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What is best method in removing thermal paste?

Last response: in Overclocking
February 9, 2001 10:51:20 PM

I want to replace the stock thermal paste and reapply arctic silver ... what is the best method?
February 9, 2001 11:55:10 PM

just wipe it off with your finger. If your careful you can use alcohol- just be sure to dry it up.

-MP Jesse
February 10, 2001 1:12:47 AM

Oil from my body would cause a heating prob.. would it not?
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February 10, 2001 2:00:25 AM

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.

-MP Jesse
a b K Overclocking
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.

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a b K Overclocking
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.


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