Will alcoholic hand wash work to get off thermal paste?

The wipe I got with my thermal paste got enough of of the cpu, but nothing off the cpu heats ink, I have no alachol, but I have purell alcoholic and wash, will this work ?
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  1. use a butter knife to scrape it clean then use wipe again
  2. just use a paper towel or lint free cloth

    all that will be left is a faint haze
  3. These are expensive items, hand sanitizers generally have additives in them like moisturizers and such, do not use them.

    A butter knife? Be very careful taking metal objects to other metal objects. In a pinch, brake cleaner, will work, don't spray it on the CPU or heatsink though, spray it on the towels (lint free), then wipe the items clean.

    Seriously? The correct stuff is less than a dollar at just about any general store. Go to any drug store (general store) and get the correct store.
  4. I use coffee filters (they are lint free) and 91% isopropyl alcohol.
  5. 90%+ Isopropyl alcohol soaked paper towels should be used to clean thermal paste from a heatsink.
  6. it wont actually matter if you have no isopropyl alcohol --if you have it fine use it

    but wiping it off with a paper towel or lint free cloth or coffee filter etc will only leave a microscopic haze

    theres no way that haze will affect any thing its just far far too thin
  7. MERGED QUESTION
    Question from KyleRaino : "Is enough of the thermal paste gone of this heats ink?"

    KyleRaino said:
    https://imgur.com/ThCrkwg is enough gone off this before applying new thermal paste?


    Matt_150 said:
    It looks like it but to be sure I would clean it with alcohol if you haven't already.


    mcnumpty23 said:
    to me yes will be fine

    though looks like you used something that scratched it a bit

    though the new paste will fill light scratches any way


    mcnumpty23 said:
    and you already have a thread regarding this opened dont you?


    clarkjd said:
    KyleRaino said:
    https://imgur.com/ThCrkwg is enough gone off this before applying new thermal paste?

    Looks like there is a slight haze. This means that there are enough small particles of the old thermal compound to prevent good contact with the CPU and therefore a bad thermal connection. this means that your CPU has a better chance of overheating, and going into thermal protection mode, therefore throttling and reduced performance.



    mcnumpty23 said:
    a haze will have no effect and certainly wont cause it to go even remotely close to thermal protection thats just totally absurd to be brutally frank


    mcnumpty23 said:
    even if you mounted it with no thermal paste at all its unlikely to reach thermal protection temperatures

    thermal paste is used to fill any small gaps its not magic stuff

    in theory if the 2 surfaces were perfectly machined by the same person to the same tolerance then thermal paste wouldnt be needed

    but because they arent small gaps can occur hence the use of thermal paste


    mcnumpty23 said:
    and you already have a thread regarding this opened dont you?


    Yes, sorry I tend to make alot as I always have new questions whenever I'm doing anything
  8. MERGED QUESTION
    Question from KyleRaino : "What happens if old thermal paste isn't cleaned off properly?"

    KyleRaino said:
    I am replying my thermal paste due to over heating, when I bought my new thermal paste i was told the wipe that come with it combined with the scraper type thing would be enough to get it all off, I got it all off the cpu, but it won't budge of the cooler, will it damage my cpu/cooler if it's not cleaned off properly?


    The Paladin said:
    yes and no., what happens is with time the past looses its ability to properly transfer heat to the heatsink, which in this case is very important as it will eventually cause your cpu to overheat. on the heatsink you could use a butter knife (nothing sharp that will leave notches on the heatsink) and get that dried useless heatsink paste off it.


    rwayne said:
    I really can't say without seeing a picture of it. So the outcome can vary.

    HOWEVER, it should not be hard to remove at all. Alcohol dissolves thermal paste.

    I always use these alcohol swabs and I have no problem removing 100% of the thermal paste with minimum effort.

    https://www.amazon.com/BD-Regular-Alcohol-Swabs-100/dp/B000YMFUZO/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1482937967&sr=8-1&keywords=bd+alcohol+swabs

    You can get them at your grocery store or WalMart for like $2 or $3


    KyleRaino said:
    rwayne said:
    I really can't say without seeing a picture of it. So the outcome can vary.

    HOWEVER, it should not be hard to remove at all. Alcohol dissolves thermal paste.

    I always use these alcohol swabs and I have no problem removing 100% of the thermal paste with minimum effort.

    https://www.amazon.com/BD-Regular-Alcohol-Swabs-100/dp/B000YMFUZO/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1482937967&sr=8-1&keywords=bd+alcohol+swabs

    You can get them at your grocery store or WalMart for like $2 or $3


    https://imgur.com/ThCrkwg I have no alcohol at the moment and I live in uk, it's hard to find without ordering
  9. @KyleRaino, stop making multiple threads on the same subject, just stick to the one.
  10. Mousemonkey said:
    @KyleRaino, stop making multiple threads on the same subject, just stick to the one.


    Sorry
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