What is a safe way to clean corrosion?

Robert gstreet at indy.net
Tue Jul 22 10:36:55 CDT 2008

Alexandre Souza wrote:
>> I just took apart a Thinkpad 701c that has a BIOS password that I am 
>> attempting to clear. There is some powdery residue caked inside the 
>> battery compartment that has leaked into a few areas surrounding it.  
>> Is there a safe way to remove this?

>    Acetic Acid (vinegar - yes!) do wonders!

You might consider trying to rinse the affected area with distilled water after using the vinegar. (You want to neutralize the affected area as well as possible.) Then take a hair dryer and gently dry the area.

I recently found a discarded power supply that was so coated with oily, nasty, soot-like "stuff," that I decided to experiment. I disassembled everything and got my special green soap used for cleaning aircraft interiors and a brush. It worked wonders. I then rinsed the whole pcb (with components) and blew it off with compressed air. Then I dried it with a heat gun (very carefully, as this heat gun could easily ruin everything). I allowed the pcb sit for a few hours, then put it all back together and fired it up without incident. Caution: "Your mileage may vary..."

Robert Greenstreet

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