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    As you discovered, that heat sink compond gets everywhere, and it’s silicone based, so it’s hard to get off. Gloves help a lot, but if you work carefully, there’s another, neater, wasy to handle this task. I often use the wooden end of a cleaning swab as a tool to spread the compound onto the back of a component or onto a heatsink, then just drop the insulator on and drop the component on top of the insulator. Excess compound squeezes out the sides when you tighten the bolt and you can clean that up with the other end of the swab!