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Offline Aidenknives

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Iron Man Keycap brightness Issue...
« on: Wed, 06 August 2014, 13:57:20 »
So this Iron Man keycap I purchased from Keypop isn't lighting up as much as I hoped. :( (Poker II on max brightness) I figure it is because the LED is behind the switch... Is there anything I can do to make the eyes of the keycap glow brighter??? Thanks!


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Re: Iron Man Keycap brightness Issue...
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 06 August 2014, 15:53:21 »
Spray paint the inside silver if it isn't already.
I saw someone do that with a girldc cap and it seemed to work out really well.
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Re: Iron Man Keycap brightness Issue...
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 06 August 2014, 16:07:52 »
Spray paint the inside silver if it isn't already.
I saw someone do that with a girldc cap and it seemed to work out really well.
How would I know which exact spray paint color of silver is most reflective?

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Re: Iron Man Keycap brightness Issue...
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 06 August 2014, 16:19:42 »
Spray paint the inside silver if it isn't already.
I saw someone do that with a girldc cap and it seemed to work out really well.
How would I know which exact spray paint color of silver is most reflective?
Any silver paint should do as long as it's not matte.
http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=34476.msg1207238#msg1207238
In the end.. the keyboard's most grand form of existence is as an ethereal bridge between man and machine..    Each depression of the keys, evanescent.. Our transitory thoughts crashing into the web, carving canyons through the internet wasteland such that life may once again flourish..
HHKB Pro 2 Poker II [MX Red]

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Re: Iron Man Keycap brightness Issue...
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 06 August 2014, 16:35:10 »
Spray paint the inside silver if it isn't already.
I saw someone do that with a girldc cap and it seemed to work out really well.
How would I know which exact spray paint color of silver is most reflective?
Any silver paint should do as long as it's not matte.
http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=34476.msg1207238#msg1207238
Wish there was a link to that specific can of spray paint....

EDIT: Would this work? - http://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-7271830-Metallic-Silver-11-Ounce/dp/B0019K1YD2/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
« Last Edit: Wed, 06 August 2014, 16:37:37 by Aidenknives »

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Re: Iron Man Keycap brightness Issue...
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 06 August 2014, 18:31:46 »
So this Iron Man keycap I purchased from Keypop isn't lighting up as much as I hoped. :( (Poker II on max brightness) I figure it is because the LED is behind the switch... Is there anything I can do to make the eyes of the keycap glow brighter??? Thanks!

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All Iron Man keycaps come coated with gold or silver inside the keycap. Silver does indeed reflect more light than gold but I cannot guarantee that you will see a considerably large difference as gold does a decent job of reflecting as well.
It may seem dim because the opening of the eyes aren't that big to begin with.
I would strongly recommend switching to a brighter LED.

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Re: Iron Man Keycap brightness Issue...
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 06 August 2014, 18:49:14 »
So this Iron Man keycap I purchased from Keypop isn't lighting up as much as I hoped. :( (Poker II on max brightness) I figure it is because the LED is behind the switch... Is there anything I can do to make the eyes of the keycap glow brighter??? Thanks!

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All Iron Man keycaps come coated with gold or silver inside the keycap. Silver does indeed reflect more light than gold but I cannot guarantee that you will see a considerably large difference as gold does a decent job of reflecting as well.
It may seem dim because the opening of the eyes aren't that big to begin with.
I would strongly recommend switching to a brighter LED.
Unfortunately soldering isn't an option for me so I am going to spray the inside with with a very shiny silver paint that will hopefully do a better job of reflecting the dark blue light.