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Is it safe to use alcohol to clean motherboard and graphics card?
I have some, I'm not sure what kind of alcohol it is but its the one they use for medicinal purposes.
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I use rubbing alcohol to clean some things.
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Someone told me alcohol can dissolve the solder mask on the boards. Is it true?
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It doesn't dissolve solder as far as i know(Could find nothing of this sort googling) or can tell.

I would make sure it was real dry tho, because it sounds like you have regular rubbing alcohol which comes in various percentages so a portion of that is water, it's fine as long as it's dry.
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use 99.342% isopropyl its the solvent of the gods!
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Is it safe to use alcohol to clean motherboard and graphics card?
I have some, I'm not sure what kind of alcohol it is but its the one they use for medicinal purposes.
If you don't want to waste money of 99%, just go to your local drug store or any store for that matter and pick up a bottle of 91% or whatever the highest % they have there. That will work perfectly. I've been using that for years on my components. Gets TIM of pretty easily as well. With thermal tape, you have to let the heatsinks soak in it but it eats it up pretty fast. I think mine soaked for about an hour tops and the thermal tape was completely gone.
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Eggaklty !! Isopropyl all the way! I too use rubbing alcohol ( u'll get it at the chemists) for just about everything -- be it cleaning my mouse before a lan party tongue.gif or my in-ears , glasses or even my phone once in a while ..
Be wary :
potential problems/benifits:
1. It'll leave behind a bit of coppersulphate! cuso4 is not going to evaporate with the alcohol! This film is basically trace amounts of a salt that frankly do nothing ...
another cleaning and there'll be the same amount there,. no accumulation.
2. Never go ahead and clean a lens w/ alcohol ! Only isopropyl / a better ROR solution if what you have is expensive. If you're in delhi , then try chandini chowk for all ur chemical *cough* needs!
3. Alcohol is fab. when it comes to cleaning up the hardest of TIMs smile.gifsmile.gif IF it fails, personally, I use kerosene oil smile.gif its either alcohol or kerosene that does it for me ! Then clean off the kerosene with the alcohol and you now have a squeaky clean surface !
4. It helps when cleaning electronics yes! No static is produced cause you're not rubbing dry surfaces!!! But don't take my word on that .. Just logic.
5. Be careful! PCB's can be multilayered and aggressive rubbing with a solvent can have undesirable effects I'm not aware of!
6. You may just cake up mud ! better to use a can of compressed air ! I tried to get a can from the UK but those fools at the airport don't mind deos, but scoff at compressed air ! good lord!
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