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Ok I've got the need to clean my rad its getting choked up with dust even after vaccuuming off the dust on a monthly basis, dust is still getting in and around it after almost a year of running without issues

this is a pretty big and expensive radiator (HWLabs GTX 560)... What is the best and safest way to clean internally and externally?

I also was foolish and ran limegreen UV Dye in my loop. Im switching to colored tubing and distilled water when I get a new case... What is the best way to clean the rad internally? I flushed the rad on purchase to remove chunks etc but for Dye???

Last time I switched dye's i also replaced the rad so i didn't bother cleaning it, but I noticed I had to flush the distilled water a couple times due to residual dye in the pump.. Vinegar wash? soap wash? wat do?
    
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To remove dust use compressed air in a can if on firs blast through try it with a staw on the end to get in all the nooks and crannies,

To clean the internals of the rad id advise flushing out with distilled/De iornised water also fill and shake is a good way to get all those bits of dye out

Also if youve been running dye take the waterblocks apart and give them a good flush too or you could just fill the whole loop up with destilled water and five it a blast round there and see what happens but i think for the best results just take it apart and clean all individually

Hope this helps
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Hello.

Internally, I would rig a line with a pump and run distilled water on a single pass (not recirculated) until the channels run clear.

Externally I would start by removing the radiator from the loop, vacuuming the surface areas of the fins and maybe use some pipe cleaners so that you have some kinetic cleaning action between the fins. Then give the radiator a bath in a sink or the tub. with warm water followed by a thorough rinse.

As you may well know the HW Labs fins are quite delicate (or at least they are on the 480' that I have) so take care when giving the radiator its bath.

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The best thing I have found is simply using your kitchen faucet spray hose and rinsing the dust off with warm water. It doesn't have enough pressure to do any harm and you can get the nozzle near the fins to give it a good shower.biggrin.gif

Using a little soap helps too. That's what I've always done if I really wanted to clean a radiators fins
    
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Originally Posted by SilveR_172;11852724 
To remove dust use compressed air in a can if on firs blast through try it with a staw on the end to get in all the nooks and crannies,

To clean the internals of the rad id advise flushing out with distilled/De iornised water also fill and shake is a good way to get all those bits of dye out

Also if youve been running dye take the waterblocks apart and give them a good flush too or you could just fill the whole loop up with destilled water and five it a blast round there and see what happens but i think for the best results just take it apart and clean all individually

Hope this helps
I've used that before and it doesn't seem to really help (compressed can air)

I planned on disassembling the waterblocks to brush em clean and shiny - i can see my cpu block has build up in it (clear top)
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Hello.

Internally, I would rig a line with a pump and run distilled water on a single pass (not recirculated) until the channels run clear.

Externally I would start by removing the radiator from the loop, vacuuming the surface areas of the fins and maybe use some pipe cleaners so that you have some kinetic cleaning action between the fins. Then give the radiator a bath in a sink or the tub. with warm water followed by a thorough rinse.

As you may well know the HW Labs fins are quite delicate (or at least they are on the 480' that I have) so take care when giving the radiator its bath.

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Forgive me if I'm being blind but how in the eff do you use pipe cleaners on fins...?

I already vacuum the surface of the fins - my radiator is exposed at the front so where the dust hits, i can touch it with vacuum. It just isn't getting all of it off so its been building up over the months.

I plan on flushing it but you say single pass? How would I do this? 5gal bucket being re-filled by....tub? lol and just drain it directly?

this rad is ident to the GTX 480, just uses 140mm fans instead of 120's

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The best thing I have found is simply using your kitchen faucet spray hose and rinsing the dust off with warm water. It doesn't have enough pressure to do any harm and you can get the nozzle near the fins to give it a good shower.biggrin.gif

Using a little soap helps too. That's what I've always done if I really wanted to clean a radiators fins

OH MY GOD YOU'RE STILL AROUND?? Dude I remember reading your reviews a while back, legendary work!
Also, thanks for the advice that might work out well
    
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A regular air compressor would be handy or this.

I got one of the metro vacs and it is a beast at removing dust from pretty much anything and is great for my radiator.

However, it is loud and way more powerful than a regular air can so it's not as handy for blowing dust off of regular things like shelves of knick knacks, pictures, or what have you as it will knock them over.
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Forgive me if I'm being blind but how in the eff do you use pipe cleaners on fins...?

I sometimes use them to clean the perimeter of the fin-area and under the screw-flange. The vacuum that I use does not fully clean those areas. I fold the pipe cleaners in half, make an "L"-shape and gently remove dust.
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I sometimes use them to clean the perimeter of the fin-area and under the screw-flange. The vacuum that I use does not fully clean those areas. I fold the pipe cleaners in half, make an "L"-shape and gently remove dust.

Ah, I see, thank you
    
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If you're having serious dust problems, might I suggest getting a HEPA air purifier? I run mine 24/7 and it's designed to be very easy to clean. I just pop the panel off and vacuum the dust bunnies out of it.

It might reduce the amount of time you can go between having to clean your radiators. Just put your purifier right next to your PC.
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