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how to thoroughly clean dust from inside fins on radiator

So I am rebuilding my system and will be putting filters in the intake side of the rad this time but as I have everything out I wanted to get ALL of the dust from within the fins on the rad for max cooling efficiency.

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Naturally, I 1st used a vacuum with light brush end and then some compressed air and then vacuum again on both sides. There is still dust in the fins so wanted to know the best way to get it out other than just running water through the fins as dust often shrugs it off.

 

Should I soak it in anything and for how long?

 

RInse with something other than hot water?

 

I do have Simple Green concentrate so was maybe going to soak the radiator in a solution of hot water and Simple Green (with tubes attached so nothing gets inside the rad) before I drain the system and replace the tubing.

 

Thoughts?

 

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I would get some compressed air, and blow the radiator. I recommend using the fan in a pull config and get some dust filters to prevent dust from getting in. I also recommend positive case pressure (more intakes than exhaust).

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 blow the radiator.

he he he he ;)

 

Anyways, just use compressed air or water? I am not sure about water but it might work.

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Cheap paintbrush to break dust loose. Softest bristles are a +. Then compressed air to blow it out.

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he he he he ;)

 

Anyways, just use compressed air or water? I am not sure about water but it might work.

Get a garden hose, and spray it. ;)

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I would get some compressed air, and blow the radiator. I recommend using the fan in a pull config and get some dust filters to prevent dust from getting in. I also recommend positive case pressure (more intakes than exhaust).

 

Solid advice.

 

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Solid advice.

 

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i took my H100 and washed the radiator on the bathroom sink with out getting the pump getting wet. let it dry completely. no problem at all.

 

in your case since its a standalone radiator this can be even more easy.  

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Nice profile picture change. :) I like it.

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If you don't happen to have an air compressor a vaccum cleaner on it's lowest speed can clean a radiator. Just don't touch the radiator with the head or the brush. Hover it above the fins. The fins are fragile but if you take care you will be fine.

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dishwasher works fine for radiators. just make sure you probably dry them. otherwise you´ll get rust inside the sidecovers.

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