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Old 15-01-20, 01:58 PM
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Custom Loop Cleaning

Hi all,

Hope everyone is well!

I'm looking to clean my loop soon and the thought of stripping it apart has made me delay cleaning for a long time.

I wondered if any of you had any experience with the loop cleaners than you run through the loop whilst it is assembled and if so if they are recommended?

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Old 15-01-20, 02:02 PM
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Don't run them. They are bad, full of acid and other bad chemicals.

Just drain it, take it apart and clean it yourself using white distilled vinegar. I mean hell, you could theoretically run the rig with Vinegar (no power to the parts) and then flush it out with a couple of litres of distilled water after.

If the hoses are clear and dirty inside then just buy new hose, providing of course you use hose and not hard tubing.

Why do you think I went with black hose lol? the only place you can see coolant in my rig is the 100mm res.
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Old 15-01-20, 02:08 PM
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Don't run them. They are bad, full of acid and other bad chemicals.

Just drain it, take it apart and clean it yourself using white distilled vinegar. I mean hell, you could theoretically run the rig with Vinegar (no power to the parts) and then flush it out with a couple of litres of distilled water after.

If the hoses are clear and dirty inside then just buy new hose, providing of course you use hose and not hard tubing.

Why do you think I went with black hose lol? the only place you can see coolant in my rig is the 100mm res.
Looks like i'll have to do it the proper way. Thanks.
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Don't run them. They are bad, full of acid and other bad chemicals.

Just drain it, take it apart and clean it yourself using white distilled vinegar. I mean hell, you could theoretically run the rig with Vinegar (no power to the parts) and then flush it out with a couple of litres of distilled water after.

If the hoses are clear and dirty inside then just buy new hose, providing of course you use hose and not hard tubing.

Why do you think I went with black hose lol? the only place you can see coolant in my rig is the 100mm res.
Exactly this. Far better and more efficient in my eyes to throw in a little elbow grease. Strip the components and clean them. Even rinse the fittings in the same vinegar solution. I even open up each block and clean them out running a razorblade or scalpel through the vanes of the block to remove any build up that may form inbetween.
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Tooth brushes are great too for fins
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Tooth brushes are great too for fins
Always forget to buy one. The spare ones i have, are all used and contaminated with all sorts of cleaning substances
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Always forget to buy one. The spare ones i have, are all used and contaminated with all sorts of cleaning substances
I have some anti static brushes that are fabulous for really scrubbing as the bristles are proper hard lol.

The only thing I get with EC6 after around 18 months is this greasy, fatty residue. After getting a mouthful the other night I would swear it's propelene glycol and possibly vegetable glycerin, which would explain the greasy residue as it separates.

I'd still take it over anything toxic any day.
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Thanks for the tips all
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Wouldn’t use vinegar or anything acidic or alkaline unless absolutely necessary. In 7 years, I’ve only ever needed hot tap water to clean out some residual plasticiser from the jet plates of my blocks. Not had slime or greasy residue to contend with, though I’m happily using toxic ethylene glycol as it does the job so perfectly. No algae, no corrosion and no problems in 7 years and in that time, I’ve only flushed the system and replaced all the coolant once. I usually just drain it into a jug then filter it back in when I make changes in order to maximise the lifespan of the coolant (5 year life which I want to test)
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