) is water that has had its mineral ions removed, such as cations from sodium, calcium, iron, copper and anions such as chloride and bromide. Deionization is a physical process which uses specially-manufactured ion exchange resins which bind to and filter out the mineral salts from water. Because the majority of water impurities are dissolved salts, deionization produces a high purity water that is generally similar to distilled water, and this process is quick and without scale buildup. However, deionization does not significantly remove uncharged organic molecules, viruses or bacteria, except by incidental trapping in the resin. Specially made strong base anion resins can remove Gram-negative bacteria. Deionization can be done continuously and inexpensively using electrodeionization.

It should be noted that deionization does not remove the hydroxide or hydronium ions from water; as water self-ionizes to equilibrium, this would lead to the removal of the water itself.
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Distillation won't accelerate galvanic corrosion as quickly as deionized water however, deionized water is less likely to have organic compounds in it.

I say distilled with a biocide and corrosion inhibitor would be best. (or even a corrosion inhibitor and a piece of silver in the res)

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To the OP,

You can use just about any dye except for food-coloring (it won't last). Highlighters mixed with your coolant in a seperate container will work.

There are also plenty of aftermarket dyes that are UV and non-UV reactive that would be fine to add to your own coolant mixture.
Edited by Slider46 - 12/18/08 at 9:56am
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