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Hey guys...

I'm going to be taking my OG BlackWidow Ultimate and refinishing the glossy cover with a matte black...or whatever so that I can give it to my brother. I'm excited to do it as a project, but curious what you guys think is the best way to do it?

I've seen a that a couple people sand their boards and then paint it, and some just spray a few coats of paint on and call it a day. I want it to look good, and have no problem putting the time and effort into it, just curious what turns out best.
 
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^ Looks nice! How do those metal keycaps feel? I have always wondered, is the texture different, do they weigh more, are they cold to the touch, etc?



2 keyboards should be showing up this week, pictures will follow.

The kishsaver is getting here tomorrow and is probably going to be a big restoration, its all random which one everyone gets so I have no clue the condition of it. It could have all the keycaps or it could be missing a spacebar or left shift key, it could also have paint damage that would need patched(I am really not all to worried about that since I can probably easily fix that if I find the right color). It is going to be fully disassembled and cleaned either way though, I will take pictures along the way though smile.gif
+ I am going to convert it to usb if/when that is all worked out.
 
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Can't wait for more keycaps to be available for Topre. I wanna do alternating colors for my F# keys, preferably some nice black keys with icons. Or maybe just a neat new Esc.
    
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Originally Posted by pez View Post

Hey guys...

I'm going to be taking my OG BlackWidow Ultimate and refinishing the glossy cover with a matte black...or whatever so that I can give it to my brother. I'm excited to do it as a project, but curious what you guys think is the best way to do it?

I've seen a that a couple people sand their boards and then paint it, and some just spray a few coats of paint on and call it a day. I want it to look good, and have no problem putting the time and effort into it, just curious what turns out best.
You might be able to get away with wrapping it in vinyl, I have not done any vinyl wrapping but it seems pretty straight forward. I remember someone wrapped a black widow with carbon fiber vinyl and it worked out well.

If paint isn't done right it can just rub off or never dry.
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Can't wait for more keycaps to be available for Topre. I wanna do alternating colors for my F# keys, preferably some nice black keys with icons. Or maybe just a neat new Esc.
I am pretty sure production for the aftermarket topre keycap sets was stopped.

Edit: Maybe aftermarket isn't the right word, its the keycaps topre themselves make, like the orange set you have.
Edited by HPE1000 - 12/16/13 at 1:21pm
 
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^ Looks nice! How do those metal keycaps feel? I have always wondered, is the texture different, do they weigh more, are they cold to the touch, etc?

Thanks! The keys are heavy, slightly smoother that the standard keys, not cold when touching them, & they fit very well in place. Typing noise is like I've never change from the original keycaps. I had bought these from geek_feng from Ebay. If you decide to buy some, make sure you buy the "version 2" keycaps. There seem to be problems with "version 1" in regards to how they fit thumb.gif
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guys think is the best way to do it?

My steps I do for all my painting jobs. ( not saying its the best way, but I do get good results )
My painting steps. (Click to show)
1. (obvious) disassemeble the KB, pop off the top plate and clean it with windex, etc and remove as much dirt, oil, etc.

2. ( you don't need to sand since the case is already smooth ) Sanding is really for the rubber coated keyboard cases like the QuickFires

3. run your cans of paint ( 1 should do it ) under hot water. ( this helps the paint 'mist' better )

4. First coat, don't do a coat. Basically 'sneeze' on the case evenly all over, if you covered it in one go, you did it wrong. leave to dry for at least 10 mins repeat 3 or 4 times until the case is pretty well 'sneezed on'

5. then you can start doing your main coats ( step 4 makes it easier for the thicker coats to adheir to the case ) nice even coats, as light as possible, if it starts to look wet or shiney, you sprayed too much. let sit for 10-30mins, then repeat until its covered. ( the more coats the better ) Though be sure to cover the corners and hard edges so you don't sand through the paint later.

6. let cure 24 hours, don't touch it.

