Now your CPU is clean and ready to be relidded. Be sure you have your glue and TIM standing by!
I like to cover the edges of the CPU with tape, leaving the CPU die exposed. Use the
wooden cuticle stick to press the tape up to the edge of the CPU die.
Thermal Interface Material
Prepare your TIM for application. For this build, we are using the coveted Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra. Note that as this is electrically conductive, it is important to insulate any electronic parts exposed under the IHS of your CPU.
Clean the CPU die again. I can't stress this enough.
Apply a very small amount to the CPU die, use the included brushes to spread to a thin and smooth coating. The tape really helps in this operation as it keeps the TIM off of the CPU and electronics.
Remove the tape and prepare for the relidding
Notice the Arrows are lined up on the CPU and Delid Tool.