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April 18, 2013 9:18:55 PM

Can I clean my circuitboards with a soft dry paintbrush

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a b V Motherboard
April 18, 2013 9:31:26 PM

The trouble with cleaning with a dry paintbrush is dust does not stick to the brush. You end up just moving the dust around. Use a microfiber brush or one that dust can cling to. or can compress air to blow the dust out.
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a c 210 V Motherboard
April 18, 2013 10:41:39 PM

1 post per topic plz

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1656020/cleaning...

As to the questions, a brush can sometimes loosen a dust film from circuit boards but won't pick it it. Use in conjunction w/ compressed air to get things all spiffy clean and make sure that brush is for electronics otherwise can create static that might fry sumthin .... brushes that 'attract dust: use either static or goop to make it stick and neither is a good idea around electronics.
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April 19, 2013 3:59:17 AM

All I have is a paint brush, tap water, and cloth.
No compressed air or vacuums available.

How about wet cloth (tap water), dry cloth
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April 19, 2013 4:24:59 AM

Wet cloth (tap water), then dry cloth. Is this agood idea?
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April 19, 2013 7:21:34 AM

bartholomew said:
Keep your wet cloth & water far away.
Use the (DRY)paint brush to loosen the dust.
You can get a cheap & re usable hand pump to blow the dust away.
http://www.amazon.com/GOGO-Hand-Pump-Ball-Yoga/dp/B001K...
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Hand-Pump-Air-Blower-Compres...


The mobo is out of the pc, there is no electricity around.
I suppose I could loosen the dust with the dry paintbrush and then either wipe it away with a dry cloth, or blow it away (breath)

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a b V Motherboard
April 19, 2013 7:33:10 AM

anon_private said:
bartholomew said:
Keep your wet cloth & water far away.
Use the (DRY)paint brush to loosen the dust.
You can get a cheap & re usable hand pump to blow the dust away.
http://www.amazon.com/GOGO-Hand-Pump-Ball-Yoga/dp/B001K...
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Hand-Pump-Air-Blower-Compres...


The mobo is out of the pc, there is no electricity around.
I suppose I could loosen the dust with the dry paintbrush and then either wipe it away with a dry cloth, or blow it away (breath)


Yes, you could do that :) 
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a b V Motherboard
April 19, 2013 7:12:52 PM

A quick "dry" blow is better than nothing, no spit, please! :) 

Any type of fluid is bad for the motherboard. If you inadvertently do spill moisture on the motherboard, don't use a hair dryer, just leave the motherboard to dry on its own for a few days. you could use a hair dryer but not on heat settings just cold air only.

You could try an old toothbrush (no paste) but don't scrub, just gently brush the areas and be careful not to knock any of the capacitors, they are held by simple wires in place, easy to break them from their moorings.

Don't forget to vacuum your room. There should be no dust near your PC. Also, a good idea is to raise the PC case off the floor or carpet area by about 4cm or more. Use a board or some tiles. Dust is attracted to metal and anything that exhausts/inhales air.
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April 19, 2013 7:41:19 PM

A slightly damp cloth picks up dust nicely partially the blue microfiber ones, baby wipes also work quite well but tear easily if they catch on anything. blowing the dust can cause it to get blown into places you can't get it out of so its something to watch for. :-)
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