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if they are pad printed the rit dye reveals. looks laser etched. I don't think I would try it on pad printed keycaps.
Edited by lmnop - 11/30/09 at 1:32am
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I've got one too and it's definitely pad printed. And now that I'm paying attention, these actually look silk screened. You can tell because they are raised off of the keycap's surface. That only happens with pad printing and silk screening, and the difference between the two should be obvious.

Ugh, stupid Cherry. I hate how they just switch printing types even on the same model board.
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Great idea to dye keys! Defiantly going to give this a try soon. Only thing is how can I colour the rest of the keyboard? I'm thinking masking off the key switches and whatever else then using some kind of spray paint and then a clear lacquer over the top, would look nice and shiny anyone else tried that? Or have another way of doing it? Id rather not pull the thing apart in order to dye it, think it would be a bit hard given the size of it anyway.
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Hm, I started trying this on an old keyboard and the keys keep coming out spotted. little dots all over it that are darker than the rest. Is that just the plastic? I don't want to do it to my at101w's if it will come out like that :/

I'll probably try a different keyboard to see if it works.
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...I tried it on another keyboard and it seemed fine, I guess it just depends on the keys. I'll give it a try on one of my dells. I'll post pics when it's done.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Manyak View Post
You have a really dirty keyboard lol.

But yeah on that key you will either see no effect at all or the lettering will end up dyed.

And yes, generally speaking it does work on pad printed keys. Like I said, as long as the text is black nothing will happen. The Cherry ML-4100 VCheez used is pad printed, just take a look at it's pics.
Actually, the ML-4100 is not pad printed (Also Known As G84-4100). At least not the one I have.
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Oh my gosh. My keyboard really hates the dye. It takes me a million times for it to work. I finally got my wasd keys red, and no joke it probably took 10 times following the guide exactly (15 minutes). It helped a little to use very concentrated dye. Before each 15 minutes would make it a little bit more pink. It worked more with dye/water that was probably 1/1 or 1/2. The spacebar was fine for many many times until the LAST one I do, and it warps . It could use one more maybe, but still. Now I have to figure out a way to fix it so it actually comes up after I press it down.
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post #118 of 189
I'd do it to my Model M, but it feels... wrong. I know! I'll get another, cheaper, newer Model M and dye its keys and put them on mine.

How do Model M keys react to this stuff, especially the gray ones?
post #119 of 189
Pro tip for everyone here. Don't try and dye your keys with the water still on the heat. Take it off the heat and let the water cool for about 1 - 2 minutes before you dye. Then reheat the water and repeat. I know it doesn't take as well, but you won't warp your keys.

I figure taking an hour and 4 -5 dips is better than ruining your keyboard.

I've been doing this for about 5 years.
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I finally finished. The black dye worked MUCH better than the red. I dyed the red at least 4-5 times, the black two. It did come out a little brownish. I'm really surprised the grey and white keys came out the same with the black dye. The esc key is a little darker red than the other red ones.

You can see my messed up spacebar too. Ah well, nothing a heat gun and a dremel couldn't fix. It's not warped, is ergonomic.



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