Sam
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Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:47 pm

I bet that green light doesn't show the smears/residue left from the cotton swab... or maybe it does.

Now I'm curious... bought a green light and will experiment with it. It would be nice to not have to have a fresh set of batteries in my LED flashlight just to see the tiniest specs of contamination.

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Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:04 pm

Jared wrote:The green light is interesting. The rest of it looks pretty much identical to the kit I got from Apex tools.

What type of green bulb is that?


Hello Jared,

Is https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G74J52T/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

On the other hand, in our tests:
Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) comes in different purities and uses. And this can make a "big" difference.

The one that gave us the most results is:
Degree H.P.L.C. (For High Pressure Liquid Chromatography).
From our supplier it would be:
https://www.sintorgan.com.ar/detalles.p ... 26&titulo=


I agree with the issue of NOVEC, it is very expensive and difficult to achieve.
You can use the Novec 7500 to keep your investment from evaporating quickly.
https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/ ... 334&rt=rud

Which has a Boiling Point Range higher than the Novec 7100
https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/ ... 247&rt=rud

We generally use the NOVEC, for the final process, or for head cleaning.


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michael chiklis
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Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:05 pm

Look how this guy cleans platters.
Go directly to 1m 48s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBaNkKCOwwY

Does someone of you know where to buy that cleaning tool or at least how's called?

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Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:14 pm

michael chiklis wrote:Source of the post Does someone of you know where to buy that cleaning tool or at least how's called?

I asked in the comments and the author replied

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It's not about the frame sensor cleaning swab. It's the fluid i used. And this one is custom made.

Not much help, I'm afraid.

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Blizzard
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Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:34 pm

Look up camera sensor cleaning swab.

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Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:33 pm

Thanks Blizzard!

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Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:08 am

Thank you.
If someone will have a fingerprint on platter he could try those and let us know if they are good or not.

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Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:34 am

I ordered some to play with.

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Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:11 pm

These work very, very well... at least in certain situations.

I do a lot of platter cleaning. When I read this post I was working with a dirty top platter of a 2.5" Hitachi. For something that should have taken 5 minutes I ended up spending at least 4 hours total on it and was only able to do a mediocre job... the ISO would dry into huge residue smears behind the wipe instead of "pull" along with the wipe and leave a spotless surface. Sure, you're always going to get nasty smears when swiping across media damaged areas, but this was a platter with only debris and absolutely no media damage.
After I developed a technique using the donor for this case, cleaning the entire platter on the patient took 60 seconds (using the same swab I cleaned the donor with).

Tried a swab on another case today--3.5'" WD. Platter securing ring had been grinding against dented-in lid. Contamination all over the place. Swab worked pretty well but I was able to do a better job, and more quickly with my normal method.

I will definitely keep a ready stock of these in my toolbox.

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Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:33 am

Where did you got them?
www.pclab.com.pt
facebook.com/PCLAB.Assistencia.Tecnica

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