7. get some fine grit sandpaper ( 2000+ grit, the finer the better ) and then wetsand ( using wet sandpaper, soap and water in a sink ) and begin to sand the painted areas lightly to remove any marks and give it a nice finish.

8. you can repeat 5-7 if you want ( i typically do 2 or 3 times )

once your done sanding and painting, let it cure again for another 24 hours.

9. then thats it!

ProTip: Never ever ever ever think "spray" think "mist" its always easier to add more thin coats then to have runny paint blobs that you will have to sand later, and it helps to reduce 'orange peel'.

thats my personal approach to painting anything with rattle cans. You could vinyl wrap it, but i've personally never seen it done well, most consumer grade vinyls are nothing more than sticker sheets. and ( my opinion ) carbon fiber vinyl just looks so cheap. Corners are hard to do, and to do it properly you need a heat gun so you can warp the vinyl. If I were to wrap a KB case I wouldn't use anything less than automotive grade wrap, and its not cheap.

here are some that i've painted using my methods and no more than $10 in materials. the red one is still a work in progress, I need to layer it more and do some finer sanding and polishing. Its just an extra keyboard I have laying around.

( two CM QFR's and an XT )





Edited by Jixr - 12/16/13 at 1:56pm
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Got my new ESC key in today biggrin.gif gotta love Zoidburg hehe. Great keycap and super high quality. Picture makes it look brighter. It really has a nice red color.


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You might be able to get away with wrapping it in vinyl, I have not done any vinyl wrapping but it seems pretty straight forward. I remember someone wrapped a black widow with carbon fiber vinyl and it worked out well.

If paint isn't done right it can just rub off or never dry.
I am pretty sure production for the aftermarket topre keycap sets was stopped.

Edit: Maybe aftermarket isn't the right word, its the keycaps topre themselves make, like the orange set you have.

Yeah, I'm thinking of doing plasti-dip to see how I like it. That way if it turns out bad I can peel it off. If not, I'll put a couple coats of flat clear coat on it and seal the deal. I'm very curious to get started on it.
 
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OK, so I've been away from this thread for a few weeks while school was kicking my hind end and it just took me about 4 hours to finally get caught back up!! biggrin.gif


Anyway, I wanted to post a few updates. I doubt anyone remembers, but about 5 months ago, I posted in this thread about sending my Ducky Shine 2 back to Ducky for RMA, well, after 5 months and not being able to get a hold of the tech I was told to send it to, I contacted Ducky directly, explained the situation and found out that their old tech who I sent the keyboard to no longer works for them. They thought all of the keyboards he had were accounted for but, but admitted that they couldn't be sure. Anyway, because they do not have a Shine 2 with orange LEDs and MX Blues, they are sending me a Shine 3 as a replacement!!!! I'm stoked!!! Don't know when to expect it, as it is being shipped from Taiwan, but hopefully it doesn't take too long!


Also, I've been bit hard by the bug. Started out I had the Shine 2 at home and a QF Pro with o-ringed MX Browns at work. Well, since the Shine was taking so long, I bought a Shine Zero to tide me over (also MX Blues) back in October. Then, after spending the last couple weeks having to work on a laptop away from home, I decided that I can't stand typing on a laptop keyboard, so I needed something that would fit in my laptop bag. I found a good deal on a QF Stealth (HERE) with MX Blues and it has made a world of difference!! I love the front printed keys, and of course CM's quality is great (it feels really rugged).

Then, browsing eBay, I landed a good deal on a Model M, which hasn't shipped yet, but I'm eager to try the buckling springs. On top of that I've ordered a bunch of custom key caps. Yep, the bug got me good. Anyway, once everything comes in I'll get some pictures posted. Cheers!
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Yeah, I'm thinking of doing plasti-dip to see how I like it. That way if it turns out bad I can peel it off. If not, I'll put a couple coats of flat clear coat on it and seal the deal. I'm very curious to get started on it.

Won't work, I tried it for giggles, didn't last a week before it started to peel off from usage.( didn't clear coat it though ) and PD does not come out as a smooth finish.
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