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I'd like to paint my Razer keyboard white. Suggestions on process?

#1That_Damn_KidPosted 4/10/2014 12:36:48 PM
http://i.imgur.com/OLTqynW.jpg

It would look like this. It's the BF4 edition. Sadly I have a Mac that doesn't run BF4 so I'd like to put a coat of paint over it. White would be cool since I have a Mac.

What spray paint would you guys suggest? Also what would be the best way to cover up the Razer logo and the cap lock and numlock keys?
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#2WyzeGyePosted 4/10/2014 1:05:16 PM
damn. that's purdy...

Plain old masking tape would be the best way to cover up that stuff... then take a razor blade around the edges to get them crisp.

then hang it up and go to town. I'd recommend Plastidip. If you find you don't like it, or you screw up, you can peel it right off, Plus it gives a nice grippy finish.
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#3WyzeGyePosted 4/10/2014 1:05:20 PM
http://www.plastidip.com/home_solutions/Plasti_Dip
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#4urtvPosted 4/10/2014 1:10:08 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Tamiya-TS-26-White-Spray-Lacquer/dp/B0014BJ730/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1397164060&sr=8-3&keywords=tamiya+white

get something like that and remove the keys and spray them one by one with some kind of stick underneath them.use tape and cover up the logo and spray the rest
#5SnadadosPosted 4/10/2014 1:11:33 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0yYrcf-0jY

It is a GPU but the process would more or less be the same.
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#6WyzeGyePosted 4/10/2014 1:13:37 PM
urtv posted...
http://www.amazon.com/Tamiya-TS-26-White-Spray-Lacquer/dp/B0014BJ730/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1397164060&sr=8-3&keywords=tamiya+white

get something like that and remove the keys and spray them one by one with some kind of stick underneath them.use tape and cover up the logo and spray the rest


Most of what you said is unnecessary, I think he'd be wise to disassemble the keyboard and paint the halves individually... which i think is what his plan was to begin with.
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#7ein311Posted 4/10/2014 1:16:58 PM(edited)
Plastidip is cool because you can peel it off, but in my experience, it gets to be a bit of a dust collector after a while. Especially on white.
It's sort of easy to clean off, as after it cures it really doesn't peel off unless you intend it to.

Just remember if you go with plastidip to do a few really light coats to start, then put on a few thick coats. If you ever want to peel it off, it'll be much easier to peel Plastidip if it's thicker.

You can also get glossifiers or metalizers for Plastidip that will give it a shine or a metal flake style finish. The glossifier will help with cleaning, but it does make the grippy/rubbery feeling finish a lot smoother than before. It's also a weird matte gloss... you can see it's shiny, but it doesn't ever really reflect anything, so you can't polish it to be a mirror finish.

Plastidip is really easy to put on, too. Just spray the surface you want to paint with some cleaner (I use simple green), wipe it dry, and then start spraying. Plastidip is thicker than normal spraypaint so you'll want to make sure you shake the can up really well and make sure to keep the can warm (keep it in some warm water between sprays, or use a hair dryer to warm the can). Cold cans of Plastidip can clog, spray unevenly, or spew out big chunks which will make the finish look bad.

If you're going to go with traditional paint, get a primer made for plastic. Put down a few light coats of primer, do a light sanding to get the surface smooth, and then use automotive paint over that. You can find rattle cans of automotive paint at auto parts stores like Kragen/O'reilly, Auto Zone, etc. They'll also sell clearcoats if you want to gloss it up.


Edit: Forgot to mention this with Plastidip. If you mask anything off, you'll want to remove the masking tape before your final coat of Plastidip dries too much, otherwise you'll start peeling off the dip along with the tape and it'll make the edges look terrible.
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#8That_Damn_Kid(Topic Creator)Posted 4/10/2014 1:15:34 PM
I was only going to spray the cover. I'd rather leave the keys the way they are.
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#9KillerTrufflePosted 4/10/2014 1:20:27 PM
Wouldn't Plastidip make the coating too thick to accommodate the keys well tho? Just looking at shots of it, it seems thick. Or does that totally depend on how many coats you put?
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#10WyzeGyePosted 4/10/2014 1:23:31 PM
it all depends on the coats you apply. What i'd personally do is mask off a quarter inch around where the keys would be, then peel the mask off before the final coat to ensure it doesnt get too thick around the edges.
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