We want to use our little stirring tool here for rough mixing only. We are just trying to knock down the dust this would make. I ended up using a small paint scraper to do the final blending. Make sure to stir and blend very thoroughly. You may feel like the geek equivalent of Bob Ross, mixing your compound in virtually the same way you would mix oil paint for your happy PCs. Your compound should be a gooey consistency. It should be almost runny, and should hold its shape, but you don’t want a clay-like consistency.
We had a few left over empty thermal compound syringes lying around that I decided to fill up. Loading the used syringes is easy; just use a flat head screwdriver to load it up. You can pick these up on the web for about 20 cents each and it’s a nice clean way to store your compound.
After dispensing my diamond compound onto the CPU I used an unused case badge I had lying around to apply an even coat of the grease. One thing I learned from trial and error is that if your compound is too thick you will have problems with the layer being too thick. The actual layer of the compound should be very thin. Before locking the CPU into the motherboard twist it into the compound a bit to insure good coverage and contact.