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RobHW
11-27-2002, 10:28 PM
What I've read says to use 99% isopropyl alcohol to clean the old paste from the CPU cooler. Finding 70% is easy, it's in groceries and drug stores everywhere. But I can't find 99% anywhere. Or is 99% going overboard and 70% is really fine. Thanks!

randomlinh
11-27-2002, 11:10 PM
do they sell 99%?? I know you can get 91% at some places, some ppl say you need to ask for it. I found it to be easier to use that 70% on artic silver.

Morph
11-28-2002, 12:37 AM
Where do you live? I bought 99% at Long's Drugs in southern California.

ChefJoe
11-28-2002, 12:50 AM
Don't worry about the 30%... it just takes a little longer to dry. There are regs about alcohol % in the states.

PliotronX
11-28-2002, 01:05 AM
It's easier to find denatured alcohol :)

Blain
11-28-2002, 06:25 AM
Just about any good drug store should carry 91%. If there's a pharmacy department in a store, they probably have it.

RobHW
11-28-2002, 08:03 AM
Thanks for the quick responses! I'll start by asking at my local drug stores, like Eckereds. If they don't have it then chances are they can point me in the right direction.

BurnItDwn
11-28-2002, 08:43 AM
I know pretty much all Walgreens stores should carry a 91% Isopropyl Alcohol

Goi
11-28-2002, 10:53 AM
70%'s fine. I've been using it the past few times I needed to get the goop off my CPU/HSF.

CaptnKirk
11-28-2002, 07:51 PM
Hardware stores - its the DENATURED stuff

erikiksaz
11-29-2002, 02:50 AM
Originally posted by: CaptnKirk
Hardware stores - its the DENATURED stuff

ditto.

OulOat
11-30-2002, 11:21 AM
I got the generic Mejier store brand 99% Isopropyl, I also seen it for sale at Walmart and Kmart. Just look at the Rx section

AnandtechViolator
11-30-2002, 12:21 PM
go to the paint isle.

link26
11-30-2002, 09:29 PM
or you can jack some from University chemistry labs.............

CubicZirconia
12-01-2002, 01:12 AM
Like Goi said, 70% is fine. You could use soapy water to clean the core if you wanted to.

OulOat
12-01-2002, 05:03 AM
Originally posted by: CubicZirconia
Like Goi said, 70% is fine. You could use soapy water to clean the core if you wanted to.

Except for the residue

Jeff7
12-01-2002, 11:14 AM
Originally posted by: OulOat
I got the generic Mejier store brand 99% Isopropyl, I also seen it for sale at Walmart and Kmart. Just look at the Rx section

What state are you in? I'm in PA, and I've only seen up to 91% in the pharmaceutical section. It's probably what ChefJoe said - state regulations about the concentration.

OulOat
12-01-2002, 01:45 PM
Originally posted by: Jeff7

Originally posted by: OulOat
I got the generic Mejier store brand 99% Isopropyl, I also seen it for sale at Walmart and Kmart. Just look at the Rx section

What state are you in? I'm in PA, and I've only seen up to 91% in the pharmaceutical section. It's probably what ChefJoe said - state regulations about the concentration.

Illinois. There is state regulations on this? Is there a difference between drinking 91% and 99% Iso Alcohol? Would that 8% of whatever, probably water, save your life?

Thor86
12-03-2002, 10:21 AM
Originally posted by: RobHW
What I've read says to use 99% isopropyl alcohol to clean the old paste from the CPU cooler. Finding 70% is easy, it's in groceries and drug stores everywhere. But I can't find 99% anywhere. Or is 99% going overboard and 70% is really fine. Thanks!

Use Goo Gone, or any citrus type degreaser that will not deform plastics. Then clean up the residue with 70% isopropyl alcohol.

CubicZirconia
12-04-2002, 07:37 PM
Originally posted by: OulOat

Originally posted by: CubicZirconia
Like Goi said, 70% is fine. You could use soapy water to clean the core if you wanted to.

Except for the residue

It washes off with regular old water. (I'm not saying soapy water is the greatest solution, just that it is a solution)