Chemistry Experts Needed: What solvent or chemical will dissolve SILVER?

traVinator

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Anyone out there know what will dissolve silver? I foolishly used Arctic Silver Thermal Epoxy on my CPU/heatsink and now I need to get it off. Any suggestions? Hopefully something fairly easy to get ahold of, as I don't have access to a chem lab. Thanks in advance!!
 

dirkdaring

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I don't think there is anything that will remove it. I remembered seeing this on Artics Silvers website just yesterday when I was looking over the products.

"CAUTION!
Arctic Silver Thermal Adhesive is a permanent adhesive.

If you do not follow the instructions for diluting the adhesive with Arctic Silver Thermal Compound, any components you attach together with full-strength Arctic Silver Thermal Adhesive will stay attached forever."

When you put it on did you mix it with the normal stuff? If not you could be out of luck. :(

If you did mix it right, you should be able to remove it normally. I remember reading an article (was it at hardocp? can't remember) where a guy did this exact same thing. It could not be removed with damaging the processor. Yikes.

Only thing I can suggest is nail polish removal gel. My wife has a bottle that I use to dissolve crazy glue and things like that almost instantly. I don't know if it will work on this stuff but you can give it a shot. Try mixing a little on something first and then use the gel on it. See if it works. If it does, you can start very carefully on the edges of the heatsink but I don't know how you will get to the stuff in the center. Good luck!

Dirk
 

Poof

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Well acetone (polish remover) is routinely used to dissolve crazy glue. You could give it a shot.

You could also try paint thinner or some products that call themselves paint and/or epoxy and/or grout remover. It's a bit difficult since there aren't many good "full strength" solvents available out there that are over-the-counter in small quantities.
 

zzzz

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you don't need to dissolve the silver, only the epoxy part. try acetone, isopropanol or ethanol. As you won't have access to chem lab, try the nail-polish remover thing.