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Welcome to the second and final part of my mechanical keyboards 101 series!
Today I’ll be going over cleaning, maintaining and customising your keyboard as well as some of the different customization options available.
First I’d like to start off with a list of handy things you’ll need to make the process of disassembling, reassembling, cleaning and customizing your keyboard a lot easier:
A wire keycap puller. These are available from a few different sites, but I prefer the ones from WASDKeyboards.com.
Some lubricant for your stabilizer bars. My general rule about lubing is once every year or so, or 6-8 months depending on the conditions of your keyboard. You’ll only need about a third the size a screw head to sufficiently lube your stabilizer bar. I’d recommend wearing powder free latex gloves for this part.
A can of air duster is always handy and preferred over a vacuum.
A soft bristle paint brush or tooth brush, these are available at any dollar store.
A set of precision screw drivers. These are useful for holding down your switches when removing keycaps as well as for disassembling your keyboard’s case and removing / replacing stabilizer bars. I bought mine from a local vape shop for 5X the normal price, but Lowe’s, Wal-Mart and Home Depot have them for super cheap.
If you can’t get some or any of this stuff, most of it can be improvised out of common household items or more readily available items.
You can use a paper clip, a length of Kanthal wire or any other bendy, thin wire to improvise a key cap puller.
A vacuum cleaner on it’s lowest setting and with the hose held a fair length away is good for dust/hair removal. As is an electric pump, I use a Coleman one for cleaning my PC’s and keyboards.
Other than that, it’s pretty straight forward. There are a few places to get replacement key caps, accessories and dampeners online. None of them are insanely expensive either.
Here a few of my favorites.
WASDKeyboards for pretty much everything.
KeyPop.net for fun printed keycaps.
That’s just about it for this post, if you have any questions pertaining to something I didn’t talk about in the video please leave them in the comments here, on YouTube or send them directly to me via Twitter. @AnthonyTofu
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