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I want to use thermal paste for improving the thermal resistance between a semiconductor and a cooling element. But when I got it out of the tube, it was party transparent/fluid, and partly white/pasty. Can I nevertheless use it, or should I remove the fluid, or should I rather buy completely new paste?

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A paste is often a collidal fluid, with particles and just enough liquid to keep them from sticking with each other.

If it separates a little, you will have the liquid and the solid part split.

Throw away the first mostly transparent part and use the rest as usual. You may find some bigger granules, if some solid regions expelled the liquid completely and sticked together.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ AKA "shake well before use." \$\endgroup\$ – Robherc KV5ROB Feb 4 '16 at 19:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ Not really, a colloidal fluid may often be too viscous to be shaken effectively. You have to mix it using something, but taking it outside the syringe may not be a good idea. Simply discard the initial part without the solid particles. \$\endgroup\$ – FarO Feb 8 '16 at 13:46

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