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May 3, 2013 8:50:35 AM

Hi, i need a cloth for when removing the stock intel cooler and adding my new cm 212 evo to clean off stock thermal paste i hear you need it lint free, i have a cloth which is 80% polyester and 20% Polyamide is this microfiber?, i also have an old cotton t shirt will this do if the other one doesn't?

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May 3, 2013 8:56:06 AM

use a coffee filter and some isopropyl alcohol

Or you can just go buy the little cleaning wipes they are like .99 cents
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May 3, 2013 8:59:59 AM

unoriginal1 said:
use a coffee filter and some isopropyl alcohol

Or you can just go buy the little cleaning wipes they are like .99 cents

I bought this from amazon Arctic Silver ArctiClean Thermal Material Remover & Surface Purifier 60ml Kit so i don't need the alcohol but would i be able to use the old t shirt or the cloth?
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May 3, 2013 9:06:15 AM

Jonwil said:
unoriginal1 said:
use a coffee filter and some isopropyl alcohol

Or you can just go buy the little cleaning wipes they are like .99 cents

I bought this from amazon Arctic Silver ArctiClean Thermal Material Remover & Surface Purifier 60ml Kit so i don't need the alcohol but would i be able to use the old t shirt or the cloth?


Biggest $8 rip off ever. Yes, just use a tshirt or piece of cloth or go to a dollar store and get a micro fiber cloth or coffee filter or paper towel. Don't spend anymore more money though on some fancy "thermal paste removal cloth" or something though.

For stubborn thermal paste, I use some goo-off from the dollar store first, then alcohol from the dollar store, then micro fiber cloth from the dollar store and I can clean a 1000 cpus for $3.
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May 5, 2013 2:23:02 AM

Moisten some toilet paper with an Alcohol based cleaner (White and Methelated spirits I'v used before) and use that to clean off the paste. I then just used a bit more alcohol and the edge of a T-shirt to give it a final clean and to get rid of lint from the toilet paper.
Dont need anything particularly special for this, the application of the paste and heatsink has a much bigger effect to temperatures than how clean the CPU is beforehand.
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