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Offline bexleycorona

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Looking to spray paint my keyboard
« on: Mon, 24 June 2019, 22:24:25 »
I saw this combination a while ago and finally have time this week to spraypaint my keyboard.

I'm just not sure what is similar to the color. I'm thinking Rustoleum Champagne Mist?

Any advice is appreciated.

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Re: Looking to spray paint my keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 25 June 2019, 06:13:16 »
Metallic spray paint very seldom lives up to real metal. And there is of course risk of chipping.

I would just get the paint and try it on some test pieces to see if I like it, and how to apply it. Your own experience always beats someone else's.
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Re: Looking to spray paint my keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 25 June 2019, 08:27:24 »
I have used that line and it works well, but I  * HATE *  those nozzle/handles.
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Re: Looking to spray paint my keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 26 June 2019, 19:40:34 »
This is my first time spray painting so I made quite a few beginner's mistakes.

I ended up going with Pearl Mist rather than Champagne Mist because the latter kept reminding me of a smoker's teeth. I wanted something a bit lighter.

Initially I tried to paint the pearl mist over the original (sanded down) black plastic and realized as long as the base was black I would always end up with a gray color.


I was doing a great job at first but then got impatient and sprayed a bunch on at once. Then I got frustrated and started in the middle rather than at the side which made the middle thicker...

Went back to the store and picked up a primer + paint "heirloom white" Then 30 minutes later I went over it again with the metallic with better results. After 40 minutes later I started putting the keyboard together and realized I was leaving fingerprints on the keyboard. It had dried but not cured yet.... so I just made small fingerprints all over the keyboard in an attempt to make a textured pattern.

It's post op day #1 and the top still feels a little soft. I guess it will take a total of 1 week for it to fully cure.

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Re: Looking to spray paint my keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 26 June 2019, 20:21:08 »
ALWAYS  follow paint instructions precisely to the letter and   NEVER  take short cuts.

Also, I recommend not mixing brands or formulations, at least until after days or weeks of curing.
“As psychoanalysts we understand how one of the things that makes for a certain kind of mental pathology is a hatred of reality and an attack on thought. Donald Trump hates reality .... there are so many different factors psychologically and emotionally that are involved with his behavior that to really understand Donald Trump would mean that you would understand of all of psychiatry. Trump is against any kind of rules or regulation. He sees everything as a kind of psychological straitjacket. Donald Trump probably has the lowest frustration tolerance of any president I have ever witnessed. It is very hard for most people to accept that Donald Trump is not normal, because it is such an unusual situation. He doesn’t believe in rules. Not ever - Donald Trump is like a two-year-old child.
Donald Trump actually hates loving families. He hates a deep connection between mothers and children. Donald Trump hates mothers and children. He cannot control those feelings. Therefore Trump’s goal is to separate mothers and children. He wants to punish them. Other people identify with the aggressor, the abuser. This is what Donald Trump did. He became cruel, like the parent, as a way of protecting himself from his own anxiety. Donald Trump’s father always wanted him to be a killer. So psychologically Donald Trump functions like a killer — but he doesn’t kill directly."
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Re: Looking to spray paint my keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 26 June 2019, 20:36:54 »
A close up shot.

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Re: Looking to spray paint my keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 26 June 2019, 20:37:15 »
ALWAYS  follow paint instructions precisely to the letter and   NEVER  take short cuts.

Also, I recommend not mixing brands or formulations, at least until after days or weeks of curing.

I'm incompetent.

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Re: Looking to spray paint my keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 28 June 2019, 05:00:54 »


These might help



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Re: Looking to spray paint my keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 28 June 2019, 07:06:03 »
I'm incompetent.
It's the mistakes that you learn from. ;)

I've done a few throughout the years: incompatible paints, too thick layers, not leaving to cure. ... And then spent hours sanding down and respraying.
But ... some paints are more forgiving than others. Do give it a few days before you decide if you should redo it or not.
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Re: Looking to spray paint my keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 28 June 2019, 22:43:19 »
If I am thinking of repainting the keyboard to go over the imperfections do I need to just sandpaper everything with emphasis of over the imperfections or go all the way down to the plastic again?

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Re: Looking to spray paint my keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 29 June 2019, 08:06:45 »
You can probably just sand away the problems and scuff the rest of the surface. Primer might be a good idea, and a necessity if you are going to a significantly different paint brand or recipe.

Even spray paints can take days to truly cure, the longer you wait, the better.

"Several thin coats" is probably the best advice of all. Most spray paints usually say something like "re-coat within one hour or wait 24 hours" and in that scenario 3 thin coats 20 minutes apart will give you a very nice result.


“As psychoanalysts we understand how one of the things that makes for a certain kind of mental pathology is a hatred of reality and an attack on thought. Donald Trump hates reality .... there are so many different factors psychologically and emotionally that are involved with his behavior that to really understand Donald Trump would mean that you would understand of all of psychiatry. Trump is against any kind of rules or regulation. He sees everything as a kind of psychological straitjacket. Donald Trump probably has the lowest frustration tolerance of any president I have ever witnessed. It is very hard for most people to accept that Donald Trump is not normal, because it is such an unusual situation. He doesn’t believe in rules. Not ever - Donald Trump is like a two-year-old child.
Donald Trump actually hates loving families. He hates a deep connection between mothers and children. Donald Trump hates mothers and children. He cannot control those feelings. Therefore Trump’s goal is to separate mothers and children. He wants to punish them. Other people identify with the aggressor, the abuser. This is what Donald Trump did. He became cruel, like the parent, as a way of protecting himself from his own anxiety. Donald Trump’s father always wanted him to be a killer. So psychologically Donald Trump functions like a killer — but he doesn’t kill directly."
- Justin A Frank - Trump on the Couch - 2019