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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-12-2019, 05:59 AM
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Get a toothbrush out and some vinegar. It may well stay visually disgusting but it will work.
I had a 290X block with the nickel eaten away yet still performed amazingly. Most water cooling crap is just visual. By the time it actually degrades performance it will be in the bin and beyond its service life anyway.

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Boiling the cooper on hot water will get all that junk out then you can polish it with mothers so it dont look bad. Trust me thats what i do with cooper/brass when im going to do plating on them.. it will take out all that crap but you have to let it boil and scrub rinse and repeat. 30min 1hr just let it boil. It would not damage it.

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Thanks everyone.

But what do you think about that scratch I made on the copper under where the o-ring sits between the plate and the top? I'm still thinking about hitting the whole face with some sandpaper and working up through the grits to get rid of it. Just don't want any leaks.
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sanding it will only make it worse.

just do a pressure test later.

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Isn't Pastel max coolant life 2-3 years? I have been using Mayhems X1 coolant since I started watercooling in 2013 with annual coolant flushing as the stuff lasts 1 year. But when I flush my loop and inspect the water channels and fins its all in pristine condition with no buildup at all.

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Quote: Originally Posted by jamsomito View Post
Thanks everyone.

But what do you think about that scratch I made on the copper under where the o-ring sits between the plate and the top? I'm still thinking about hitting the whole face with some sandpaper and working up through the grits to get rid of it. Just don't want any leaks.
i'd guess its fine.

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I'd soak it in a solution of citric acid (only with unplated blocks) or Mayhem's Blitz part 1, which is phosphoric acid + surfactant, etc. If you use the latter, heed Mayhem's warning. Also, if you let it soak too long you'll begin to turn the liquid blue. This is copper acetate and when disposed of, dilute with plenty of water.



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Thanks everyone.

But what do you think about that scratch I made on the copper under where the o-ring sits between the plate and the top? I'm still thinking about hitting the whole face with some sandpaper and working up through the grits to get rid of it. Just don't want any leaks.
A scratch under the oring will be fine. It would have to be a severe gouge before the compressed oring couldn't seal it.
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