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What is the best way to remove the sticker compound that comes with most HSF?

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MidnightClocker

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Also is it bad to touch the bottom of the HS? And do small scratches, like the size of a hair, affect its performance?
 

alan

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I have had success with both acetone or lighter fluid.

I think the lighter fluid is probably safer. Even rubbing alcohol will work, but you may need to scrub more.

Of course...this all assumes that the compound on your HS is the same as mine.
 

Betty

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Nail polish remover is good...I also read in a post in the cooling section, that lapping your heatsink is the best way to get rid of all traces of compound.

But, then again, any strong solvent would work...in the same thread, I'm pretty sure that it said something about toliet bowl cleaner.
 
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William

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toilet boal cleaner will do it, but if you have an aluminum heatsink, be wary, HCL LOVES aluminum. Copper is ok, HCL does not react with copper. I find WD40 to be good, and I love acetone(nail polish remover). Also, i got my hands once on some 1-1-1 trichloroethane, that was great stuff, the pad sorda disappeared :) :).
 

Shadow ÒÓ

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dunno260 (Apr 20, 2001 01:13 a.m.):
toilet boal cleaner will do it, but if you have an aluminum heatsink, be wary, HCL LOVES aluminum. Copper is ok, HCL does not react with copper. I find WD40 to be good, and I love acetone(nail polish remover). Also, i got my hands once on some 1-1-1 trichloroethane, that was great stuff, the pad sorda disappeared :) :).

not sure I'd use WD 40 as it's oil based....conductive as well as attracts dust. There's stuff called Goof Off or Goo Gone.....just a glorified paint thinner but works well even on bubble gum.