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Contact Cleaner to clean PC?

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So i ve decided to clean my pc after a loong time and it is really dusty. I couldnt find a can of air to clean the dust so i bought a contact cleaner for electronics it is not oil based and it vaporizes really fast. Is it safe to use it to clean my motherboard and fans from dust? I also have a compressor which i used to pump air into Basketballs is it too powerfull to use to clean my pc? 

Btw didnt know where to post this so decided to go with general discussion.

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4 minutes ago, kaans42 said:

So i ve decided to clean my pc after a loong time and it is really dusty. I couldnt find a can of air to clean the dust so i bought a contact cleaner for electronics it is not oil based and it vaporizes really fast. Is it safe to use it to clean my motherboard and fans from dust? I also have a compressor which i used to pump air into Basketballs is it too powerfull to use to clean my pc? 

Btw didnt know where to post this so decided to go with general discussion.

Yeah, don't spray contact cleaner over the whole PCB - it'll make a mess and the dust then won't blow away.

 

Air compressor is fine, but tape your fans in place or hold the ones near where you are blowing - you do not want to over-spin them. If you do, two things can happen: 1) You burn out the fan control electronics and 2) they spin so fast it exceeds the g-force rating of the plastic fins and they fly off.

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1 minute ago, TehDwonz said:

Yeah, don't spray contact cleaner over the whole PCB - it'll make a mess and the dust then won't blow away.

 

Air compressor is fine, but tape your fans in place or hold the ones near where you are blowing - you do not want to over-spin them. If you do, two things can happen: 1) You burn out the fan control electronics and 2) they spin so fast it exceeds the g-force rating of the plastic fins and they fly off.

Lets be honest that the second 1 would be dope to do

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Just now, GenericFanboy said:

Lets be honest that the second 1 would be dope to do

A "helpful" user on a site I manage tried it, to save me the time of dust-removal... 2 fins flew off, then I got a support call about a "vibrating PC".

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Just now, TehDwonz said:

A "helpful" user on a site I manage tried it, to save me the time of dust-removal... 2 fins flew off, then I got a support call about a "vibrating PC".

When fidget spinners were still a thing we spun one really fast with an air compressor, (going a bit off topic sorry) And we accidentally dropped it and it just shot off. Was hilarious

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contact cleaner main purpose is not to clear dust, it's meant to clean oxidation in the copper contact.

so if you plan to use it, make sure you clean the dust first, otherwise you will get dust lumped.

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