Computer Keyboard Worn Out Again

@NailTech (6892)
United States
August 4, 2012 7:34pm CST
I just noticed that alot of the keys on my keyboard are wearing well off of it again, not that I always need to find the letters and numbers but I type so much for work purposes online that my keyboard suffers the consequences it seems. How is your keyboard doing? Are all the letters, numbers and symbols all readable and how old is it? I think this one is slightly less than 2 yrear old. The letters A,S,L,N,M,Y,U,I,T,Y,E,C,D,K, and H are especially worn off. Do you think I should get a new keyboard or try to paint the letters back on somehow and with what kind of "paint"?
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13 responses
• United States
5 Aug 12
I'm on a laptop, so I don't have a keyboard, per se (I guess I would call mine a keypad?). After owning it for about 2 years now, I have only had one key casualty: My F8 key. Luckily, I'm not one for using function keys very often, so I don't really notice it. While my keys are not worn off, I do notice this sticky "gunk" on most keys. This leads me to believe that my hands are much more dirty than I think, so maybe I am washing my hands wrong or something. As for your last question, I believe keyboards can be bought for pretty cheap these days, and I think that repairing your current one would be quite tedious for a few reasons. You'd have to buy the paint if you don't have it already, and then wait for it to dry afterwards. Unless you have the paint already and like doing DIY stuff, I'd just get a new one.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
5 Aug 12
Yea, lap tops are very different. I would imagine painting on these keyboards wouldn't be that beneficial for me. I do have a few spare ones, I think but hate to have to drag them out and all. I think I'll try to find some stickers first.
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@GardenGerty (90274)
• Marion, Kansas
5 Aug 12
I was going to suggest stickers. You could get them with scrapbook supplies.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
5 Aug 12
Yes thats another suggestion on where to get them, never thought of a scrapbook supplies dept. Thanks Gardengerty!
• Indonesia
5 Aug 12
Mine is still readable. I use silicon on the keyboard so my finger did not touch the keaybord directly. It also keep my keyboard covered from dust.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
5 Aug 12
Silicon, wow. Who;d have guessed? Is it like a cover or a something else like a film or other matter? I have to find out more about this.
• Indonesia
5 Aug 12
Yes.. its a piece of silicone to cover the keyboard. You can find in in computer accessoris shop.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
7 Aug 12
Awesome, I have to go take a look. I still haven't gotten a chance to go looking for anything, yet. Thanks for the ideas.
@caopaopao (1044)
• China
5 Aug 12
I suggest you buy a new one if you mind the letters. The keyboard is not so expensive. If you don't want to buy a new one, you can use a white nite writer pen to write the letter on it. I heard someone did it like that.
@caopaopao (1044)
• China
5 Aug 12
You can also use correctingliquid to write.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
5 Aug 12
I could use that pen too, thanks. I'm going to look for it and also the stickers that someone suggested, whatever I find first I will try to use unless it gets to be so bad that I have to use one of my "spare" keyboards hanging around in the closet somewhere.
• United States
5 Aug 12
I've never had that happen--either with my laptops or my desktop. I had one laptop that had a couple keys pop off; however, I've never had the letters wear off. I always use my computers a lot, too.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
5 Aug 12
Its good that you've never had it happen, I think I've done this at least two other times before. I think my fingers must be absorbing the white stuff from the keyboards that comes off too. That is scary to know.
@Lilmoh17 (71)
• Canada
5 Aug 12
I have had my keyboard for 6 years without a scratch. But even so I would suggest just getting the keyboard stickers that they sell. You can try online or if you want more reliability then you can go to computer store and ask them. Much cheaper than replacing keyboard.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
5 Aug 12
Thanks Lilmoh, I will go to the store and see what they have there, then if I'm out of luck I'll have to order them online somewhere. I have to see the letters sometimes, but I can still see them most of the time and type pretty well as you can see.
