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Ok, so just to double check - cleaning the blocks off with ketchup and after standing for a while brush off and rinse with distilled water...

Radiators- I can let some vinegar sit in them overnight and then rinse out with distilled right?

Now the big question for me is how to clean out this sucker...

http://www.jab-tech.com/XSPC-X2O-750...p-pr-4728.html

I have one of those and I see some sediment or algae residue on top of the internal pump... would letting it sit in vinegar overnight ruin the res and the pump???

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You will need more than just ketchup and distilled rinse water for those blocks. Ketchup has a good amount of sugar in it. Thus, the sugar reside will cause micro-organism growth in your cooling loop.

Ketchup has both vinegar and tomato acid that works on cleaning the copper blocks. HOWEVER, the vinegar is the wrong type usually in ketchup. Ketchup can use apple based vinegar that would also allow micro-organism growth.

Distilled "White Vinegar" (usually corn/wheat based) found in nearly every grocery store works much better. If you have some around the kitchen, rinse the blocks with it. This will remove the sugar reside and any air borne microbes that may have landed onto the blocks. This would be fine to let sit in the pump overnight as you need.

Avoid apple or red wine vinegars for cleaning.
Edited by bmaverick - 1/1/11 at 11:48am
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It looks like that reservoir can be dismantled.

If so, I would do so (very carefully) and clean each component (sans pump electronics) in warm soapy water, followed by several thorough rinses in distilled water.

A soft-bristled toothbrush, Q-tips and some pipe cleaners will help immensely.

Again, when dismantling the reservoir take care not damage or mar any of the mating surfaces that create the seal, or any of the threadings that appear (looks to be threaded into the panels) to be in the plastic walls..

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I use white vinegar and hot water and run it through the loop.

It did a really good job at removing a bunch of dye i didn't know existed in my loop. I ran dye for about 3 months>then ran distilled+pt nuke for 6 months>then cleaned with vinegar+hot water and the cleaning solution turned super dark blue from the old dye in there, i couldn't believe it.

It wouldn't work well against corrosion i think, but against dye or possible algae it works awesome.
Edited by Vermillion - 1/1/11 at 1:01pm
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Thank you for all the responses! Now, does it matter if after everything is cleaned the copper pins and stuff are all that dark color? Does that affect cooling in any way or is it merely a visual issue that can be fixed with some Brasso?

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