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Cleaning off Artic Silver Thermal Grease

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New Member
Apr 6, 2002
Does anyone know of a good way to clean off Artic Silver Thermal Grease off a processor? Alcohol doesn't work that well as their is still a bad stain on the cpu. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

- Zaleon
At http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_silver_instructions.htm
this is the recommendation:

Removal Instructions (From Hardware)
1. Arctic Silver thermal compound can easily be removed from hardware using the proper cleaners and tools. For general clean-up, a cloth or paper towel will work well. Intricate cleaning can be accomplished with Q-tip swabs. An old toothbrush can often get the compound out of crevices that other tools cannot reach.
The recommended cleaners are:

CPU Core:

Use isopropyl alcohol or acetone (nail polish remover) and a bit of careful rubbing.
(If you use acetone, do a final cleaning with isopropyl alcohol.)


Use xylene based products (Goof Off, some carburetor cleaners and many brake cleaners.) or mineral spirits.

Maybe a combination of acetone and rubbing alcohol will get the job done if you don't want to go out and buy engine degreaser.