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A new addition snuck in over the weekend...

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I posted in this thread about sending my Ducky Shine 2 back to Ducky for RMA,!

Glad to hear your story has a happy ending. RMA's are never fun, and good to see that Ducky pulled through for you.
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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.

How many coats did you do? And I don't expect it to be perfectly smooth. I'll probably get a can of plastidip, clear coat, and a regular can of spray paint.

I'll start off with the plastidip and clear coat, and if it doesn't turn out to my liking, I'll peel it off,sand it and do a good legitimate paint job.

Also, did you take any pics?

EDIT:

Sorry, just saw your post up there^. What paint do you recommend/did you use?
Edited by pez - 12/16/13 at 2:37pm
 
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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 )





where did you get those white front face keys?
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where did you get those white front face keys?

http://tigerimports.net/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=12028 - Sold out currently though
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those arent the same ones but thanks anyways!
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Alright...step one is done. Got the top cover disassembled. If I were to go about making a log about this thread DIY...would it be appropriate for the Keyboard section?

I managed to ALMOST get the cover off without any problems. Looked up a couple videos to hopefully counter any potential problems. Needless to say, I had some trouble with a tricky clip and ended up cracking the frame cover. Thankfully not FUBAR.

Teaser pics:

 
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pez, what race are you?

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Code Product Quantity Total
UNI044A Classic 104 White Buckling Spring USB 1 $79.00
103Key: No
CUSTOM Customization Fee 1 $10.00
Customization: All Grey keycaps. (US)
Shipping: Ground:
Sales Tax:
Total:

$9.81
$0.00
$98.81

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pez, what ethnicity are you?

Fixed,
Theres no such thing as race.

the last "Race" different from us humans died out 35000 years ago.
/anthropologist mode
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