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Nickle Plating Removal

Hello all. I just bought an Ek GPU Waterblock and I want to remove the nickel plating. The reason is I had to buy this block because EK are the only ones that make a block for it. I know I could have gotten a universal one but I wanted full coverage for the VRMs. It's an EVGA 1080ti FTW3 based card.

I'd like to be able to run minimal coolant additives and get as close to plain distilled as I can. I am going to run Mayhems x1 clear/uv blue for now. Maybe I shouldn't even bother but just wondering if anyone has done this? If so how?

I've done some mild research. Most things point to an acid solution but I worry about the copper underneath. Same thing with any type of media blasting.
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seems like a waste of time and effort if you have proper coolant to prevent flaking. X1 won't affect cooling potential, and will drastically reduce evaporation.

it does not affect temp in any meaningful way. you'd need stupidly expensive scientific equipment to judge that difference.

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X1 is very safe for nickel. Don’t bother removing it.

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Plus, to get the nickle plating off would require a chemical soak you would not be able to do. It would need to be done by a professional plating business. One that does chrome work and such.
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Plus, to get the nickle plating off would require a chemical soak you would not be able to do. It would need to be done by a professional plating business. One that does chrome work and such.


just drop it in ketchup for a week. scrub, repeat. that shart will come off if its EK brand nickel.

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Thanks for all the responses.

I know the chemical solutions required and the proper mixes so no I don't need a professional shop. I also have access to the chemicals. Was trying to avoid it as they are obviously not a great solution and could damage the copper underneath if left in too long.

Besides coolant I'd like to have a pure copper loop. Guess I'll wait till the GTX 4000 series and just upgrade to a pure copper block then. Maybe Optimus will have a block for it by then. If they are still around after all this.

I may still attempt this just because. Was just hoping someone had other ideas besides the standard approach.

I guess I'll just go with the company that makes the stuff straight out of Milwaukee, WI. Since I only live an hour from them.

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