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post #1 of 21
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I keep myself pretty clean, but I always manage to wear the poo out of my keycaps. Am I just acidic?

I don't remember how long I used this keyboard. Maybe a year? Probably less. I can't find the standard wasd cluster but I know that had some wear too.




This keyboard has been used for 12 days, and I've already started to wear the printing down:


Two previous keyboards:





Typical fingernail length before somebody says they are too long:
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Start getting keyboards with the lettering lasered in.
    
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post #3 of 21
You just use them a lot.

Try some PBT or double shot keys.

All the keyboards you have pictured are pad printed.
post #4 of 21
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Yes, I know they are pad printed and I know I should get some new keys.

However, even though they're printed, these are wearing way too quickly - not to mention the physical wear on some of the keys.
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post #5 of 21
I'd try lasered next too. Don't expect miracles though.


Not terribly chemically resistant for Alien Acid fingers (lasered on right, Filco bottom left, doubleshot top left).
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post #6 of 21
Didn't you dip those in Acetone?

@OP: Filco keycaps are notably wear-prone. It seems to depend on the person though.

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Start getting keyboards with the lettering lasered in.
Due to the fact that burnt black plastic is... black, many so-called Laser printed keycaps these days (such as the ones used in the Das or Steelseries 6/7) use the laser to carve the lettering, and then it is filled with white paint. Meaning that they are no more wear resistant than pad printed keycaps.

Ripster's pic shows some of the aforementioned "laser printed" keycaps.
Edited by ch_123 - 2/25/11 at 11:02am
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post #7 of 21
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Word. What did you do to the keys in the bottom pic?
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post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by gorb View Post
Yes, I know they are pad printed and I know I should get some new keys.

However, even though they're printed, these are wearing way too quickly - not to mention the physical wear on some of the keys.
Maybe you have some particularly acidic sweat and oils on your skin.

Maybe you got a batch of exceptionally low quality keys and prints.

What do you want me to tell you? Chewbacca came in your house while you are sleeping and banged on your keyboard? Ripster could make a reenactment with Legos for you.
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1 - Probably. I don't have sweaty or oily hands, though. I dunno.
2 - Across several years and several keyboards? I doubt it
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