Question PVCu Solvent Cleaner to clean parts

Houndsteeth

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I've seen brake cleaner work on some PCBs that had extremely nasty build-up (we're talking decades of neglect) and still work, but the old tried-and-true isopropyl alcohol is still the best solution.
 

Karadjgne

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The word 'solvent' is a dead give-away. And motherboards are covered with a thin film to prevent oxidation and protect extremely delicate components and circuitry. Why you'd want to dissolve that protection is beyond me.

The CRC cleaner mentioned above is pure isopropyl alcohol in a spray can. Can be used directly into the socket if needs be.

Cleaners and solvents are not the same thing, nor synonymous, even if the expectation is the same. You don't use a commercial grade engine degreaser to wash dishes, even if the dishwash soap is designed to 'cut grease'.
 

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