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Getting scratches out of an AT102w

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I recently bought an AT102w (very hard to find older mechanicals in England) for $10, I've cleaned the keys and was ready use it but the scratches ruin it completely.
Is there a way to get thee scratches out? The spacebar has tonnes of small and large scratches and the top (near the logo) is scratched aswell, I've been wanting to dye the keys and spray paint the body (plastic spray paint) for a while and get it looking up-to-date and glorious once again but with these scratches on it there's not much I can do, here's a couple pictures:


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Is there anything I can do or should I buy another with hopefully less scratches?
Thankyou for any suggestions.
post #2 of 9
fine grit sand paper?
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fine grit sand paper?

Do you think it would leave a rough finish? Wouldn't be great to type on biggrin.gif.
post #4 of 9
Yeah, sandpaper will get out the scratches but it will also take off the glossy clear coat. If you use fine enough sandpaper it won't be rough.

I dunno how deep those scratches are, but if they are pretty deep use some 220... then bump it up to 400 and finally some 800 to finish. After that you would probably need to tape off the top and remove the space bar to re-clear coat the sanded parts.
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After that you would probably need to tape off the top and remove the space bar to re-clear coat the sanded parts.

Any idea how I'd do this? Calling myself a newbie at this kind of stuff would be an understatement.
post #6 of 9
Ha, it's really not a big deal.

Go to a local hardware store and look for a matte clear coat spray paint, preferably Krylon or Rustoleum. Lowe's Varspar is terrible. I think you want matte, maybe a glossy one depending on how the keys looks to you.

As for taping it off.

1. Get newspaper and blue scotch painters tape
2. Tape the newspaper down to where you don't want to get paint on
3. Spray
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post #7 of 9
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Oh right I see, my intention was to dye it but the base would be very hard to do this as I have nothing to do it in and getting it apart would be difficult so spray paint would be an ideal suggestion.
With the keys though, I wouldn't mind having blank keys (in-fact that would be preferred for a cleaner look) so would spray painting over the keys in say, black (or white) remove the text on the key caps or would they bleed through?

And thankyou.
post #8 of 9
Try looking into the retr0bright project

http://retr0bright.wikispaces.com/



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Try looking into the retr0bright project
http://retr0bright.wikispaces.com/

Wouldn't dyeing/spraying the keys and board skip the issue of yellowing plastic?
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