How to Paint a Keyboard

Written by carol adams
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How to Paint a Keyboard
Make your keyboard more interesting by painting it. (keyboard #5 image by Adam Borkowski from

Computers and their accompanying peripherals are a testament to uniformity and interchangeability. For example, one computer keyboard looks very much like every other computer keyboard. Some people, especially those with an artistic streak, object to this homogeneity and choose the alter their keyboard to better suit their personality. One way to do this is to paint the keyboard.

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Things you need

  • Spray paint
  • Pliers
  • Painter's masking tape
  • Newspaper

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the keyboard from the computer. Take a photo of the keyboard so you will know where the keys go.

  2. 2

    Use pliers to remove the keys from the keyboard. Do this carefully, since it is easy to break them, and then you have to wait while you order replacements.

  3. 3

    Cover the areas of then keyboard you don't want to paint with painter's masking tape. This will include the area where the keys attached, since you don't want to interfere with their functionality.

  4. 4

    Place your keyboard on old newspaper and use the spray paint to spray it. Keep at least 6 inches away and spray only a bit at a time to avoid runs. Let the paint dry.

  5. 5

    Replace your keys, using the photo you took as a reference.

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