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post #1 of 13
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Hey, I have some used copper bga ramsinks (think they might be OCZ) but anyway, I've had a heck of a time trying to get all the sticky residue off them so I can use them...

what's the best way to get this gunk off? I've tried rubbing alcohol and arcticlean
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nail varnish remover..although it does end up polishing the heatsinks's too. lol.
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post #3 of 13
I would say use sandpaper (120 -220 grit) and tape it to a flat surface and basically act like you are lapping the ramsink. Hopefully that works out, if not try heating it up and wiping it off with a wet rag or scraping with a razor and then cleaning it up by either sanding or polishing.
post #4 of 13
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Use high-purity isopropyl alcohol or acetone and a bit of careful rubbing.
Do not use nail polish remover as it contains fragrance oils and other contaminants.
(If you use acetone, do a final cleaning with isopropyl alcohol.)

hey got this from the as5 web site dont use nail polish remover kk :]
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oops - too late - I used it on my CPU IHS to remove the thermal stuff. It was unscented though. :S
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alright thanks guys. I think sandpaper sounds like the best solution so far... (don't have to buy anything...lol) so I'll try that.
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post #7 of 13
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oops - too late - I used it on my CPU IHS to remove the thermal stuff. It was unscented though. :S
He is talking about the thermal tape on ramsinks not the compound used for a CPU or GPU core. Hopefully that sandpaper works out and doesn't get gummed up, that's what I'm worried about.
post #8 of 13
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yeah, well I got most of it off using rubbing alcohol and arcticlean
but it was still sticky. I got some of them cleaned off enough to use on my 7800GT, but I'm getting a new 7900GT and I wanted to put them on there... but don't want to buy new ones just cause these ones are sticky
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post #9 of 13
Same way you remove bumper stickers from bumpers. Put peanut butter on them over night.
The peanut oil seeps into the sticky stuff and lifts it off. Then clean them with alcohol.
post #10 of 13
Are they the ones i gave ya? lol i used a razor blade the kept rubbing my thumb on it until it peeled then used some windex to clean it up
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