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Old March 22, 2013, 05:42 PM
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Default Ultratrosonic cleaning of a heatpipe HS?

Has anyone done this... My old TRUE is looking like crap and needs some TLC.
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Old March 22, 2013, 10:21 PM
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what you want to clean ? pipes, mating surface, cooling fins
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Old March 23, 2013, 12:44 AM
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Ultra sound will indeed clean it. But I don't think it would polish it. Your looking to bring the bright back aren't you? Good old fashioned elbow grease for that methinks.
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Old March 23, 2013, 01:06 AM
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Yeah if the fins are all full of junk, ultrasonic in a mild soapy solution or solvent will clean it out nicely. If you are looking for a cleaning/polishing, then you would want to go with a vibrator/tumbler with a relatively soft media. Would have to find one large enough to fit the heatsink though.

If you want to do it on the cheap, I've used mothers mag polish and dollar store pipecleaners with great effect. The pipecleaners even let you get between the fins.
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There's dust on the inner fins that just won't come off with air, probably from this lovely damp climate and all the crap in the air from the local polluters and the top is pretty gunky, probably from oily fingerprints that have attracted all sorts of crap.
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Fill a bowl with hot tap water and a bit of dish soap.... soak it upside down in there for an hour and then just rinse it off in hot tap water. Should look like new again.

I've done this with no issue.
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