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Is there a preferred copper/nickel water block polishing cream? Which one is it if anyone knows? Also is this done by hand or can a polishing machine be used?
If not can you link me to a good block polisher? I might open my block up again to see if i can get is mirror polished as much as i can possibly thanks.

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Anything that isn't abrasive.
By hand I'd use microfiber and soapy water.
For tools you'd want some sort of rotating sponge or cloth, there are too many for me to list but as long as it isn't abrasive it should be ok.
IMO it would take more time with power tools since your blocks shouldn't be too stained or dirty. Simply rubbing them down with microfiber is probably all it would take.
I wouldn't use any polish, the blocks should have been polished from the factory and the only thing that will remove a polishing (on nickel) is abrasion.
Also becasue of this:
  • Its unique, finely mixed formula produces a rich, brilliant shine on any uncoated, non-ferrous, metal surface including, brass, gold, silver, aluminum, magnesium, pewter, chrome, sterling, copper and stainless steel (no nickel)
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Link takes me to OCN home page.

Any reason you can't use something mild like bar keepers friend? IIRC that's what I used on my swiftech apogee water block years ago. BKF instructions don't have any mention of nickel, good or otherwise however.


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I got this white polishing Compounds(Green should be more fine):
look for this kind sticks:
https://www.banggood.com/WhiteGreenP...r_warehouse=CN
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The actual reason i am asking is not only for general polishing of nickel or copper waterblocks, but also because i have corrosion damage from the previous owner that has literally eaten away the nickel plating on my auros 1080ti in a dozen areas on the block, pretty harsh. I have thought about using some fin sandpaper in the troubled areas as long as i stay away from the areas that the o-ring sits although there is damage around that area also. Then after using fine sandpaper i was considering using a metal polish. At this point after using sandpaper does it even matter if the metal polish is abrasive?
I am not talking about the bottom where it sits on the chip, i am talking about the inner blocks metal where the water flows through like a gpus actual water channels are of the block.
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Here is the block if you enlarge and look very closely you can see the damage EVERYWHERE especially around the edges chiped and damaged the whole way around and in the middle scattered all over. This is why i am trying to literally FIX this block because you literally CAN'T buy another one at this point for the auros 1080ti it is not produced or out of stock everywhere so i NEED to make this work Lol.

[Ps this was after a soapy water toothbrush scrub and 2 min vinegar bath so it is very clean revealing all the damage in all its glory ***
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Quote: Originally Posted by VolatilXplosion View Post
Here is the block if you enlarge and look very closely you can see the damage EVERYWHERE especially around the edges chiped and damaged the whole way around and in the middle scattered all over. This is why i am trying to literally FIX this block because you literally CAN'T buy another one at this point for the auros 1080ti it is not produced or out of stock everywhere so i NEED to make this work Lol.

[Ps this was after a soapy water toothbrush scrub and 2 min vinegar bath so it is very clean revealing all the damage in all its glory ***
Unless any other member suggests a way to fix your nickel plating:

A prolonged vinegar bath will probably take out the remaining nickel, although it will take too long. Something like Viakal might be better. An automotive metal polisher might do the job easier, but you will need to rub (a used sock will do), with the added benefit that you can preserve the nickel plating on the underside.

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It's probably damaged from the vinegar. The acid ate the nickel plating away... I don't think polish will fix this.
But to answer you question: I use automotive chrome polish (mothers) from my nickel blocks with a microfiber cloth. And to clean them, I use a toothbrush and toothpaste/polish

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Quote: Originally Posted by broodro0ster View Post
It's probably damaged from the vinegar. The acid ate the nickel plating away... I don't think polish will fix this.
But to answer you question: I use automotive chrome polish (mothers) from my nickel blocks with a microfiber cloth. And to clean them, I use a toothbrush and toothpaste/polish
Well i only dipped it in vinegar for 2 mins. The damage was done from the previous owner using only distilled water with no additives or coolant. In less than 1 year this happened. I have not installed the card yet i am gathering and prepping part in about 3 weeks i should have it running.

Thanks for your response i might try that i am considering opening up the block again and trying my hand with a polishing cream or even sand paper to smoothen out the plating damage. The problem is it is near the inner ridge of the o-ring aswell the o-ring should function properly but it still feels nervous being so close to that area. It is the ridge right before where the o-ring channel rides in.

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Here is the block if you enlarge and look very closely you can see the damage EVERYWHERE especially around the edges chiped and damaged the whole way around and in the middle scattered all over. This is why i am trying to literally FIX this block because you literally CAN'T buy another one at this point for the auros 1080ti it is not produced or out of stock everywhere so i NEED to make this work Lol.

[Ps this was after a soapy water toothbrush scrub and 2 min vinegar bath so it is very clean revealing all the damage in all its glory ***
Unless any other member suggests a way to fix your nickel plating:

A prolonged vinegar bath will probably take out the remaining nickel, although it will take too long. Something like Viakal might be better. An automotive metal polisher might do the job easier, but you will need to rub (a used sock will do), with the added benefit that you can preserve the nickel plating on the underside.

Honestly this is what i was going to do the first time, but i chickend out and only left it in for 2 mins vs 2 days. I am not a metal expert so i was unsure of what it would do to the actual copper if left in backing soda+vinegar bath for 2 days. I still wonder if i should do this. But i don't want a can of worms either as i have not seen documentation with pictures of someone soaking their nickel or copper block in vinegar for 2 days straight. I really wonder, darn.
Another interesting thing i saw was a "SS" stamped on the block, does this mean it is stainless steel coating? Not sure, it is the waterforce wb auros extreme 1080ti.

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Distilled water didn't do that lol
They used a silver coil I bet.


I'd clean it and use it.

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