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I wanna use Vinegar to clean off some harsh stains as soaking in hot watet is not doing it...

I have the waterblocks completely disassembled, Im using a toothbrush and towel on it and this stuff is NOT coming off!

Is Vinegar safe to use on Acrylic / Plexi and Nickel

Link to damaged goods: http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...locks-bit.html
 
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Ohhh, holy moley. Is that stuff physical - i.e., can you feel it on there with your fingers? Or is it smooth?
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feels like sand paper. I can scratch it with my nails but I'm not doing that to the whole thing on 4 sides
 
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Ah. I'm willing to bet those are carbonate deposits and the like from hard water. FYI, next time if you use double-distilled water, you shouldn't have this kind of a problem.

You're on the right track, as vinegar (or other acidic solutions) should take care of the problem more readily. Although I'm sorry to say I can't comment on the saftey of acidic solutions on acrylics and plexi. Nickel isn't exactly a fun metal to keep clean and happy, but the vinegar won't hurt the nickel.

Hope this helps
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Thanks

The acrylic is easier to clean as its flat surfaced... its not milled into stupid mazes like the nickel coated block is....

Vinegar on the block it is... I'll wait for input


also, i did use distilled water.. it was a store brand though (did this screw me?)

I did use Feaser One UV GREEN Dye, that's what probably fked me
 
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WOW 30 seconds of rubbing Vinegar with my index finger cleaned about 50% of it... I need to go grab a small tooth brush to finish this nicely


Still not sure about acrylic though
 
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From what I'm seeing, fish tanks and bathtubs like to be cleaned with mild vinegar:

http://www.bathcrest.com/media/Care_and_Maintenance.pdf

So you might be just fine.
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P.S. - Water is never just "water", so even if it was distilled, the high temps and surface material erosion of being in the loop could have easily done that. I would think it would have been much less of a problem though. *shrugs*
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Ok, I'll go light on the acrylic with vinegar, probably dilute it 50/50 with distilled water


suggestions on high quality distilled water? I don't want to deal with this ever again.

perhaps a light sediment filter for my loop?

BTW: vinegar on nickel = 100% clean again, thanks for confirming
 
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Chemistry labs always have distillers on hand (or you can buy one for like a hundred bucks, not worth it). Hightail it to your local university, ask politely and smile/nod a lot.

Be sure to rinse that nickel real well before reassembly! Might want to dab baking soda on it just to be sure (which needs to be rinsed thoroughly as well). An acidic loop will look uglier than that if you have to take it apart!
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