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Hi everyone, so I've been looking to get a new keyboard to use at work, preferably one that deters random people from deciding to use my desk.
(The company I work at encourages virtualization and flexible work arrangements, so anyone can just sit at any computer and log in, there are specific cubes for this, MINE IS NOT ONE OF THEM =.= but I guess I dont have enough decorations to mark my territory)

ANYWAY. I decided that I like the Blackwidow ten-key-less version, especially since the keyboard cable is detachable so I can just unplug it and stow the keyboard in my locked drawer, without crawling on the floor behind my PC.

I hate the font though. I prefer no font at all actually. (I use a Das Ultimate Silent at home). I'd rather not go out and buy a whole key cap set cause that's like another $30..

So I'm wondering, since I've read that the keys on blackwidows aren't laser engraved, can I just use some acetone/paint thinner and wipe off the lettering?

Thanks
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blackwidow keycaps are painted, not lasered/engraved whatever. it is whitish/clear plastic painted and the areas of the lettering is just a non painted area for the backlight to shine through. If you use paint thinner on it it will just take all the black paint off and it will be like a clearish white plastic keycap.
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Use alcohol. It is safe for electronics since it evaporates quickly and leaves no smell or nasty taste behind (I bite my fingers nails).
 
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Originally Posted by PandaSPUR View Post

Hi everyone, so I've been looking to get a new keyboard to use at work, preferably one that deters random people from deciding to use my desk.
(The company I work at encourages virtualization and flexible work arrangements, so anyone can just sit at any computer and log in, there are specific cubes for this, MINE IS NOT ONE OF THEM =.= but I guess I dont have enough decorations to mark my territory)

ANYWAY. I decided that I like the Blackwidow ten-key-less version, especially since the keyboard cable is detachable so I can just unplug it and stow the keyboard in my locked drawer, without crawling on the floor behind my PC.

I hate the font though. I prefer no font at all actually. (I use a Das Ultimate Silent at home). I'd rather not go out and buy a whole key cap set cause that's like another $30..

So I'm wondering, since I've read that the keys on blackwidows aren't laser engraved, can I just use some acetone/paint thinner and wipe off the lettering?

Thanks

Why don't you just buy another tenkeyless board without print?

Leo's should be in stock in a week or so:

http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,tenkeyless&pid=fc200rtabn

Alcohol could be used to remove it with some effort, but for the time it would take you to do it, you could justify just buying a new set of cheap abs keycaps that were better than the stock bw keys anyway.
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Originally Posted by gabsonuro View Post

blackwidow keycaps are painted, not lasered/engraved whatever. it is whitish/clear plastic painted and the areas of the lettering is just a non painted area for the backlight to shine through. If you use paint thinner on it it will just take all the black paint off and it will be like a clearish white plastic keycap.

Eh, but the tenkeyless version doesnt have backlighting, so the keys shouldnt be clear right?
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Use alcohol. It is safe for electronics since it evaporates quickly and leaves no smell or nasty taste behind (I bite my fingers nails).

Damn, alcohol would take a while though, I was planning on removing the caps before trying to remove the paint though. Should be fine right?
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Why don't you just buy another tenkeyless board without print?

Leo's should be in stock in a week or so:

http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,tenkeyless&pid=fc200rtabn

Alcohol could be used to remove it with some effort, but for the time it would take you to do it, you could justify just buying a new set of cheap abs keycaps that were better than the stock bw keys anyway.

Yea I'm considering that as well. I like the shape of the blackwidow TKL though. And its also only around $60 used on amazon lol
But starting to think this wont be worth the time. Gotta think it over.

Also tempted to get a KBT Pure (green backlit, mmm) lol. But thats pricey, $110ish after shipping..
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Acetone and certain plastics can react. It can essentially melt or chew through them.
If you're going to use a solvent stick to alcohol as recommended, ethyl alcohol will work better than isopropyl if you can get some.
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Just a note, If you get one that doesn't unplug at the board you can get a usb extension and just twisty tie the excess cord saving you from crawling under the desk each time.

http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-USB-Extension-Cable-10-Feet/dp/B00001ZWXA $5
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