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Hey guys,

Thought I'd share with you all my little experiment that I did with my G15. So I was looking at my old keyboard and said I wanted to do a little tweak to it, I wanted to paint it a new color to make it more appealing, at least to me. I found a DIY guide for taking it apart and quickly got to work, immediately after about step 4 in my eagerness I stopped reading and was simply going with the flow, I failed to read a very important step, the step that tells you to *CAREFULLY* disconnect the bronze ribbon from your LCD, I ended up ripping it right in half. So I said to hell with it, if I can't have a LCD screen on my keyboard so be it and continued with my project and started taking pictures right here since the guide explains all the steps I went through.

Tools Needed:

1. Pair of needle nose pliers or tweezers (I personally used a pair of needle nose)
2. One paper or two should suffice of 2500 grit sandpaper (my suggestion)
3. One can of *PLASTIC* spray paint of your color preference,

Step 1: So you should be right about here after Step #24 in the linked guide.
where we start... photo photo1-1_zps2c9801c8.jpg

Step 2: Get the pair of needle nose pliers or even tweezers and pick out each of the keys from the back by gently pinching inwards the bendable sides. (Took me about 15-20 minutes to carefully pick each one out, grab a cold one:thumb:)
tweeze out each key photo photo2-1_zpseb13e9af.jpg

Step 3: *Before Sanding* (make sure the keyboard is clean of any grime and crumbs that may have fallen in between the keys, yes all the Cheetos and Dorito crumbs NEED to be cleaned out!) Get the 2500 grit sandpaper and take that baby to town. I can't stress enough how important PREPPING is for painting; spraying honestly comes 2nd to Prepping and my end product shows that I lacked some effort into prepping (it could also be that I didnt hit it with a clear coat of some sort, idk, I'm not sure.blushsmiley.gif)
2500, just enough photo Photo2_zps5baa2e61.jpg

sanding her down photo Photo1_zps865088bb.jpg

sanded down & ready for paint photo photo3-1_zpsd12c6d20.jpg

Step 4: Make sure to clean off ALL THE DUST AND GREASE from the keyboard and make sure she's ready for some paint (Sorry, didn't really take a picture of me cleaning it, but you get the point).

Step 5: Make sure to spray from left to right or vice versa in EVEN coats of paint, if you notice you didn't spray as much paint in one area of the keyboard than the rest, Don't worry about it, when you come back with the second and/or third coat I promise it will be perfect. Trying to patch your missed spot and over-spraying will most likely cause the paint to run. Apply as many coats as needed (I personally used two, I'm sure she would've appreciated a third now that I look at it.)

second coat photo Photo3_zpsbef105de.jpg

Step 6: Wait for the paint to dry in an area where no debris will fall on top of the wet paint. This can take anywhere from a couple hours to leaving it overnight if your anal about that kind of thing.

Step 7: Re-look at the provided guide (linked in the first paragraph) and retrace all your steps to reassemble the keyboard back togethere, voila, your keyboard will have an all new look to your taste and personal rig if that's your thing! Enjoy and please leave suggestions wherever you see fit.

kinda finished product photo photo4_zps543347b9.jpg

Sadly, my G15 did not survive the operation, I must've pulled a cable or pinched a wire as it will not turn on anymore, my replacement keyboard is the G110 which I am currently somewhat happy with; it has customizable LED lighting but the god forsaken space button makes the most annoying sounds when it is depressed, I feel like I'm going to go mad soon...

(Current Setup: Purple back lighting of course)
current setup photo photo5_zps2dab6242.jpg
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Too much work? lol

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That's a pretty good idea, id love some neon colors on my keyboard but..

Doesnt spray paint have harmful or toxic materials?
we spend countless hours with our hands on the keyboard, there might be a bad effect.
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Sadly, my G15 did not survive the operation...

I'm pretty sure "How-To" tutorials are supposed to leave you with a nicely modified working device.

Step 1: Don't do what this guy did unless you want to end up with a broken keyboard.
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That's a pretty good idea, id love some neon colors on my keyboard but..

Doesnt spray paint have harmful or toxic materials?
we spend countless hours with our hands on the keyboard, there might be a bad effect.

I think that's a great concern; personally, I have absolutely no idea. I think if you ran the operation a bit more effectively (doing the things I missed, sanding better, clear cloats, etc.) then it wouldn't be a problem, but as I said, not sure rolleyes.gif
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I'm pretty sure "How-To" tutorials are supposed to leave you with a nicely modified working device.

Step 1: Don't do what this guy did unless you want to end up with a broken keyboard.

I can understand your concern for others but if you read throughout the post, I clearly stated "I failed to read a very important step, the step that tells you to *CAREFULLY* disconnect the bronze ribbon from your LCD" as well as "I must've pulled a cable or pinched a wire as it will not turn on anymore". Now I understand I did not go through this DIY carefully (shame on me, was just in a rush and didn't care too much for the old G15, the years were starting to catch up with the keys) and hence you should not follow my steps verbatim, but if you have time, and read through the guide I hyperlinked as well as make your own adjustments to my guide (I laid tips here and there throughout the guide for possible suggestions) it can be a very fun and productive project giving enthusiasts a sense of uniqueness.
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