Reapplying heat compound PS3

Why is it necessary to preheat PS3 CPU and GPU before appplying fresh heat compound? Is it necessary to wait after preheating for application? If so how long?
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  1. Just follow the procedure recommended by the compound manufacturer and you should be fine.
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    probably to soften up/melt the factory applied thermal paste so you can remove the heatsink without any serious problems. playing a few games before removing should do the trick :D be careful of static electricity!
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