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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    Thanx for the reply's guys, I am really relieved ^^ So I have the ArctiClean 1 & 2 cleaning kit thats used to take the thermalpaste off the cpu top and heatsink, would that removal kit work for cleaning off the bottom contacts of my cpu?

    bottle 1 actually loosens up the paste to wipe off, and bottle 2 polishes the surface so that there is no abrasions or any particles left on the surface.

    And would I just use a lint free cloth to do the wiping and cleaning?

    thanx again guys, much obliged for responses ^^
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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    Arcticlean will be fine. I'd use a pure cotton cloth. Cotton doesn't cause static with the friction ofpolishing the CPU, so you're not in danger of killing it.
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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    I was about to suggest Arctic Clean, looks like you are all set!

    Just be careful and don't let your cat help you, or walk around in socks while you clean it and you should be fine. I clean CPU bottoms every time I sell one using Arctic Clean or other things, as long as you do not static shock it you will be fine

    Glad to hear it is your CPU and not inside the CPU Socket, then you would be in trouble!

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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    Ya thank god its not the socket :D Well cool guys, thanks for the relieving info, I am going to go buy a grounding wrist band just in case, I dont want to even chance the possibility of static. Also, do I just pick up a 100% cotton cloth at the store like walmart? Just look on the tag and make sure its 100% cotton?

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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    the most important thing is that it is lint free.
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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    Well I was looking at the store and found cloths that where 100% cotton but didnt say lint free, and I also found microfiber towels like ones you use specialy to dry your car and those didnt say what they where made of but said leaves no lint behind, and to wash them seperately from other things so they dont get lint. So, I'm a bit confused, I'm assuming the microfiber towel is lint free? But, the 100% cotton cloth never says if it is lint free? So Im not sure which to get. What do you guys use for a cloth specifically?
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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    petrol will be fine to remove thermal paste dip a rag into it or small paint brush and clean it off dont have it wet tho only damp and after cleaning wait for the petrol to evaporate.....only if you have no other cleaner at hand

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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    Lint shouldn't be too much of an issue on the bottom of the CPU. You can just blow on it or used compressed air to remove any lint. A microfibre cloth is usually lint free, maybe they just don't bother labelling them.

    To clean and polish anything static sensitive I use a glasses cleaning cloth. Last Optometrist visit I was cheeky and asked for half a dozen. Not the yellow ones, the real soft, tight woven white ones.

    In an emergency situation, I've used Bounty. It's the stronger soaker upper.
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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    kk cool, so should I use the microfiber towel to clean the paste off with the arcticlean 1 bottle and then for polishing with the 2nd bottle use the eyeglass cloth? or does it matter and just use bounty the soaker upper? sorry i'm being so finicky, im just so worried ill do the wrong thing and destroy the cpu ><
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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    I'd use the glasses cloth both times.

    TBH, If I'd have done it I'd have just reached for some Akasa Tim Clean and a paper towl. Clean the CPU near a radiator. Touch the radiator regularly to ground yourself. If the water pipes are near ground level, roll up your trouser leg and touch the pipe with your ankle (as long s the rad isn't on) and you'll be constantly earthed.
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