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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are a must use if you are going to reapply or apply some thermal paste to a processor. Although you will only use a little bit of it you will have some piece of mind that... Read morePublished 11 days ago by DirtyBiz
this stuff got the job done quick and easy for a noob like me, and it smells kinda like lemon pledge (but gently). Read morePublished 18 days ago by Willow
When it comes to removing thermal compound this is the only stuff I trust. I build/repair a lot of custom desktops, so this is a must when taking off any sort of heat sinks.Published 29 days ago by Benjamin Watson