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    Durelene PVC tubing, anyone use it?

    I've been using Primochill LRT red tubing and switching over to a clear tube for the new build i'm working on. I keep reading that the primochill clear has a blue tint which i'm trying to avoid. Tygon also clouds really easy so i'm avoiding that also.

    Has anyone used this Duralene PVC tubing?? I did a search on the forum and I was shocked to not see any threads about it.
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    ah crap.. well you know i looked at that earlier for a different tube and didn't realize duralene was on the list...

    It looks like good stuff on that review but i'm curious as to how it holds out long term with cloudyness etc.
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    Having just built my system 2 months ago, I can't tell you how it behaves long term, but I'm quite happy with it for the price it cost me! Fairly good bend radius and shiny enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumper2high View Post
    Having just built my system 2 months ago, I can't tell you how it behaves long term, but I'm quite happy with it for the price it cost me! Fairly good bend radius and shiny enough
    Thanks! just picked up 7ft from sidewinder, $10 total! i probably only need about 4-5ft but at that price it was hard not to pick up a little extra for future use.
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    I bought ~15ft when I was getting it, was playing it safe since it had to travel halfway across the world (~7000 miles) so I didn't want to run out .

    Ended up with about 6-7 feet extra after doing a CPU only loop.

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    PrimoChill LRT clear does not have a blue tint, and I'd know that because I'm using some in my loop, and also have 2ft of it in my left hand.
    I can't see any tint at all. Looks grey/clearish. That said, the surface isn't tacky like waterlogged's link says. It's pretty smooth.

    The LRT in my loop is now 2 and a half months old and hasn't clouded 1%.

    That said, hope you are happy with the Duralene.
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    I still have some Durelene tubing left. I prefer it somewhat more than Tygon since it doesn't plasticize as easily and is pretty flexible. However, it is still rigid. So don't plan on making any tight bends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeepBeep2 View Post
    PrimoChill LRT clear does not have a blue tint, and I'd know that because I'm using some in my loop, and also have 2ft of it in my left hand.
    I can't see any tint at all. Looks grey/clearish. That said, the surface isn't tacky like waterlogged's link says. It's pretty smooth.

    The LRT in my loop is now 2 and a half months old and hasn't clouded 1%.

    That said, hope you are happy with the Duralene.
    That's what I was waiting to hear... looking at the photos in the review waterlog posted above the primochill looks kinda blue and that's why i was avoiding it... I love primochill tubing so I may have to pick some up and scrap the duralene i just bought.. it was only $10 lol
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    You guys do realize the tubing Beepbeep is talking about is entirely different from the Primochill tubing in the test? The test used Primoflex, an earlier version of the Primochill LRT, what Beepbeep is talking about. Primochill LRT is actually one of the best types of tubing out there right now.
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    ah i had no clue!! I thought the stuff in the test was LRT lol.. I'm sticking with LRT then for sure!

    now to figure out what i'm gonna do with the 7ft of Durelene i just bought... if anyone wants it hit me up with a PM. free + shipping
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    Yeah, the stuff in that review is the old "used condom sticky" stuff, it's nothing like the new LRT stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterlogged View Post
    Yeah, the stuff in that review is the old "used condom sticky" stuff, it's nothing like the new LRT stuff.
    thanks for the imagry

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    I'd take a pic, but I couldnt find a camera. 100% clear, a little stiff but bends like no tomorrow. I'm pretty hooked.
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    Just got PrimoChill PrimoFlex Pro LRT about a month ago. Horrible stuff. Clouding and a yellow tinge after a months usage. Got some Durelene on the way, can't wait... even if it's something else, at least this way I can eliminate the tubing as a factor for the issue...

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    Post is a bit old, your 2.1 years behind the curve. The Primo issue has been discussed here starting 4-5 months ago or more.

    Should or read the posts a bit more I guess. Sorry for your loss, clouding means clouding and don't hurt the loop one bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SabreWulf69 View Post
    Just got PrimoChill PrimoFlex Pro LRT about a month ago. Horrible stuff. Clouding and a yellow tinge after a months usage. Got some Durelene on the way, can't wait... even if it's something else, at least this way I can eliminate the tubing as a factor for the issue...
    Any chance you have EK nickel plated blocks in your loop? I've been running the clear LRT for a long time and only had that problem after introducing EK's nickel plated blocks into it. Turns out i had corrosion building in the blocks and the plating was flaking off.

    I got rid of the EK blocks and haven't had the problem since.
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    LRT had a bad batch. And no idea if they fixed it. That's the big question. LRT is AWESOME tubing if it doesn't cloud. Clouding happens in all tubing, but it was really bad in that batch. And Primochill didn't fess up very well to the issues. Bad taste in my mouth. Another decent tubing is the newer DD tubing, but not sure if availible since DD is shutting it's doors soon. Vendors still have it though. Maybe BoxGods knows about the tubing, dunno.
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    Used over 3 years.

    Have used the 1/2x3/4 stuff for about 5 years now. Yes it clouds due to slow evap. but the tubing was in for over 3 years and additives were the problem there was a coating of a whitish powder. When I cleaned it out , the tubing was clear again.. It was not block corrosion but I think a reaction to when I changed from the green stuff to pure water and copper sulfate or bi-sulfate. Most likely i didn't wash the tubing well enough when i switched.
    To make harder bends, I have heated the tubing in boiling water and put in into the bend and twist , yes twist to help tight bends, then set it with cold water, ice water is good for a few minuets then cut the part i need. Have made near 90 deg or even 180 deg bends that way in very very tight spaces. The 180s are in about 2 to 3 inch radius bends.
    I don't use other tubing even though i have had some to sample as the cost from sidewinder and others for this tubing is just outstanding and many times adding a 60 or 30 deg angle fitting is easier and cleaner. If i need a hard bend the heat and hold has worked like a champ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    Have used the 1/2x3/4 stuff for about 5 years now. Yes it clouds due to slow evap. but the tubing was in for over 3 years and additives were the problem there was a coating of a whitish powder. When I cleaned it out , the tubing was clear again.. It was not block corrosion but I think a reaction to when I changed from the green stuff to pure water and copper sulfate or bi-sulfate. Most likely i didn't wash the tubing well enough when i switched.
    To make harder bends, I have heated the tubing in boiling water and put in into the bend and twist , yes twist to help tight bends, then set it with cold water, ice water is good for a few minuets then cut the part i need. Have made near 90 deg or even 180 deg bends that way in very very tight spaces. The 180s are in about 2 to 3 inch radius bends.
    I don't use other tubing even though i have had some to sample as the cost from sidewinder and others for this tubing is just outstanding and many times adding a 60 or 30 deg angle fitting is easier and cleaner. If i need a hard bend the heat and hold has worked like a champ.
    Ok now 2017 and 3 of the 4 puters still have it in.. one new computer i used hard tube... but the other 3 have had new MB/CPU/Water blocks but still the same tubing.. very very happy with it.. not cloudy <stained a bit from color in water but its still using the same colors so no big deal.. still flexable and useful>

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