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I think I died a little inside. 

Took me like 1-2 hours to take the entire thing apart and clean it best I could. 

But now some of my keys (especially my space bar) feel gunky and doesn't really click. :(

 

Should I dump the PCB into rubbing alcohol or something? 

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Sounds like you might have to clean the individual switches themselves.
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Sounds like you might have to clean the individual switches themselves.

I've tried taking the switch apart but I'm not sure it can be done with this keyboard. 

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Since you have a plate mounted board you'd have to desolder all the switches, open them, clean them, then resolder them. They can't be opened while soldered to the PCB through a plate
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Originally Posted by bavman View Post

Since you have a plate mounted board you'd have to desolder all the switches, open them, clean them, then resolder them. They can't be opened while soldered to the PCB through a plate

Well fudge...

I used my Datavac to try and see if it was still wet and for sure the coke got into the switches. 

Now my spacebar got sticky. :(

Does anyone think that soaking the PCB into distilled water/99% isopropyl alcohol would be a good idea? 

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post #6 of 21
I am in the same boat. Couple of drops of Fanta got on my left shift button on my Deck. I am taking apart tonight too see how I can clean it... redface.gif
post #7 of 21
I'm no expert but I think distilled water would be your best bet. Rubbing alcohol should be used more sparingly, and I don't think it will dissolve sugary coke as well as water. Make sure to actuate the switches, it'll help break up the sugar.

If you don't want to soak the whole thing you could use a dropper and add water while clicking the switch. It's probably safer, but more tedious.

In either case you have to make sure the board is completely, 100% dry before you plug it back in. It should sit for a couple days, or if you want to try the rice trick, wrap the board in paper or burlap to keep the rice grains out of it.
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post #8 of 21
I am waiting on my brother to bring me some 70% rubbing alcohol with a syringe and a needle. I am gonna inject that stuff into the switch and keep pressing it to get the gunk out. After which I will let the board dry outside for a bit and test it out. Should work out in concept smile.gif
post #9 of 21
I'd just dunk it in water and press the keys. Leave it a while, go back and press the keys. Rinse and repeat (sorry for the pun tongue.gif) a few times then let dry for a few days as it will take a quite while for all the moisture to dry out. (put it in a box with a bag of silica gel might help speed this up)
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