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Anybody have any tips on how I should go about painting this keyboard? I know what colors and how to paint it, but this somewhat of an odd design. I haven't opened it up yet so I don't quite know how it all goes together but I'm just wondering how the multimedia keys and all are going to be...help please!
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i think hes more looking how to technically do it. . . like how to physically paint it. i would say carfully take it appart piece by piece and reassemble it on a piece of cardboard (obv only the plastic pieces you want painted) if your doing something fancy then put all the buttons in the correct order etc and give them a lil space apart. . . if your doing something more basic then you can have all the buttons painted one color and the major pieces another or something like that. the entire keyboard should just snap apart and back together. . . just be sure to give even, slight pressure as to not snap a connecter. also double check for little screws. good luck. . . if it were me though id just buy a new one or if you have the $ get a custom painted one from northwest falcon or alienware.
 
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PSSSTTTTT!!! Use a Sharpie....
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I have painted my keyboard, look here. but you really need to take it apart, then sand the plastic smooth, then prime it (3-4 coats), wet sand that with 600-800grit, then paint 2-3 coats, let dry, then apply a fresh coat of clear. Dont try to paint all the keys unless you know them all by heart because imnot sure if you can get all the letters somewhere, i cant find any...lol And if you want different colors, after you have primed and wet sanded, tape off the areas you want a different color, then paint them, remove the tape, then let dry, then repeat for the other color. Then apply clear after all the painting is done.
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I was wondering if I will have any problems with those little tiny multimedia keys...and if so, how to deal with them, sorry for not being more specific. Thanks for the extra help though!
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PSSSTTTTT!!! Use a Sharpie....

Too much....
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Okay I'll try and post something useful here--there is a wonderous masking material called frisket that you can paint onto the areas you don't want painted--commonly used by airbrush artists--might come in handy masking things too small to tape well. Can also be used to make graphic designs with paint.

As pointed out--painting each key is probably a bummer because you will have to re-letter them somehow--so use frisket to mask just the tops (unless you are only painting the shell). A piece of cardboard is good to use as a place to stich all those keys (push them into it) is that's what you need to do. The little multimedia buttons just lay ontop of their respective switchplate and are trapped by the keyboard shell--so they should just lift off after the shell is separated.

Hope that helps, Gomer
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