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 | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Best solution jsc CPUs Master 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). | Report abuse 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 | Report abuse jaguarskx CPUs Master 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. | Report abuse Cygnus x-1 CPUs Expert 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. | Report abuse vfulco August 15, 2011 12:01:40 AM Best answer selected by vfulco. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>CPUs>Thermal paste removal> Related ressources: ForumThermal Paste Removal ForumThermal Paste Removal /Installation Guide ForumThermal paste application/ removal question ForumRemoval of thermal paste ForumURGENT - Nail Varnish remover for cpu thermal paste removal ! ☺☺☺ ForumInstalling HSF/ Removal and Thermal Paste ? Clean & Apply each time? ForumThermal Paste Removal /Installation Guide ForumRemoving thermal paste with water? ForumHow to remove thermal paste ? no rubbing alchol ForumH100i Thermal paste questions ForumEasy alternative of thermal paste ForumCan i remove the thermal paste ? ForumBest thermal paste for lowest temps ForumWhat should I use to remove thermal paste ? ForumRemoved IHS to replace thermal paste on i5 3750k temps have INCREASED. ForumCpu thermal paste ForumBest Cpu cooler for ~40 ForumWhen i scan my pc with antivirus my pc get switche off and when i restarts its s ForumTwo kinds of Thermal Paste at once? safe/acceptable? Forum[Solved] Do aftermarket fans come with thermal paste? More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !