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July 26, 2013 9:01:29 AM

I need a way to clean old thermal paste off a cpu, I can't seem to get hold of any isopropyl, as all chemists near me don't have it haha, sucks, so what other ways are there please.

I also need a way to apply arctic silver 5 easily, I'm changing mobo, so need to change thermal paste at the same time, I'm going from the stock crap, to arctic silver 5.

I've heard the rice grain trick is put a bit of paste on the cpu, in the middle, rice grain size, then put the stock heatsink on top of it, and push it down twisting it slightly, is this the best method?

Thanks in advance
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July 26, 2013 9:17:17 AM

I suggest using Isopropyl alcohol and cotton balls, you can buy both from just about any corner/grocery store. (No need for a chemist, they are household items for treating scraps etc..) Place the new thermal paste in the center of the heat sink about the size of a pea, no need to twist the heat sink that will just throw off the way it naturally spreads.
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July 26, 2013 9:24:13 AM

I've tried absulutly everywhere to get isopropyl, no where near me has it.
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July 26, 2013 9:30:04 AM

Dreadbeard said:
I've tried absulutly everywhere to get isopropyl, no where near me has it.


Finger nail polish remover if you can get some, where do you live that you can't find isopropyl alcohol?
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July 26, 2013 9:43:39 AM

In a small town in England, everywhere is out of stock, or just doesn't stock it, though I beleive nail polish remover we have, so if that's able to work then I'm sure I can use it
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July 26, 2013 9:49:21 AM

Dont use the nailpolish remover it can damage the surface

Use rubbin alcohol i m sure u wud get it in local stores
And clean the suface
Rubbin alcohol is nthin bt isoprpyl >70%
If u still dont get it get a strong vodca with more than 70% alcohol
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July 26, 2013 9:52:36 AM

We've fryed everywhere for every sort of rubbing alcohole, no where around here stocks it weirdly enough.
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a c 406 à CPUs
July 26, 2013 9:53:13 AM

Then use vodca
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a c 406 à CPUs
July 26, 2013 9:54:54 AM

If u cant use that
Use a diluted form of nailpolish remover so that it doesnt get damaged
The ratio shud b 60 nailplish remover 40 water



Hope it helped

Dont frget to close the post
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July 26, 2013 10:22:24 AM

I think before I take a chance with NPR I'm going to work as hard as possible to get some isopropyle
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July 26, 2013 10:27:32 AM

Is surgical spirit the same type of things?
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a c 406 à CPUs
July 26, 2013 10:34:42 AM

Sugical spirit is the rubbin ethanol itself
Use it perfectly fine
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July 26, 2013 10:38:42 AM

Dont waste ur money on that use surgical spirit
No dbt that product is meant to remove
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July 26, 2013 10:39:38 AM

It's more that I'm not sure if the surgical spirit at my local asda is the correct one
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July 26, 2013 10:41:08 AM

Ohkay go fr the artic clean then

Use it with cttn buds


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July 26, 2013 12:44:18 PM

I apoligise for opening this again, but I have some surgical spirits, but it has 2.5% castor oil in it, is this still ok to use?
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July 26, 2013 1:07:59 PM

No castor oil can frm a layer on the surface so its a big no

And no problem in that u feel free like contactin me u can even do me a PM so dnt wrry about dat
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July 26, 2013 1:14:19 PM

I attempted to, but it said your name was invalid, I thought surgical spirits were all based with a bit of caster oil, otherwise I'm not sure what to do, I can't get any isopropyl alcohole rub till Monday, and I need it for tomorrow.
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July 26, 2013 1:29:02 PM

Just go into the crrnt thread and click the mssg bttn u ll surely b able to

U can try it but my reccomendation would b nailplish remover fr now
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July 26, 2013 1:33:47 PM

I'm just a little bit concerned about that one, that's why I ask, as I know it could potentially corrosive, that's a bit of a concern. In my eyes, I don't want to damage my processor or heatsink, that's why I'm trying to find different ways of doing it.
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July 26, 2013 1:37:45 PM

Do u have vodka???
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July 26, 2013 1:50:11 PM

I don't, I'm 18 tomorrow haha, but I am able to go to novatech tomorrow and grab some of the arcticlean stuff, so I think tht should be ok.
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July 26, 2013 1:52:52 PM

Yeah perfectly more than ohkay
Happy b day if u r turnin 18 tommorow
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July 26, 2013 1:58:14 PM

Thanks bud, got a new case and mobo for my birthday :)  as long as that stuff will be ok, I'm sorted
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July 26, 2013 2:02:08 PM

Great gift
Many many happy returns
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July 26, 2013 2:09:58 PM

Welcome
Take care
Enjoy gaming
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