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Hi Guys,

I tried searching for an answer but didn't immediately find anything. I purchased a couple of Rosewill mechanical keyboards in the past year (blues for work, reds for gaming at home), but would like to use some sort of solvent to remove the lettering from the keys and make my own Das-like keyboard. I'm worried about a given solvent also taking the key's plastic with it.

Has anyone tried such a procedure of just removing the lettering, but without dissolving the keys?

Thanks in advance.
 
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post #2 of 8
You should use a pretty strong solvent to dissolve the plastic I think, the lettering should be relativly easy to take off. Because I'm pretty sure it's just pad printing on the Rosewill keyboards.
But don't take my word for it, try atleast with a key from a rubberdome before you use something on your Rosewill smile.gif
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Originally Posted by NuFon View Post

You should use a pretty strong solvent to dissolve the plastic I think, the lettering should be relativly easy to take off. Because I'm pretty sure it's just pad printing on the Rosewill keyboards.
But don't take my word for it, try atleast with a key from a rubberdome before you use something on your Rosewill smile.gif

I've thought about it, but I'm worried that maybe the disposable Dells use a slightly different plastic from the Rosewills and I'll wreck it.
 
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post #4 of 8
It's pretty standard ABS plastic I think, the Rosewill probably has better plastic quality than a cheap rubberdome aswell.
post #5 of 8
Sandblasting is the best method.

http://imgur.com/a/3xreN#0
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I agree, sandblasting is probably the best way.
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Has anyone had success trying to rub off the lettering using a sugar cube? I'm not sure if I can get access to a sandblaster and if it costs me more than $30 to have someone do it, it basically eliminates the cost difference of a Das.
 
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Sugar cube is for metal.

Nothing magical here. It's just an abrasive.
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