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Can i use alcohol swabs to clean my heatsink 82% ethanol?

Benny_DKBenny_DK Member Posts: 24 Networker
Hello, so im changing my cpu in a couple of days and i was wondering if i could use alcohol swabs 82% ethanol to clean my heatsink for thermal grease and do i have to wait for it to dry out before placing it on the new thermal paste and turning on my cpu?

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  • billseybillsey Posts: 8,936 Trailblazer
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    Yes, you can use ethanol swabs to help clean the old thermal grease off. It is nice because it dries much faster than water will, but that doesn't mean it has no drying time needed at all. Alcohol acts as a solvent so you want it all dried before putting the new thermal paste down so it won't thin it out.
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  • Benny_DKBenny_DK Member Posts: 24 Networker
    hello please answer?
  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 8,936 Trailblazer
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    Yes, you can use ethanol swabs to help clean the old thermal grease off. It is nice because it dries much faster than water will, but that doesn't mean it has no drying time needed at all. Alcohol acts as a solvent so you want it all dried before putting the new thermal paste down so it won't thin it out.
    Click on "Like" if you find my answer useful or click on "Yes" if it answers your question.
  • Benny_DKBenny_DK Member Posts: 24 Networker
    billsey said:
    Yes, you can use ethanol swabs to help clean the old thermal grease off. It is nice because it dries much faster than water will, but that doesn't mean it has no drying time needed at all. Alcohol acts as a solvent so you want it all dried before putting the new thermal paste down so it won't thin it out.
    Thank you so much :)
  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 8,936 Trailblazer
    NP, good luck with the upgrade!
    Click on "Like" if you find my answer useful or click on "Yes" if it answers your question.
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