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So I rinsed my water block with hot tap water and then rinsed it with distilled water. I then put the plastic back on the bottom just to protect it and let it sit overnight. In the morning I saw that it had some stains on the bottom. I tried to scrub them off with a scrubber that my wife uses for cleaning dish, but no avail. Then I do not know what possed me, I used some steel wool to clean it off

Well, it did clean it all right - the mirror like finish is gone. DOH. I tried to buff it up, but the finish is not like what it was before.

So, you think it is ruined? Or if I use TIM properly I will still be ok?
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post #2 of 15
Ruined? Naw. As is performance will likely suffer a bit. You'll need to lap that surface back to shine, see any of the guides on OCN.
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post #3 of 15
lap it or do the ketchup/vinegar/lemon method
    
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post #4 of 15
u have a few options

1 - get you some Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/coliul.html

2 - get you a lap kit and relap the block
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You need to LAP it if you want it shiny again. I would be far to lazy though and just use it
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post #6 of 15
unless you actually gouged into the metal, I doubt you will see any difference in performance.
If you had lab grade measuring equipment and controls, you could probably demonstrate a slight performance difference, but real world, nah.

If your CPU isn't lapped, even a lab probably couldn't demonstrate a performance difference.
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post #7 of 15
Steel wool? Doh.

Time to go get some sand paper and lap it.

http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=87979
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+1 .. If the CPU is not lapped it likely is irrelevant...

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Originally Posted by Caleal View Post
unless you actually gouged into the metal, I doubt you will see any difference in performance.
If you had lab grade measuring equipment and controls, you could probably demonstrate a slight performance difference, but real world, nah.

If your CPU isn't lapped, even a lab probably couldn't demonstrate a performance difference.
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post #9 of 15
No, that's just a little oxidation which has no influence on thermal performance. Use a little ketchup and rub it on the base then rinse it off if you want to shine it up again, but there is really no need.

And if you decide to lap it, only do so with the block taken apart.

You CAN ruin a block by lapping it when assembled as you'll remove that valuable bow.
    
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Needs to be lapped if you want it shiny again.
     
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