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ArctiClean 60ml Kit (includes 30ml ArctiClean 1 and 30ml ArctiClean 2)

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  • One 60ml Kit
  • Includes both ArctiClean 1 (30ml) and ArctiClean 2 (30ml)
  • Easy to Use
  • Cleans heatsinks and other computer components in under a minute!
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  • ArctiClean 60ml Kit (includes 30ml ArctiClean 1 and 30ml ArctiClean 2)
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  • Arctic Silver 5 AS5-3.5G Thermal Paste
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Arctic Silver 5
  • Model Number: ACN-60ML

Product Description

ArctiClean is a two-step cleaning process that removes existing thermal grease or pads and prepares the thermal surface for a fresh application of thermal interface material. ArctiClean is a specially formulated product to remove TIM from heatsinks and electronics.

Features:

Unique 2-Step Process
ArctiClean 1 Thermal Material Remover quickly emulsifies and dissolves the existing thermal grease or pad from the CPU and/or heatsink so that it can easily be removed with a clean cloth or paper towel. A few drops of ArctiClean 2 Thermal Surface Purifier and some gentle wiping then removes the remaining residue and inhibits flash corrosion on copper or aluminum.

ArctiClean 1 Thermal Material Remover
ArctiClean 1 uses a proprietary combination of non-toxic biodegradable solvents to emulsify thermal greases or thermal pads. The citrus and soy based solvents in ArctiClean 1 match or exceed many hazardous and volatile solvents such as fluorinated and chlorinated organic solvents, acetone, MEK (methyl ethyl ketone), mineral spirits, isopropyl alcohol, and toluene.

ArctiClean 2 Thermal Surface Purifier
The cationic surfactants in ArctiClean 2 remove any residue left by the ArctiClean 1 leaving a pristine surface for the application of a new thermal interface material. It also incorporates advanced flash corrosion inhibitors that minimize the corrosion layer on copper and aluminum allowing for more intimate contact between the thermal interface material and the heatsink.

Using ArctiClean 2 With Other Solvents
Most solvents and cleaning products leave residue on the CPU and heatsink that negatively affects the performance of any subsequently applied thermal interface material. ArctiClean 1 Thermal Surface Purifier removes the residue of citrus or petroleum based cleaners and inhibits flash corrosion on a copper or aluminum heatsink.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.8 x 4.7 x 0.6 inches
Item Weight 2.1 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B0007TOR08
Item model number ACN-60ML
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4.8 out of 5 stars 332 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #7 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Audio & Video Accessories > Cleaning & Repair > Lens Cleaners
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#311 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com April 27, 2004

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These cleaning solutions are legit. They work almost perfectly for cleaning off old and dried thermal grease or thermal wax, and the company's website has a set of useful instructions for how to use it: [...]

Basically, the solution labeled '1' is the one you use first to clean off the grease and dissolve it. You keep it there for maybe 30 to 60 seconds, and then wipe it off or put something over it to soak up the dissolved grease. I used paper towels for this. After it's all cleaned off, you apply '2', which is a purifier that removes all the tiny particles of leftover stuff, and basically makes it very shiny, smooth, and ready for thermal grease application. The purifier you can wipe immediately, using lint free cloth. I also used paper towels, since I didn't have coffee filters or eyeglasses cloth at hand, but it works fine as long as the towels aren't dusty.

Overall, the cleaning fluids worked great, and I used the Arctic Silver 5 grease for my laptop after cleaning it with these. You could probably go by without buying these, but it gives a lot of peace of mind to know that you're using something specially formulated just for thermal grease and wax cleaning, instead of potentially different mixes of isopropyl alcohol. Might be good to air out the room you're working in, since it does have a bit of an odd lemon-y smell.
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To say I was skeptical is putting it mildly. Ultimately though, since I knew I'd be doing reapplications of heatsinks on at least a half dozen computers in the upcoming month or so, I got sold on the almost uniformly ultra-positive reviews, and I figured the risk was minimal for this low price.

Let me tell you what I can say for sure: Whatever is in bottle #1 smells like lemon Pledge or citronella or something (it's quite strong, you can smell it in the box amazon sends you before the thing is even open---at least I could). Whatever it is is pretty magic; I applied a drop on a very small Intel Atom CPU (in my Acer Aspire Revo R160) that was really nasty gunked-up tonight, and I watched as some old thermal grease (I think this was Shin-Etsu, or Arctic Silver Alumina--not sure which of those this was) emulsified right into suspension. It did not dissolve, it did not degrade, it just magically emulsified into the solution over the course of about 30 seconds. I then sopped up the liquid in a cotton swab, and sure enough, it was grey/silver with old residue, even after several applications, and even after it visually looked like it was cleaned off. Really very impressive. There was also a time a year ago that I made a slight mistake with the thermal compound for this CPU and gunked up some pins on some neighboring mobo stuff---my isopropyl didn't get it out for me fast enough that I could be bothered so I left it--and of course now it was nice and crusty...but this stuff, bam, it was soaked right up into a cotton swab. Anyway, a few applications of this, and a rub down with a coffee filter, and we were good to go.
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I've used this product for many years and while it essentially is a Citrus Oil based glue removal in bottle one and Dipropylene (solvent) is bottle 2 it is quite convenient to use in this form factor.

It works well in removing all types of heat sink tapes, adhesives, pastes, greases (not epoxy though as that stuff never comes off technically speaking). The number 2 bottle seems to contain high purity liquids as some store bought ones leave behind a film which this does not. (Also beware that some store rubbing alcohols also contain additives for soothing skin which just leaves even more residue on metal)

The small bottles last a long time but be careful not to let the #1 bottle's oil get all over itself. (I actually now clean the first bottle with a lint free tissue and a drop of the #2 bottle to wet the tissue to keep the oil from covering the whole bottle surface)

I still have the bottles from years ago and you probably won't need much even if you build computers ever year or so. It is also important that you use a lint free or at least clean material to absorb the liquid after it soaks in a bit.
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Super super impressed with this stuff. I used it to re-paste my GPU and my CPU. Let me tell you the step 1 cleaner really eats through old thermal paste like it's nothing. I would say it did a better job than even isopropyl alcohol does. The step 2 surface preparation is magic too. It almost seems like some kind of oil or something that smooths out the surface it's on even more. After using this stuff and re-pasting with the same kind of paste I had used previously, I saw temperature drops in the neighborhood of 10 C. Pretty impressive if you ask me. And it just underscores the sensitivity of the matter when it comes to properly preparing a surface and cleaning it before applying thermal paste. Get this if you want to make sure the job is done right.
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This is a great kit for removing thermal paste from a CPU and heatsink.
Add a drop or two from bottle 1. Let it soak in for a few moments (it says 60 seconds) then wipe off with a lint free cloth.
Repeat if necessary until area is clean,
Now use a drop or two from bottle 2 to really clean off all residue of solvent.
Apply thermal paste, attach CPU/heatsink and you're done!
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