I have a computer keyboard with black keys, and white letters on them.
Several of the letters have worn off the keys. I'm wondering if there
is some sort of white permanent marker to use to put the numbers back,
or something else?
Yea, I know keyboards are not that costly, but it works fine, so why
replace it just because of a little paint.... Plus I like the feel of
Paint, if you want to take the trouble...
1. Get a grade school type water color kit
2. Apply the white paint rather heavily. You don't have to stay within
3. When the paint is dry, use a piece of damp muslin to wipe off the
excess paint. Do it gently so that the paint in the recesses stays there.
You can do the same thing with oil paint...harder to do, lasts better.
You can also do it with drying type drywall compound but it would tend to
fill up the recesses which means the white would get dirtier faster.
Harbor Freight has white ink pens.
Auto wrecking yard guys use them to
mark "09 Buick" kind of thing on parts.
About two bucks. Bring your 20% coupon.
And be sure to get your free flash light.
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Print using the appopriate symbols using a good font and size. Cut out and apply using several coats of clear nail polish. You'll now have a keyboard where the tops of a few keys are white with black lettering but It costs nothing to do this.
In MOST cases the letters are nut recessed into the -lastic - they
are just screened on (or thermal printed) You could use Lettraset and
then put a coat of clear over them, but the cost of the lettraset
approaches the cost of the keyboard.
They sell little keyboard stickers at a low price. Problem is, I can't
find then locally and the cost of shipping makes them too expensive for
So I use little pieces of white paper with the number in ink, fastened
with a small piece of Scotch tape. They don't match the other keys and
wear away all too soon but are better than blank keys.
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
No. I'm not a touch typist by any means and most of the letters on this
keyboard are gone. With my 2 or 3 finger typing style once I get indexed I
can get by but finding the 'i' instead of 'o' or 'u' is iffy.
Precisely. Even better, most of the PS2 keyboards at work have been replaced
by USB's. I scored a genuine IBM keyboard off an old AIX box. I just have to
replace the current mess. iirc, this Linux version doesn't do hot swaps so
I'll have to reboot.
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Regular labels placed on the fronts of the key caps will last a
Instructables.com has an article on restoring the factory look, but
it won't last long unless you coat the tops with something clear,
and even that will wear off:
Funny you mentioned the I and the O. Those two are worn off and are my
biggest ones to mix up. Yea, I do know where the keys are, but it's
earier to type when I can read the letters. I never learned to type the
traditional way, but I can type fast just using a few fingers on each
The letters are NOT recessed. They were just painted on. I will be
looking for some of the stick on ones, if they are not too costly. But
I'm not concerned about the font and all of that. I'd be happy to just
use a fine point magic marker, if they were made in white.
I've heard about "paint sticks". but never used them, or know how they
work. That was a consideration, but I'm not sure where they are sold.
Otherwise, I may just take some oil paint and a small artists brush and
do my best.
I was wondering about trying nail polish. I know they sell a metallic
silver, and a brush is included. But I dont use nail polish (I dont
have breasts) :)
So I dont know much about it, except that it seems to be durable, and
needs acetone to remove.
Nail polish is lacquer with color (and sometimes a filler) The brush that
comes with it is way too big for your purpose. You would need a #1 or #0
round artist's brush. Maybe even 2/0.
Just tell the checkout person at the market it's for your wife. Red lipstick
can be very handy when fitting parts but I never was questioned about the
purchase. Now going into JoAnn Fabrics looking for naugahyde to recover my
motorcycle saddle can get a little strange... Michaels isn't much better.
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