basically my sidewinder x8 wont work on my favorite mouse pad of all time. the steelseries experience I-2 acid washed glass mouse pad.
i thought it was because mine is black and i heard problems with black fabric mouse pads and bluetrack. i then decided to paint my mousepad a different color.
how my mousepad works. its pretty much just a sheet of glass with very special glass paint on the bottom. the top is acid etched to give it a nice texture for laser mice to track very well. my g9 had amazing tracking on it. my sidewinder x8 however, has TERRIBLE tracking on it. im really not sure why.
so i sanded off the black on the bottom of the mouse pad then i had to rough up the surface of the bottom some with 400 grit wet-or-dry paper so that my rustoleum spray paint could stick. it was 2 hours of light sanding in tight patterns of a 1 inch circle in criss-cross patterns. then i applied the paint and made my own dragon stencil and put a silver dragon logo on it. pics will be here in a sec
this is me starting the sanding job.
almost done removing the paint on the bottom.
all the paint is removed.
basically 2 more hours of sanding in tight criss cross circle patterns and 10 hours of spraying about 12 layers of paint, 3 layers of blue with the dragon stencil then 2 layers of silver, then 3 more layers of blue, then two layers of flat black, then 2 layers of clear coat over the flat black later, i end up with THIS. it was alot of work for no reason.
on my lap.
close up of the dragon.
the sidewinder x8 still tracks TERRIBLY on it, much worse than before even.
thats paint circles with my sidewinder x8 on the glass mouse pad.
paintcircles with the x8 on the desk.
this is the g9 on the glass. this mouse has been torn to crap over the years. the left click button doesnt even work properly, yet it still does WAY better than the x8 which has bluetrack. that being said, i could easily game with the g9 on the glass. it tracks almost as well as the x8 on my desk. keep in mind this is rustoleum paint that i ghetto rigged as last desperate measure. not bad.
this is my g9 on my desk. almost identical to the mousepad.
this shows that the g9 has almost no tracking loss on my mousepad even ghetto painted, yet the terrible bluetrack engine cant even track on it at all.
this is an old pic of my g9 when i had my original paint on the glass mouse pad. its even better than the x8 on the