@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
5 Aug 12
Certain keyboards loose their letters sooner then others. I has a back up keyboard that started loosing it's letters after a few months of use, so I used a permanent ink fine liner to write in the letters. I have an old keyboard, at least 10 years old, it has a lot of use, it has been used by basically everyone at home and the key still look new, so sometimes it has to do with luck I suppose. If your keyboard is still working fine and the only problem is the letters, a DIY trick is to print out the letters on a transparent slide and cut them out and stick them on add a layer of clear nail varnish to coat the letters. This was a trick used at one of the computer rooms I used because to replace 10 or 20 keyboards each time turned out expensive and this way only when they broke were they replaced.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
5 Aug 12
I supposed so, there are cheaper ones that might loose the lettering quicker than most. Yes, the keyboard is alittle "rough" but always has been, meaning the keys aren't that easy to use as far as "sticking". But then I'm not sure what causes that or if the next keyboard I will get will be that way either. Thanks for the DIY trick! The keyboards do get to be expensive after replacing them so many times.
@cestcest (15)
• China
5 Aug 12
I seems you type very hard on your keyboard.lol. I usually not type so hard. Maybe you can just buy a new keyboard instead of doing painting on it? If the painting fade away again? I just know one of the best painting in the world which good car use DUPOO paint. thanks.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
5 Aug 12
The keys themselves are actually hard to type with, they "stick" so maybe when that happens I happen to type harder as well. I have not heard of Dupoo paint but will look for it somewhere.
• United States
5 Aug 12
I am using a brand new laptop my child just bought me. If the keys get like yours I will order that key board that glows in the dark.I see it all the time on thetv.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
5 Aug 12
I'm not sure if I saw one that glows in the dark, but how fun is that. I like things like that. I might have seen one in one house I went to while estate sale hunting. I almost purchased it, I should have.
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
5 Aug 12
I think the keyboard in the store wasn't that expensive in price. I got mine, a USB keyboard for the price around $10.00, and it works pretty good too. Usually, my keyboard can last long around more than 4 years, and all the letters and symbols are readable still. So, If you can afford a new keyboard, why not get one?
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
5 Aug 12
I can barely afford anything right now, LOL. Medical bills are just horrible. But I know what you mean, for the person who doesn't have these bills I have right n ow it is fairly cheap. I do have a few extra keyboards, somewhere just don't feel like dragging them out. Whenever I got a new computer I'd usually get a new keyboard to go with it.
@mrsuniega (789)
• Philippines
5 Aug 12
my laptop is just 6 months old and of course it really works perfectly so far. the good thing about having a desktop computer is that almost parts of it are replaceable. for your keyboard my advice is that you can purchase a stickers (alphanumeric stickers) that is suited to your keyboard. have it stick on your keyboard and that's it your problem is done.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
5 Aug 12
I will try to find those stickers, I have to go to the computer store and ask for them. Otherwise I don't know where to get them.
@succeednow (1638)
• Singapore
5 Aug 12
You must be doing a lot of typing, more than the usual. I had my keyboard for more than 3 years and it looked as good as new. I think it's better for you to get a new keyboard instead of trying to paint the letters. Firstly it'll be quite a delicate job and you're definitely not going to get them the right size and shape if you going to paint by hand. The result will look awful. Also imagine the time spent to get this done. Anyway, there are keyboards with keys that cannot fade. They may be a bit more expensive but perhaps you could consider. Have a nice day.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
5 Aug 12
Yes I do so much typing,I get tired of it sometimes. I will take your advice and n ot paint the keyboard. It was just an idea though. I would have tried some nail polish paint, not the kind with laquer though.
• Philippines
5 Aug 12
My laptop keyboard alphanumeric keys are still visible. I have been using it for around 7-8 years already! However, the "a" key is getting out of place from time to time. This probably is due to me overworking and using the "a" key. But still, the keyboard is still useable and manageable. I think that you should put in a keyboard pad cover. The one made of plastic, so that you can replace as necessary and as often as you want.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
5 Aug 12
Thats a long time for having a keyboard, some of the letters get use out of the keyboard more than others. A is a pretty common letter to be used so that is why it's getting to be "out of place".I never saw a keyboard pad cover, but doesn't that just keep off the dust?
@bloodmask (590)
• India
5 Aug 12
There are stickers available in market with letter on them. Just go to market buy those stickers and paste them on your keyboard. You don't have to buy new keyboard each time. It will help you and won't wear off easily.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
5 Aug 12
Really? I didn't know they had those. I would really benefit from them, I will have to do some searching for them, thanks so much!