Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Thermal paste does it need to dry?

I replaced the motherboard in a 2.16 GHz MacBook Core 2 Duo and applied the thermal paste in a very thin layer. I have never worked with thermal paste before and I would like to know if I need to wait until it is dry to install the heat sink. Or can I install it right away?

I could not find the answer in the thermal paste guide.

First I put so much paste on the processor that I had several circuit shorts. I removed it and did it again. Now I am nervous.

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As long as the two surfaces with the newly applied paste are not separated again during re-assembly, it should be fine. I've never heard of having to wait for the paste to dry before either.

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Thermal paste doesn't dry out for years.

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