Solved Thermal paste removal Tags: CPUs Thermal Compound Intel i5 Last response: August 15, 2011 12:01 AM in CPUs Share vfulco August 3, 2011 10:24:09 PM Happened to purchase a refurbished Intel I5 and oddly in shipment the side which mates with the mobo came into contact with some of the thermal paste (packaged very poorly). What would be the safest way to remove it before installation. TIA, V. More about : thermal paste removal Best solution jsc a c 172 à CPUs August 3, 2011 11:26:56 PM Isopropyl alcohol and either a piece of a coffee filter or a lint free rag (an old T-shirt works well). Share dhicks19 August 4, 2011 2:26:43 PM +1 or nail varnish remover is also an alternative if you dont have any isoprop, no i dont wear nail varnish but my mrs does lol m 0 l Related resources Thermal Paste Removal - Forum Thermal Paste removal alternatives? - Forum Can I use special methylated spirits for removal of thermal paste - Forum Thermal paste removal - Forum Thermal paste removal; alcoholic handwash valid remover? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer jaguarskx a c 479 à CPUs August 4, 2011 3:07:52 PM jsc said:Isopropyl alcohol and either a piece of a coffee filter or a lint free rag (an old T-shirt works well). I use this with at least 90% alcohol. It is also known as rubbing alcohol. m 0 l Cygnus x-1 a b à CPUs August 4, 2011 10:27:46 PM Be careful about using other forms of cleaners. Some may leave a residue that your not aware of and actually hurt heat transfer. Isopropyl 90% or better is the safest best bet. m 0 l vfulco August 15, 2011 12:01:40 AM Best answer selected by vfulco. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Thermal Paste removal question? Forum SolvedThermal Paste removal without alcohol Forum SolvedThermal Paste Removal Forum Thermal Paste Removal? Forum Thermal Paste Removal/Installation Guide Forum Thermal paste application/removal question Forum URGENT - Nail Varnish remover for cpu thermal paste removal! ☺☺☺ Forum Removal of thermal paste Forum Installing HSF/Removal and Thermal Paste? Clean & Apply each time? Forum SolvedRemoving alredy applied thermal paste Forum SolvedThermal Paste Remover Forum SolvedHow to remove thermal paste? Forum SolvedIs it okay to use White Spirits for removing Thermal paste? Forum SolvedShould I remove/re-apply thermal paste, if... Forum SolvedIs the thermal paste removed (pic)? Forum More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !