Chuck and Lou....Thank You for your replies. I was not aware Lou of the use of pads and their relationship to the paste. Interesting.
Did some research and it seems that the pads are okay but not as good as paste. Some also claim the pads need frequent replacement. I suppose that would depend on actual use in terms of heat.
I suspect this was a cheaper and cleaner way for Lionel to manage this issue.
It would seem that the pad is okay but if one choose to remove and replace with the paste, it might be something to think about while the hood was off. ??
I replaced the resistor from 6 OHM to 8 OHM as recommended.
Just looking to take as much stress off the Regulator as possible......to prevent it's demise from overheating.
I've replaced them and they are are a pain.
| ||Thermal Paste||Thermal Pad|
|Installation||Tricky, Quite messy||Easy, Clean|
|Form||Sticky (Tube)||Tape (Layered pad)|
|Effectiveness||More effective||Less effective|
|Life Span||More compared to Pads||Less compared to Paste|
|Other Names||CPU grease, Thermal compound, Heat paste, Thermal gel, etc.||Thermally conductive pad, Thermal interface pad, etc.|