P̶l̶a̶s̶t̶i̶ ̶D̶i̶p̶ + Blackwidow Follow up

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by Deathsquadfire, Sep 11, 2016.

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  1. So I made a post a few months ago about Plasti Dipping my Blackwidow white and now I've done it, but instead of Plasti Dip I used paint instead. I think it turned out great, only had one problem which is going to bother me for the rest of my life, but at least they sell paint touch up pens :big_grin_:
    Use a metal ruler or something to help pry open the keyboard not your fingers!

    Masking off the pegs so I wouldn't get paint in them and mess up the fitting.

    Masking off the Razer logo on the front.

    First coat of paint at 10pm.

    3rd coat of paint at around 10:40pm. (Paint re-coat times will vary with brand and type of paint) I did 4 coats total.

    Finished product! The front piece just snaps on easily.

    I removed the tape too early :angry: I also did not use primer so that might have been the issue since paint holds on to primer better than sanded plastic. I also used 2000 grit sandpaper since my keyboard had no visible scratches or damage, but if your keyboard does have deep scratches or damage I would recommend starting with 400 grit and working your way up(by 200). But I was looking for a super smooth texture so if you're going for something like a satin finish I would recommend stopping at 600 grit.

    For painting I used a spray paint. Anything quality paint works greats, just don't buy the cheap $2-$3 stuff. If you're too lazy to use primer use a primer and paint combo should work fine (I did not use either of these so I might run in to durability issues down the road). Also if you use primer before paint you can sand it after it dries! Use this to smooth out any imperfections you may have. Then once you start painting, if you're going for a glossy smooth finish start with 1 light coat to make sure you cover most the inside edges, then use wet coats for the rest of the project, the amount of layers is up to you, although I would recommend 3 - 5, 3 should be more than enough especially if you used primer / paint+primer combo. If you're looking to get a satin finish, do 1 light coat to make sure you cover most of the inside edges, then a few more light coats, but make them slightly heaver than the first, then once you've reached you're desired coats, "dust" the keyboard with the paint by holding the can about 12 inches above the keyboard and making quick passes.

    A clear / satin top coat is recommended if you want the paint to last a long time, also if you're looking at a satin finish remember to "dust" the keyboard with paint.

    Remember to always paint in a well ventilated area and follow all directions on the paint cans. Also do not breath in the dust from sanding, even if you're wet sanding, wear a mask.

    Leave your thoughts below and I'll try to answer any questions you have!

    The Youtube video I used
  2. Vaypron

    Vaypron Well-Known Member

    Great work, dude. Seriously!

    I'm so impressed of final result(that small crack can happen to everyone:)), that I think I will try that too! :D
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  3. Thanks! :big_grin_: Make you sure watch the video if you are going to do this!
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  4. Could you link the video ?
  5. Vaypron

    Vaypron Well-Known Member

    last sentence of the post...
  6. Never mind, I didn't look at the article properly lol

    Haha sorry about that just realized
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  7. ShamX0

    ShamX0 Active Member

    Well looks good. When comes to paint takes awhile to get some experience via trial and error. Though was a great effort and turned out nice. Maybe could sand down the cracked part and apply another coat. But watch the glass part.
  8. I was thinking about doing that, but I'd rather just use a paint pen to make it easier
  9. DieselLag

    DieselLag Active Member

    Bro this looks insane! I think you should do it for all razer keyboards bc id love to see a white deathstalker! great job man :heart:
  10. I wish I could, but I'm not made of money :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye_:
  11. DieselLag

    DieselLag Active Member

    Yeah i feel you dude but seriously it looks dope!
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  12. ShamX0

    ShamX0 Active Member

    Yeah it will be fine with paint pen. Though haven't really tried it as may look patchy especially white. Plus used to spray motorcycle parts so worried didn't last. Maybe one day will try on peripherals when the warranty dies out. 2k GOLD!
  13. Wow that actually looks great!
  14. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Hey Deathsquadfire, I almost missed this update! Glad to see you finished your project.

    I'm wondering why you opted against Plasti-Dip since it's removable in case you mess up or change your mind later down the road. Did you end up just using some rattle-can white like Krylon Fusion? Did you use a clear coat? Either way it turned out nice dude. Respect for DIY.

    Be sure to give us an update and let us know how the paint job holds up to regular use. I always shy away from white because of how easily it gets soiled.

    PS - nice sky blue mesh basketball shorts.
  15. Thanks! I didn't want to use Plasti-Dip because I dipped my laptop earlier this year and it has already begun to peel and doesnt feel nice to the touch. It feels like cheap rubber. So I decided to try paint instead for a better finish, and if I did mess up I could just sand it down and repaint it. More work but I think it's well worth it. I did not use clear coat because I was lazy, but I think I should have. For this project I just did it as quick as I could, so it could have turned out better. If you want to do this yourself I would recommend the following if you want a glossy like finish (some of which I did not do)

    - Sand it down the matte plastic finish, this will help create an even surface for the paint to stick on, and will make it so much easier to get a glossy finish. I would recommend starting out at 400 grit if you have deep scratches in your keyboard then working up to around 1000-2000 grit, but if your keyboard is new or has very little damage you can start at 1000 or 2000 grit, just might take a bit longer. Also DO NOT over sand, if you remove too much plastic the keyboard will lose it's durability and possibly crack.

    - Use a few coats of primer, use as many coats as the directions tell you on the can. The primer is used so paint can grip onto the keyboard even better and help with the longevity of the paint. After your primer has dried sand out any imperfections, but remember DO NOT over sand! Make sure everything is smooth and ready for painting.This will help get you that nice glossy finish you are looking for.

    - Now you can begin painting, you can use just about any spray paint brand but I prefer Rust-Oleum, I've never had any problems with their paint. Follow the directions on the can as you spray, make sure you don't over saturate. Make sure you make even coats. Also to get better results, use a relatively dust free environment, I did mine in my garage which was filled with dust and I believe the over spray lingered in the air too long and settled back onto my keyboard, ruining the smooth finish. Also make sure you aren't pointing at the keyboard right when you want to spray, hold the can a few inches away form the keyboard, begin spraying, then move towards the keyboard. If you point the can directly at the keyboard and start to spray there may be residue on the nozzle and it will land on your keyboard and possibly ruin the finish.

    - I would highly recommend clear coats, isn't very hard to apply if you follow the directions. The biggest problem I see with clear coat is that people over saturate it! Just use light / medium coats and do it evenly!

    Then let it dry for at least 8 or so hours before you begin to peel anything off, I did not do this and that's how I got the peeling next to the Razer logo.

    So far this paint seems really easy to clean! It seems easier to clean than the original because the paint is glossier and things don't stick to it as well. I also wanted to say that I did not get a super smooth, glossy finish. It looks smooth but feels a little rough, I think it's from the dust and over spray in the garage. I would recommend using / making a cheap paint booth or something to help. You can easily find how to's and stuff on Youtube for DIY paint booths. Or maybe just do it outside, but the over spray will fall onto the ground and possibly stain it! I just got a really big sheet of paper and set it below where I painted. I got the paper from Home Depot (where I bought all the supplies for this project), they usually have a large roll in front of the exit and you can take as much as you need. Also, I did get one small corner on the side of the keyboard to be SUPER smooth, I think the dust can't land on the sides as well :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye_:, but it feels as smooth as glass! And I hope just from using the keyboard the roughness will just wear it self out.
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