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Thermal paste cleaning?

Bought a new scythe cooler, but because Corona can’t find isopropyl alcohol. Any alternatives? Got simple green or witch hazel...


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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-22-2020, 11:41 PM
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Bought a new scythe cooler, but because Corona can’t find isopropyl alcohol. Any alternatives? Got simple green or witch hazel...

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People will hate me for this suggestion, but Window Cleaner works wonderfully
But up to location it can have different types of sticky residue and perfumes inside mixed
Just water and a microfibre cloath - actually even toilet paper with water works well enough

If we consider it got somewhere on the board or dare not, inside the socket
WD-40 Contact cleaner ~ the alcohol free and oil free version of it - does a wonderful job
WD-40 Contact cleaner even does polish the copper a bit
Many options out there, even home perfume and then water afterwards work great
~ pick whatever non oily non sticky fluid you want (:

Usually you just dry wipe it first away, then with something non sticky to polish and clean any residues from it
I hope the paste you used (not watery) was non conductive

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People will hate me for this suggestion, but Window Cleaner works wonderfully
But up to location it can have different types of sticky residue and perfumes inside mixed
Just water and a microfibre cloath - actually even toilet paper with water works well enough

If we consider it got somewhere on the board or dare not, inside the socket
WD-40 Contact cleaner ~ the alcohol free and oil free version of it - does a wonderful job
WD-40 Contact cleaner even does polish the copper a bit
Many options out there, even home perfume and then water afterwards work great
~ pick whatever non oily non sticky fluid you want (:

Usually you just dry wipe it first away, then with something non sticky to polish and clean any residues from it
I hope the paste you used (not watery) was non conductive
I may have to try window cleaner. I use disinfectant wipes for bathrooms (wring first) and follow it up with coffee filter. Thanks for the tip.

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I may have to try window cleaner. I use disinfectant wipes for bathrooms (wring first) and follow it up with coffee filter. Thanks for the tip.
The coffee filter advice is great
For us our window cleaner is pretty much isopropanol and non staining substances with a bit of fresh smell that vaporizes quite fast
the paper does wipe away anything chemical that maaybe with an already low chance, could harm the paste composition
It's a very low chance to begin with, soo window cleaner does a wonderful job
The oil of your skin has a higher risk to decrease paste effectiveness than window cleaner
~ but even that barely does a difference at all
Well it's region dependent what they sell

At worst their thin chemical "protective layer against staining ~ windows" will dissolve away by the heat of the cpu near 70-80c
Soo it shouldn't matter at all, just water works too, tho i think tape water with it's water-lime is less clean than isopropanol mixtures

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Bought a new scythe cooler, but because Corona can’t find isopropyl alcohol. Any alternatives? Got simple green or witch hazel...


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Wipe all you can off with a dry cloth, tlittle Simple Green sprayed onto a paper towel or cloth should take it right off, depending on the TIM and whether the contact plate is polished. The already mentioned window cleaner used the same way works, as well and is my usual method.

NT-H1/2, MX-4, GC Extreme and many others all come right off with a dry cloth, no cleaners needed.

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Thanks, just tried the blue shop towels and a little water. Did the best I could with the stock AMD paste that was stuck on there. Think I applied too much paste in the new install though.. may have to redo it again.

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just wipe it off with a paper towel and a dab of water.


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There are a fair few cleaners out there. I use either akasa TIM Clean or Arctic Silver Arcticlean, which is a 2 part system. Both do the job really well, I probably prefer the Arctic as it has part 1 which is the TIM cleaner/degreaser similar to the akasa stuff, but then part 2 which I think is mostly alcohol to remove any residues left by the cleaner. The akasa is fine and you can get any residue off just by using a clean dry paper towel, but it's nice to have both.

I use the akasa on loads of other stuff too, it's excellent for removing residue from stickers and glue.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ecopot View Post
Think I applied too much paste in the new install though.. may have to redo it again.
Little personal advice
Use nitrile gloves, or any kind of kitchen/toilet thin sillicon gloves for applying paste
Found it to be helping, applying a thin layer of paste - as it doesn't seem to stick on nitrile that much as it does on the spatulas that come with 3rd party pastes

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