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Lighter Fluid good for cleaning?

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Blue Jester_2112

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May 11, 2001
Just curious, is lighter fluid any good for cleaning thermal paste and/or thermal tape off of cpu's and chips or is that a really bad idea?
 

oc jason

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I dont see why not it has some alcohol in it-but the funnyiest BAD thing that could happen is some of the fluid soak in and whilw under load it burst into flames-that would suck
 

zoopa_man

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LOL good idea. I would pay money to see someone experement with how much lighter fluid it would take to get an old 486 to burst into flames. :) don't panic i'm not going to try it. Just seems like one of those things we don't think of until it happens!!!!!!
 

Ridenow

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Some solvents leave a residue, I do not know if lighter fluid does. If it does not then it would be great for cleaning HSFs. Acetone is the recomended solvent, it works well and does not leave a residue.
 

Hoot

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Given the composition of lighter fluid, I would follow up using it with some anhydrous (no water in it) alcohol.

Hoot
 
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William

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acetone is still tops in my book for cleaning stuff, that and a little HCl will do wonders.
 
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William

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krakerman (Jun 12, 2001 12:53 a.m.):
acetone is best, from my experience. just dont drink it.

not going to ask, not going to ask, not going to ask, oh allright, where did that come from!!!
 
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Blue Jester_2112

Blue Jester_2112

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Kewl, I usually stick with Acetone for cleaning up thermal paste too.(I have a bottle of 100% acetone and whew it stinks) The reason I was asking is becuase I haven't had much luck with acetone and thermal tape. I recently got a HS for my northbridge and it came with thermal tape attatched. Usually I use lighter fliud to remove stickers and the like and I figured if it was safe to use it might be an excellent and easy solution. Generally it evaporates very quickly so I'll give it a try then follow with some rubbing alcohol to clear up any residue it might leave.