Cleaning liquid metal with more liquid metal (IHS and Copper plate)
I just thought it would be useful for people curious about LM and how to clean it up.
Someone suggested to use a bit more LM to clean up between applications.
I'm using it between the IHS and my AIO copper cold plate, so after about one month I wanted to check my first application to see if everything was in order.
I naturally found the usual stain on the copper plate starting to develop.
For science, I tried cleaning the IHS with alcohol and I tried to clean the AIO copper plate with a bit more LM.
So, as expected, the IHS surface turns black with the alcohol and cleaning takes more effort.
On the copper plate adding more LM activated the stain and it all turned shiny and liquid again (was partially dry and partially still liquid before). I got a clean dry cotton pad and removed it all quite easily, also I rubbed on it a bit more with steel wool. The result was that the copper plate had a nice shiny coating, where later on I re applied a fresh paint thick coat before mounting.
So, I strongly suggest you do that. No more alcohol to remove LM.
PC Specs: 3900X - X470 Taichi - TridentZ Neo CJR 64GB 3733Mhz tight timings / 1080ti waterforce xtreme - H115i Pro with 4 fans + Lapped IHS + Liquid Metal.
Per CCX OC Settings: 4.5/4.4/4.375/4.375 at 1.331V (1.306V vdroop) Max AIDA64AVX temp 80c balanced AIO (23 room temp)
Last edited by SaccoSVD; 08-16-2019 at 01:17 PM.