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Windows 7: thermal paste removal. aftermarket cpu cooler

02 Oct 2013   #1
demongorgan

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
thermal paste removal. aftermarket cpu cooler

Hi guys, for the last two days I've been running around shops trying to get some rubbing alcohol but nowhere stocks it. I've tried every chemist, normal shops (boots, Wilkinson's, sainsburys ect) and no joy. The only place that has it is a printers but they refuse to give me some of their stock. The only thing there is, is a citrus based cleaning agent from maplins, but those guys are trying to charge me 20 for a little spray bottle.

All I have avalible is acetone free nail varnish remover. It says its active ingredient is Isopropyl Alcohol. Can I use this? I did buy the qtips though... Lol


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02 Oct 2013   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Odd you can't buy isopropyl alcohol, it works well. Fingernail polish remover will work as long as it is the non-oily type.

Are those shops pharmacies?
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02 Oct 2013   #3
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Chemist is the British term for pharmacy. Odd they wouldn't have rubbing alcohol.

Non-acetone nail remover will most likely have lanolin (oil derived from wool) in it.

Push come to shove, you may have order it. Try looking here. You can also find products specifically made for cleaning off TIM (Thermal Interface Material aka thermal paste) here.
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02 Oct 2013   #4
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

See if you can find/order ArctiClean. Best stuff I've used.
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02 Oct 2013   #5
demongorgan

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

I just bit the bullet and paid out a premium of 14.99 for a 500ml bottle at maplins....

I did try boots again but the lady snorted whilst looking down at me and said... "Humph we don't sell alcohol here.."

Problem solved I guess..
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02 Oct 2013   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
See if you can find/order ArctiClean. Best stuff I've used.
It's in the second link I posted.
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02 Oct 2013   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

It's hard for me to understand why you can't find isopropyl alcohol in England.
You could try a auto parts store and look for a spray that is used to clean car and truck disc brakes. It leaves no residue. Use it with a coffee filter to wipe with.

3M High Power Brake Cleaner
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02 Oct 2013   #8
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

Jeez! Don't sell alcohol? It would have been cheaper to buy a bottle of Vodka. I buy quart cans of denatured alcohol at $4. Isopropyl alcohol is a 50/50 mix of water and denatured alcohol.
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02 Oct 2013   #9
ganjiry

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

This is where i get mine from in the uk Shiny Hardware Limited
SHL 1 Litre (1000ml) Isopropanol 99.9% (IPA), CHILD PROOF CAP 3.93 + VAT Shiny Hardware Limited
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02 Oct 2013   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madcratebuilder View Post
Jeez! Don't sell alcohol? It would have been cheaper to buy a bottle of Vodka. I buy quart cans of denatured alcohol at $4. Isopropyl alcohol is a 50/50 mix of water and denatured alcohol.
Keep in mind the OP is in England, not the U.S.

Isopropyl alcohol is not diluted denatured alcohol (see here for the difference). Most rubbing alcohol used here in the U.S. is 70% isopropyl alcohol and 30% water. The disinfectant wipes normally used for injection sites and taking blood samples are usually the 70% mix (I keep a box on hand for cleaning scratches and small cuts). Wally World does sell 91% Isopropyl, marketed as a disinfectant (I have a bottle I got just to use for cleaning off TIM).
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