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post #1 of 21
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Guess who's got their work cut out for them tonight?



Guess I did a pretty bad job of cleaning out he rad before using it. Bring on the vinegar!

This proved to be a great filter for the rest of the system because my other blocks are pristine.
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Did you use dye in your loop?
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Nope! I must have just done the worlds worst job ever cleaning my radiators before use. The larger reddish bits are scrap from my tubing cutting. No idea how it got in there, though I have found my hair in my pump before.

Every time I get ready to start cleaning I just break down laughing when I look at the poor thing.
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post #4 of 21
Impressive! Give us an after pic too.
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post #5 of 21
Did you use pond water or something? Haha, that's pretty nasty stuff!
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post #6 of 21
you might start with a toothbrush and dish soap as it is most gentle

some might save the worst for ketchup/catsup but others won't use vinegar on a block as it removes copper

you might see what it looks like after the toothbrush and soap as some residual staining will not affect performance

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post #7 of 21
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I'm tooshbrushing away right now. Warm soapy water has had a pretty minimal effect so far. All it did was clear out the chunks. I think I'll bust out the ketchup pretty soon.
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Originally Posted by d0gr0ck View Post
I'm tooshbrushing away right now. Warm soapy water has had a pretty minimal effect so far. All it did was clear out the chunks. I think I'll bust out the ketchup pretty soon.
Be very careful with the ketchup on copper though.
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post #9 of 21
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Yeah, gotta love the wonders of oxidation.

I'm gonna leave the block to sit in the warm and soapy for now and give it another scrub attack with the toothbrush after dinner.
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post #10 of 21
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A quick pic for how things are moving along.



2 Hours ago I started using a soak of weak vinegar solution (~10-15%) and giving it a toothbrush scrub ever 20 minutes. That's when I started seeing results. With some more patience I should be able to get rid of most of the tarnish.
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