How do you clean out watercooling tubing?

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  1. iCrunk

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    After a few months use of my watercooling kit, it has developed some white cloudy layer on the inside of the tubing... How do i go about clean it ?

    Would i be able to dip it in bleach?
     
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    I found the easiest way to clean it was to dunk all the tubes in hot water, then use a rag on a stick (ha-HA!) dragged through the tube to clean it out. Repeat if necessary.

    Seriously though I did use a rag on a stick. Was a bit of cloth threaded through the end of a gun cleaning thingy :)

    ---dens
     
  3. Turorit

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    I used a brush thing (looks like a bottle brush/toilet brush) attached to a plastic line. I don't know the technical name for it :p You can buy these things from any aquarium shop, as they are used for cleaning the tubes on canister filters etc for fishtanks.

    Stuff the line through the tube, then pull it from the other end. Do that a few times and everything is clean :D
     
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    I believe they're called.... pipe-cleaners? :lol:

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    Thanks for the replies:thumbup:

    I'll give the 'rag on a stick' method a go :lol:
     
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    try a sponge cut to internal tubing size on a stick
     
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    Yeh, pipe-cleaner sounds about right :D
     
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    if you have used distilled water, with proper corrosion inhibitor, then you should never need to clean the pipes at all

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    Ah wash mahself with a rag on a stick!

    I use a piece of cotton wool, apply isopropanol or whatever mild cleaning solvent i have sitting around, and use a long thin dowel to push it through the tubing. It needs to be fairly tight so it swabs all the crap off effectively.
     
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    Nah, pipecleaners are about 150cm long and used for cleaning tobacco pipes.
    You get them from a tobacconist.;)
     
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    Soak the tubing in vinegar for a few hours then use the "rag on a string" and pull it through the tubing. Rinse and repeat if necessary.
     
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    clouding after only 2 months :confused:
    what setup are you using and what liquid have you got in there
     
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    Replacing tubing is easier, than the hastle of cleaning it all.
     
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    Agreed, you have to remove all your tubes to clean em anyway and it will save you the time and trouble... unless of course u don't have ~$10 to spare :lol:

    Get some better coolant too. :Paranoid:
     
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    setup now on my sig, using the swiftech hydrx coolant with distilled water
     
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    Their's the problem. Hydrx tends to cloud up tubing really badly.

    Get some different kind of coolant, im using Nulon Ultracool mixed with distilled.
     
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    I actually have that in the garage, how well does it glow? (want it to look pretty) :lol:
     
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    the green stuff is widely known to glow well, i use Nulon Red which also glows brilliantly under UV. Enjoy :thumbup:
     
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    I think i might grab some of the red stuff.

    http://www.nulon.com.au/products.php?productGroup=cooling

    It looks a bit pinkish on the website... is it actually red or pink?


    Anyone know where i can get some blue car coolant? :D
     
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    i used the Top-Up stuff, diluted until i got the red i wanted. It's actually a lot richer color than it appears there. See my PCDB pics to see how it looks. The UV glow shot didn't come out so well, you'll just have to take my word that it glows a really nice red.
     

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