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Thermal Paste Dry Time?


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#1 pcpunk

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 07:48 PM

Just cleaned out my cooling system on my laptop.  I used the more expensive Thermal Paste from Radio Shack because I was needing to get  it done, it was Silver based.  The problem is (besides me not knowing what I'm doing) is there are no directions on Thermal Paste packaging.  Guess they figure a person buying this will know.  So, as in the Thread Title, how long is dry time for this?

 

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 09:16 PM

You apply a small dab...spread with something like a playing card...NO drying time. I think it is likely beginners would apply too much which

can cause over heating. A 'small dab' is the scientific term for about the size of a BB. :)


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Posted 06 December 2015 - 09:44 PM

No dry time! Okay that is good.  Yeah I would be guilty of putting too much, but not way too much.  I seen in tutorials to just put a little dab and then spread it.  Though the original was too much for sure, as it was all around the cpu and had squished out on to it.  Gotta be better than it was with all that garbage in the Heatsink cooling fins.  Cleaned it all up really well and installed, hoping for the best.  I meticulously cleaned everything with alcohol, all the fan blades, and even got inside the heatsink fins with a soft toothbrush and alcohol.


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Posted 06 December 2015 - 11:34 PM

Well done PCpunk.

 

I did exactly the same thing over the weekend, Cleaned the heat sink new thermal paste, I even wipe the inside and outside of my PC case with an old rag with bug spray same thing for the little hutch the case lives in.


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Posted 07 December 2015 - 12:41 AM

Bug Spray lol, yes I see your other post!  Haven't had to do that yet lol.  Are you using your pc in the outback?


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Posted 07 December 2015 - 01:08 AM

No, But quite often I fix customers PC's in my man cave and some of those cases may have roaches or other bugs in them.


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