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I had a little accident involving my Das Pro & a rather large cup of cappuccino (I make it myself. Jamaican Blue Mountain & Krupps ftl) a couple of days ago. As a result, I have 3 keys sticking rather badly.

Now, I have contact cleaners and such, but they are very bad for removing dye from plastic. Which ofc, I don't really want to do.

While I managed to get the coffee out of the board (thank you keypuller & fast hands). I couldn't get it out of the 3 switches. Wouldn't you know, 2 of them (Cntrl and Alt.) are oft used.

Any suggestions?
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Ouch, man! I spilled almost an entire bottle of water into my Das Ultimate a few weeks ago. Almost lost her

I remember when I spilled coffee on my old (non mechanical) Dell keyboard, it was very sticky and the only thing that actually removed the stickiness 100% was isopropyl alcohol. I just dampened an old cloth with it and then removed the keys and did it that way.
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Take it apart
Rinse with water?
Let dry

Maybe works again?

IDK suggestions.
 
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Originally Posted by E-Peen View Post
Ouch, man! I spilled almost an entire bottle of water into my Das Ultimate a few weeks ago. Almost lost her

I remember when I spilled coffee on my old (non mechanical) Dell keyboard, it was very sticky and the only thing that actually removed the stickiness 100% was isopropyl alcohol. I just dampened an old cloth with it and then removed the keys and did it that way.
That would normally be a good idea, except in my case it ran down into the switch itself. I'm thinking I may have to disassemble the switch to clean them out manually. That...will...suck. I'm hoping someone has an idea how to get around that.

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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post
Take it apart
Rinse with water?
Let dry

Maybe works again?

IDK suggestions.
Yeah, it's not an easy one. If I have to take it apart & void the warranty, I might as well just replace the switches. Faster, easier, and a sure fire way to make sure one small spring doesn't fly off to parts unknown while disassembling the switch.
Edited by Lucky 13 SpeedShop - 5/2/11 at 7:53pm
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1. Q-tip
2. rubbing alcohol
3. ?????
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Yeah, any chance to get a Q-Tip into said areas?
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Or pipe cleaners?

Edit: if you really want to clean any gunk out, go to a tobacco shop and get pipe cleaners with little plastic bits in them. Work great for stubborn Night cap tobacco so I'm sure coffee will be no match
    
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Yeah, any chance to get a Q-Tip into said areas?
Quote:
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Or pipe cleaners?

Edit: if you really want to clean any gunk out, go to a tobacco shop and get pipe cleaners with little plastic bits in them. Work great for stubborn Night cap tobacco so I'm sure coffee will be no match
Problem is, neither will get down into the switch itself. Pic for reference:



Keys are sticking at the bottom of the stroke. Which means it's in the absolute bottom of the switch housing.


Edited by Lucky 13 SpeedShop - 5/2/11 at 8:01pm
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post #9 of 28
I've used the Q tip-rubbing alcohol method on a few different keyboards I had the same problem with. Worked great although you may have to repeat it 2-3 times to get it all out. Or maybe use an eyedropper and drop a few drops down into the key, work the key and then let the alcohol evaporate on its own?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lucky 13 SpeedShop View Post
Problem is, neither will get down into the switch itself. Pic for reference:



Keys are sticking at the bottom of the stroke. Which means it's in the absolute bottom of the switch housing.

Oh... that's what you mean, I was confused. Is there anyway to take the switches off/apart without voiding your warranty? Give Das a call if you're concerned. They're really nice, I'm sure they'll let you know.
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