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Thermal compound mess - How do I safely remove goo

I was doing a water cooling project for someone and they decided to cut me out on the last step and now I get to clean up the mess after the damage has been done. I guess when I said I need to put on thermal pads it just went out the other ear. What would be the best way to your silver like thermal compound off of a video card pcb. It is on the ram module and other chips where pads are supposed to be and some of the compound gooped over the pcb when i seperated the block from pcb, i need to get this stuff completly of to prevent a short. Can you put 90% denatured alcohol in a spray bottle, can you use something that aggressive once the bulk of the thermal goo has been wiped off? As far as I know the card is still functional.
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  1. 90% isopropyl is the go to, and this is safe to get on a PCB board. I accidentally spilled a bunch on my mobo during a cpu cooler install and just let it evaporate for a few hours and it worked like a charm.
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    AMD4400 said:
    I was doing a water cooling project for someone and they decided to cut me out on the last step and now I get to clean up the mess after the damage has been done. I guess when I said I need to put on thermal pads it just went out the other ear. What would be the best way to your silver like thermal compound off of a video card pcb. It is on the ram module and other chips where pads are supposed to be and some of the compound gooped over the pcb when i seperated the block from pcb, i need to get this stuff completly of to prevent a short. Can you put 90% denatured alcohol in a spray bottle, can you use something that aggressive once the bulk of the thermal goo has been wiped off? As far as I know the card is still functional.



    your best bet is to use
    Isopropyl Alcohol 99.9% Pure
    dont get this on your skin it burns like hell.
    cotton swabs and a normal throw away cup like you get out of hospitals.

    dip the cotton swab in the solution and leave it there to soak for a min then pull it out and rub the chipsets not hard but hard enough to remove the goop use coffee filters since there non static to dry of the pcb then let the pcb sit for about 30 mins just to be sure the chemical has evaporated

    once its completely removed id recomend in future you use mx4 thermal paste its non electrical conductive
  3. 90% or higher isopropyl and q-tips
  4. beyondlogic said:
    AMD4400 said:
    I was doing a water cooling project for someone and they decided to cut me out on the last step and now I get to clean up the mess after the damage has been done. I guess when I said I need to put on thermal pads it just went out the other ear. What would be the best way to your silver like thermal compound off of a video card pcb. It is on the ram module and other chips where pads are supposed to be and some of the compound gooped over the pcb when i seperated the block from pcb, i need to get this stuff completly of to prevent a short. Can you put 90% denatured alcohol in a spray bottle, can you use something that aggressive once the bulk of the thermal goo has been wiped off? As far as I know the card is still functional.



    your best bet is to use
    Isopropyl Alcohol 99.9% Pure
    dont get this on your skin it burns like hell.
    cotton swabs and a normal throw away cup like you get out of hospitals.

    dip the cotton swab in the solution and leave it there to soak for a min then pull it out and rub the chipsets not hard but hard enough to remove the goop use coffee filters since there non static to dry of the pcb then let the pcb sit for about 30 mins just to be sure the chemical has evaporated

    once its completely removed id recomend in future you use mx4 thermal paste its non electrical conductive


    Compound was not needed, it was thermal pads, and of 3 different thickness's. But the guy used the goo stuff and is not fun to look at. I But your right a non conductive compound is best to be used since the gpu die will need it.

    http://www.ekwb.com/shop/EK-IM/EK-IM-3831109835241.pdf

    Here pdf to help see what is going on for future readers.

    The part that is probably more laughable with this situation is the reservoir started leaking so the pc has been off for several weeks, something tells me if it did not spring a leak the video card would have shorted, or overheated and fry itself.
  5. AMD4400 said:
    beyondlogic said:
    AMD4400 said:
    I was doing a water cooling project for someone and they decided to cut me out on the last step and now I get to clean up the mess after the damage has been done. I guess when I said I need to put on thermal pads it just went out the other ear. What would be the best way to your silver like thermal compound off of a video card pcb. It is on the ram module and other chips where pads are supposed to be and some of the compound gooped over the pcb when i seperated the block from pcb, i need to get this stuff completly of to prevent a short. Can you put 90% denatured alcohol in a spray bottle, can you use something that aggressive once the bulk of the thermal goo has been wiped off? As far as I know the card is still functional.



    your best bet is to use
    Isopropyl Alcohol 99.9% Pure
    dont get this on your skin it burns like hell.
    cotton swabs and a normal throw away cup like you get out of hospitals.

    dip the cotton swab in the solution and leave it there to soak for a min then pull it out and rub the chipsets not hard but hard enough to remove the goop use coffee filters since there non static to dry of the pcb then let the pcb sit for about 30 mins just to be sure the chemical has evaporated

    once its completely removed id recomend in future you use mx4 thermal paste its non electrical conductive


    Compound was not needed, it was thermal pads, and of 3 different thickness's. But the guy used the goo stuff and is not fun to look at. I But your right a non conductive compound is best to be used since the gpu die will need it.

    http://www.ekwb.com/shop/EK-IM/EK-IM-3831109835241.pdf

    Here pdf to help see what is going on for future readers.

    The part that is probably more laughable with this situation is the reservoir started leaking so the pc has been off for several weeks, something tells me if it did not spring a leak the video card would have shorted, or overheated and fry itself.


    be thankful he didnt use the permanent stuff lol like lumina
  6. beyondlogic said:
    AMD4400 said:
    beyondlogic said:
    AMD4400 said:
    I was doing a water cooling project for someone and they decided to cut me out on the last step and now I get to clean up the mess after the damage has been done. I guess when I said I need to put on thermal pads it just went out the other ear. What would be the best way to your silver like thermal compound off of a video card pcb. It is on the ram module and other chips where pads are supposed to be and some of the compound gooped over the pcb when i seperated the block from pcb, i need to get this stuff completly of to prevent a short. Can you put 90% denatured alcohol in a spray bottle, can you use something that aggressive once the bulk of the thermal goo has been wiped off? As far as I know the card is still functional.



    your best bet is to use
    Isopropyl Alcohol 99.9% Pure
    dont get this on your skin it burns like hell.
    cotton swabs and a normal throw away cup like you get out of hospitals.

    dip the cotton swab in the solution and leave it there to soak for a min then pull it out and rub the chipsets not hard but hard enough to remove the goop use coffee filters since there non static to dry of the pcb then let the pcb sit for about 30 mins just to be sure the chemical has evaporated

    once its completely removed id recomend in future you use mx4 thermal paste its non electrical conductive


    Compound was not needed, it was thermal pads, and of 3 different thickness's. But the guy used the goo stuff and is not fun to look at. I But your right a non conductive compound is best to be used since the gpu die will need it.

    http://www.ekwb.com/shop/EK-IM/EK-IM-3831109835241.pdf

    Here pdf to help see what is going on for future readers.

    The part that is probably more laughable with this situation is the reservoir started leaking so the pc has been off for several weeks, something tells me if it did not spring a leak the video card would have shorted, or overheated and fry itself.


    be thankful he didnt use the permanent stuff lol like lumina


    I am, it is not like dried glu or crusty, and is easily removable. Just have to get it off those tiny little stuff to prevent it from shorting.
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