Yes it would. That's why most heatsink instructions tell you to get some alcohol and remove the oil that comes on heatsinks (to prevent oxidation). Copper oxidates really easy.
February 12, 2001 2:23:01 PM
Just lick it off!
I use paper towels. Though, I have never had to remove it from a processor like my TBird with components and the core on the surface. They should work well on the heat sink though.
I am just a wanderer, that I am.
February 12, 2001 2:33:02 PM
Use a bit of alcohol on a lint free cloth and wipe it off with that, your worry about the oil from your hand is getting a bit anal. If your worried about that wipe your finger with the alcohol first. There will not be a whole lot of difference between the silicon grease and the silver based stuff if both are applied right in the first place so it is kind of chasing your tail.