View Full Version : How to remove thermal grease?

29th November 2004, 10:26
I want to safely remove old (quite dry and hard) thermal grease from my Athlon XP 1700+ Palomino and I have no idea how to do it best...suggestions? :)

29th November 2004, 10:36
rubbing alcohol and a paper towel.

Jon P. Inghram
29th November 2004, 10:40
Dremel. :p

29th November 2004, 10:59
I've used this before:

It works really well. Not sure where you'd find it over there.

29th November 2004, 11:09
Clean with alcohol. Rub down with very fine sandpaper, only a fraction of a millimeter. That is the only way to get it truly clean. Though alcohol or a special cleaner will get it clean well enough.


29th November 2004, 13:21
If it's really hard, you can scrape it off with a plasti pen cap

29th November 2004, 14:58
Sandpaper is dangerous, even very fine sandpaper; it would require a very, very skilled hand, and I still say it is dangerous to your CPU. I agree with the alcohol (pure, unscented), paper towel, or plastic pen cap methods. Even water and a paper towel may work. (GENTLE pressure on rubbing, btw, not 250 ft-lbs!)

Jon P. Inghram
29th November 2004, 16:44
I'd just take it to the kitchen sink, get the water going lukewarm, and use elbow grease and dish soap. After it's squeaky clean you could rinse it off with distilled water if you were paranoid, and then just dry it with some lint free cloth (cotton underwear, preferably clean. :p ) It's never done my Celeron any harm at the very least.

RC Agent
29th November 2004, 17:04
I used 91% isopropyl alchohol and (don't get shocked now) Q-tips. :D There's also 70% isopropyl alchohol, but I didn't try that. :)

29th November 2004, 17:25
isopropyl alcohol or 100% (not aromatized nail polish remover) acetone.

30th November 2004, 11:32
Thanks for suggestions, now at least I know precisely how to handle this.

Just one thing: after inspection of the bottom of the old heatsink I've came to conclusion that those are rather dry remains of thermoconductive "tape" that was "glued" to the bottom of the old radiator; but that doesn't change anything, right?

30th November 2004, 11:39
Still go for the alcohol. Acetone will work better, but it's bad for the chip if it's on there too long.

30th November 2004, 11:55
You could scrape the main part off with an xacto knife before getting out the chemicals. Acetone or nail polish remover should work fine. Won't hurt the chip for the length of time you are going to have it on there.

30th November 2004, 13:02
Originally posted by Wombat
rubbing alcohol and a paper towel.


that combination works well for me. :)

Brian R.
1st December 2004, 10:57
Carburetor cleaner and then 90% rubbing alcohol