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post #1 of 21
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Just wanted to share my latest dyeing experience with you guys.

Here is how it sat originally...(Cherry G80-11900) with a missing tab key.

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And here is how it sits after a package of Rit Tangerine Dye on the keys and flat black Duplicolor Vinyl and Fabric paint on the case.

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Super like. I have a deck legend and I've searched far and wide for custom keys with no luck. I want to pick up a Rosewill board and get some white keys and try out this dying stuff.
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post #3 of 21
holy crap that's a big change. That looks awesome!
Reminds me of this guy.

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erm..very masculine pink. It goes well with white key caps IMO.
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post #4 of 21
i want to know how to do this because im getting a white mech soon and i might anna make it look nice.

how would you dye the keys and the case???
    
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post #5 of 21
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Next time I die some keys I will document and make a how-to...until then, I'll find the reference thread at geekhack.org.
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Damn sexy keyboard, awesome job wouldn't mind owning that, I used to use a painted keyboard myself, I keep it as legacy...when my room gets painted an setup with a new desk I think I might mount it
    
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post #7 of 21
Very nice.

Did you use a tutorial? Or already knew how to do it yourself? I have that keyboard without the touch pad and would like to dye it.
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post #8 of 21
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Here is a big thread on dyeing keys....click on the Discussion tab near the top to see all the posts...

http://geekhack.org/showwiki.php?title=Island:4962

and here is a guide here at OCN...used this a little, but more used advice in the other thread.

http://www.overclock.net/computer-peripherals/551389-keyboard-dye-customization-guide.html

Words of wisdom though...
-If your keys are made of PBT....you are good to go with about any temperature up to boiling...(the MX-11900 keys are PBT, but I kept the temps around 185-190F)
-If your keys are not PBT (ABS, etc) and you get too hot (like over 170F) you WILL melt them into weird shapes. (I experienced this with a Dell AT101W keyboard).

Here's a picture of the Dell after finding some replacement caps and trying again.

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Edited by turbocharged - 1/17/11 at 7:38pm
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kinda sad that dyes only work for white keys and not black frown.gif
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Originally Posted by striker1989;12049220 
kinda sad that dyes only work for white keys and not black frown.gif

If you have black with white lettering, it will change the letter colors.

I would really like to find a set of G80 keys in black, then dye them Tangerine and mix and match on my 11900.
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