Windows 10: What can I use instead of rubbing alcohol to remove thermal paste?

  1.    02 Jun 2017 #1

    What can I use instead of rubbing alcohol to remove thermal paste?

    Is it absolutely necessary to use rubbing (isopropyl alcohol)? Can't I just use a wipe/napkin or something else? Is there any harm in just applying the new paste without removing the old one?
    Last edited by BicycleRow; 02 Jun 2017 at 15:18.
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  2.    02 Jun 2017 #2

    You can wipe with a lint free cloth, but to really clean the surface, you need Alcohol to get the cleanest surface. A bottle can be found at any Drug store for $1 or less.
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  3.    02 Jun 2017 #3

    What about just putting new thermal paste without removing the old one? I guess it's not a good idea, I've never heard of anybody doing it but just curious.
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  4. pepanee's Avatar
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       02 Jun 2017 #4

    Go to YouTube and search for: remove thermal paste

    I found this video that has a bunch of useful info: Removing Thermal Compound - The BEST Way? - YouTube
    Watch at (4:30 to 6:10) He has a list of items that worked & not worked as good on the left side. I see a check mark near hand sanitizer, which is probably the cheapest (cost-wise)
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  5. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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       02 Jun 2017 #5

    BicycleRow said: View Post
    Is it absolutely necessary to use rubbing (isopropyl alcohol)?
    Why? I have bought one spray 10 years ago and I do not think I will waste it all before I die.

    BicycleRow said: View Post
    Is there any harm in just applying the new paste without removing the old one?
    If you do not care much about the temperature, then no, no harm done.

    Cleaning and applying the new paste should give you a noticeable decrease in the temperature.
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  6.    02 Jun 2017 #6

    What is your aversion to alcohol?

    I use at least 91% and coffee filters as they don't leave lint.
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  7. tcebob's Avatar
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       03 Jun 2017 #7

    When alcohol fails I try naptha (lighter fluid).
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