Hi, I am looking to clean my heatsink and CPU which have that compound thing on them. Can I use the drinkable alcohol, methylated spirit, or water?
Any suggestions welcome thanks.
When I cleaned mine, I just used a lint free cloth and elbow grease.
You probably could use drinkable alcohol but wipe some on glass first to see if it leaves any deposit behind after it dries -- if it does, don't use it.
Use methylated spirits or isopropyl alcohol (obtained from your local chemist). You can use acetone as well, but don't breathe in too much or get any on your hands.
Here's a guide for cleaning off old paste and applying some new stuff. It applies to all pastes.
actually I just used glasses cleaner and a t-shirt and it cleaned up pretty nicely - went over the cpu a couple times with a dry t-shirt just to polish it up a bit
isopropyl alcohol (Rubbing Alcahol) has always worked for me. NEver leaves any residue behind, and the heatsinks/heat spreader pretty clean.
Methylated spirits is my own product of choice for cleaning, and I use rags torn from old cotton bedsheets to do the cleaning with ;)
That's as good a combination as anything else you can get your hands on. Read the guide linked by Coconut Monkey for cleaning techniques and tips.