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Originally Posted by SeredinΒ View Post

Did we ever agree on the best way to color a board? Was it paint? Plasti-dip? Dye? I remember a conversation a while back, but there were a couple disagreeing camps.

I just took off the shell and sprayed it black, works well enough.
post #23052 of 36877
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I just took off the shell and sprayed it black, works well enough.

It looked pretty good to me.
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JDcarpe 40% ( Smallfry KB ) [ Designed by JDcarpe and Regack ]

Green pcb, through hole components, teensy 2.0 ( Rev. 1.0 )
JDcarpe 40% stainless steel case ( plate | bottom ) metal standoffs
Ergo-clear switches ( blue spring ), lubed with Krytox 205
2x3x4 blue diffused led for caps lock
Costar stabilizer on spacebar
TG3 BL82 PBT keycaps

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Function Layer



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For scale ( CM QFR TKL )

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post #23054 of 36877
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Originally Posted by Jack MacΒ View Post

I just took off the shell and sprayed it black, works well enough.

How does it feel? Are you at all worried about the paint chipping off or something? My gf wants me to color a Model M for her. I was thinking plastidip or dye, but if paint works just as well, that'd be a little simpler.

edit:
Holy crap @The_chemist21, that's gorgeous.
    
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JDcarpe 40% ( Smallfry KB ) [ Designed by JDcarpe and Regack ]

Green pcb, through hole components, teensy 2.0 ( Rev. 1.0 )
JDcarpe 40% stainless steel case ( plate | bottom ) metal standoffs
Ergo-clear switches ( blue spring ), lubed with Krytox 205
2x3x4 blue diffused led for caps lock
Costar stabilizer on spacebar
TG3 BL82 PBT keycaps

eek.gif It's adorable! How big is it compared to, say, a candy bar? Can we stick brown keycaps on one and send it to Frick?
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Did we ever agree on the best way to color a board? Was it paint? Plasti-dip? Dye? I remember a conversation a while back, but there were a couple disagreeing camps.

My Opinion: Paint

Plasti-Dip is a rubber based compound, while its easily removable, its a very rough texture ( amlost sandpaper like ) and by design, its was never inteneded for use for something you would touch every day. There is a trick with using a HVLP gun and thinning out the dip that will leave a smoother finish, alternativly, you can also clear coat it, but it will still not be glass smooth. expect the dip to eventually wear and rub off.

Dye would only work on white/light grey cases, and would requite a big pot since you have to basically boil it, and as thin as most cases are, could lead to warping, and the possibility of un-even cloloring. Deep solid colors would not be possible to get with dyes either.


Paint on the other hand, is pretty good, if you take your time and do proper prep work, you can make a $4 can of paint look pretty dang good, and you can polish it out to get the glass smooth look.

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close up of one of my painted boards. glass smooth, all done with $4 paint and lots of prep work and patience.
( Blah, OCN compessed the image so much it killed the quality of it )
post #23057 of 36877
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JDcarpe 40% ( Smallfry KB ) [ Designed by JDcarpe and Regack ]

Green pcb, through hole components, teensy 2.0 ( Rev. 1.0 )
JDcarpe 40% stainless steel case ( plate | bottom ) metal standoffs
Ergo-clear switches ( blue spring ), lubed with Krytox 205
2x3x4 blue diffused led for caps lock
Costar stabilizer on spacebar
TG3 BL82 PBT keycaps Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)











For scale ( CM QFR TKL )

czEj68o.jpg?1
jv8cjda.jpg
qfcaJQK.jpg

that looks very much like the one that was up in the gh classys
I almost jumped on it, but would rather build it myself tbh. very nice nonetheless!
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post #23058 of 36877
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How does it feel? Are you at all worried about the paint chipping off or something? My gf wants me to color a Model M for her. I was thinking plastidip or dye, but if paint works just as well, that'd be a little simpler.

edit:
Holy crap @The_chemist21, that's gorgeous.

I'd do paint because spraying is so easy. My keyboard feels very similar to the way it did before painting and I doubt the paint will chip off, especially because it's just the shell, which doesn't get touched very much. I'd just go for it.
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Im definitely going to experiment with some things and get technique figured out on some old Model Fs I've got laying around. Then I'll graduate to my gf's Model M, and eventually my SSK (which I'm not touching for a while!).
    
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Layer one is posted, and switched some keycaps around biggrin.gif


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