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Is it safe to take off keycaps with my hand?

post #1 of 8
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I just got colored keycaps from WASD keyboard, and I just want to know so I dont mess up my keyboard. Instead of using a tool/paper clip, etc, can I just use my fingers to pull off the keycaps from my steelseries 6gv2 to replace them? It wont cause any damage to the keyboard, am I right? Sorry if i sound like a beginner, i'm new to mechanical keyboards.
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post #2 of 8
aside from hurting your nails.. doubt it. just wiggle side to side and don't pull straight up. might have bad luck and pull the entire switch.
post #3 of 8
You should really get a keycap puller. It makes it a lot easier.
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post #4 of 8
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So just wiggle the key around instead of pulling upwards and it should come out without a problem?
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post #5 of 8
yeah, that's how i do mine. especially for pcb mounted switches. but i used a keypuller. makes it much easier. if you're looking for one, elitekeyboards has some leopolds for 5 bucks.
post #6 of 8
I don't see any problem with it as long as you're able to pull the keys vertically. I tried pulling the keycaps by hand on my Das and ended up using a paperclip keypuller to speed the process up.
post #7 of 8
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lol, yeah, I decided to just make a little hook on 2 paperclips using my hands instead, and the caps came off nicely. Thanks for the help guys .
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post #8 of 8
I used to use the lever(?) of a nail clipper to pop keys off a keyboard
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