Question Can't seem to get thermal paste off IHS, looking to resell?

TLMagister

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In short I've got a new mobo/cpu and I was getting my old cpu cleaned up I straight out couldn't.

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This CPUs never gave me any problems, and I feel like I'd be a douche to sell it as is but I've been scrubbing at this thing with a cloth and isopropyl alcohol for a good 20 minutes. Any ideas on what else I could try?
 

Bassman999

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In short I've got a new mobo/cpu and I was getting my old cpu cleaned up I straight out couldn't.

Example

This CPUs never gave me any problems, and I feel like I'd be a douche to sell it as is but I've been scrubbing at this thing with a cloth and isopropyl alcohol for a good 20 minutes. Any ideas on what else I could try?
add a little more paste to it hen reassemble. Then run a stress test.
Then try again while its still warm.
Might help
 

punkncat

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Goof off, or other "orange" based cleaner.
I cannot recall the brand, but one of the paste cleaner kits I have for when it's harder to get off than a microfiber will handle is basically similar to goof off for the first bottle, then a second bottle I believe to be isopropyl to clean that off.
 
Looks like the old paste might have been an adhesive type.
You could try using fine sandpaper on a flat glass plate and lapping the chip.
You will get a smooth flat surface good for mounting a cooler.
If I was going to reuse the chip, that is what I might try.

But, if this is for resale, you do not want to erase the identifying marks.
 
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mact

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I would try "Brake Cleaner"...a spray can at Walmart should be about $5 or so. Hit it, and wipe (peper towel is good) and maybe hit it and wipe again until clean.
 

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