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Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard Mod

So I decided to grab a broken keyboard and take it apart with the intention of making a new extra cover by spray painting it. By the time I'd taken off all the keys and got ready to go i still didn't have a good idea of what I was going to do design-wise. So I made it up a I went along. Lucky for you I took photos.

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So this is my original, stock, lame keyboard. lots of keys and feels great and is very easy to use.

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There was a lot of grubby shit underneath the keys and I had to scrub it to get it clean. leave it dry in the sun for 5mins and we're ready to go.

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So I prepare the keyboard put some masking tape where i don't want black spray paint. As you can see on the top left of the board I have covered a set of 3 keys that are attached in a way that makes them break if i try to get them off. The LED covers are also covered because of the same problem.

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Then I spray it black and add speckled white spots by holding in the white spray can's nozzle a really little way and holding the actual can about 20cm away from the boards surface.

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With the tape off you can see the good result.

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And here's the cover on comparison to the old one , much better looking for about a total of 20 minutes work.

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It's a good idea to cover the key holes as the paint will make them a bit harder to press for a little while after, also be sure to cover the LED covers and any keys that you can't remove. It'd suck to ruin a keyboard because of a loose paint job or a blackened key or LED.

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