I would initially squeeze out some paste on a napkin prior to applying to your CPU
21 March 2016
Summary: My main mobo died and needed to be replaced. I figured this was a great time to replace the thermal paste between the CPU & heat sink. I thought this would be a daunting task. Never removed and applied new thermal paste before. I found this video to be very helpful: [...
Summary: The paste works well, though I don't have a great way to determine effectiveness other than the CPU operates at normal temps and never overheats. The template that comes with the paste is what makes the product though... pretty much mistake proof.