My wife dumped a cosmo on her k800 and I had to pause for a moment of silence since we just brought it a few months ago.
I found this stire googling and came across this thread.
There were only a few keys that became sticky and were working correctly, the worst was the left ctrl key. I decided to be brave and I try to take the key off without breaking it.
Using the tip of her cuticle trimmer I was able to carefully lift the key out - but being *very** careful saved me because I discovered a very important thing - go from the bottom!
There are four pieces to the key - The cap, the clear plastic key, and the plastic part that attached to the key and the keyboard. If you try to pop out the key from the top, you will most certainly break these fragile plastic clips and be unable to re-attach it.
First I recommend that you read throught he entire proces sbefore starting and take pictures at each step so you can remember what it looked like before you started
The steps I used are:
1. Using the blade of the cuticle trimmer I grabbed the black part of the key cap (from the bottom) and gently pryed up bottom left side until I heard a very faint click. Then I gently pryed up the bottom right side and the cap came off, leaving the clear plastic key exposed.
2. Now you should be able to see how bad the damage from the liquid is - but you will also notice that only the bottom part of the clear key has clips. The top part of the clear key sort of slides into the white plastic piece. So if you were to pry form the top and break those tabs the key would not re-attach. Again, with the tip of the blade I gently applied upward pressure ensuring to only be pulling up on the clear plastic part and not the white piece and eventually the two lower clips popped up.
3. I ended up removing the white piece as well, as it was fairly sticky and I didn't want to have to do this twice. The white plastic part has the same design, clips on the bottom and tabs on the top. So if you try to pry from the top you will break them.
4. I used Rubbing alcohol and a qtip to clean the area- NO WATER.
5.Finally I just reversed the process. Again, the top parts do not press into place. If you press them you will break them. You must gently slide the top par into the tab and them snap the clips on the bottom half. Do the same with the clear key as it also has plastic tabs at the top and clips at the bottom.
Hope this helps someone!
For those that do not know here's what a cuticle trimmer looks like- http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=36920&catid=196099&aid=338666&aparam=36920
an x-acto knife may be OK but the cuticle cutting blade is curved so it is easier to pry up the keys imho.Edited by cyberfreak - 9/16/12 at 3:05pm