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Re: Rapid wear with shift key

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:50 pm
by pcscote
One other solution would be to leave both keys black and print a yellow/blue rectangle on the overlay above these keys.

Re: Rapid wear with shift key

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:32 am
by Helix
pcscote wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:50 pm
One other solution would be to leave both keys black and print a yellow/blue rectangle on the overlay above these keys.
I was about to suggest the same idea!
Even with painted keys, these colored rectangles would be helpful in case on wear of the paint after several years of use.

I wonder if blue letters, instead of yellow, could also be printed for the DM42. On pictures, the DM41X looks very nice with these blue letters, whereas the monochrome DM42 looks dull in comparison.

The improved keyboard on the DM41X and DM42 is excellent news! My reluctance to buy one of these calculators is disappearing. :)

Re: Rapid wear with shift key

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:06 am
by akaTB
Helix wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:32 am
The improved keyboard on the DM41X and DM42 is excellent news! My reluctance to buy one of these calculators is disappearing. :)
Resistance is futile. ;)

Re: Rapid wear with shift key

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:41 am
by Walter
Helix wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:32 am
pcscote wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:50 pm
One other solution would be to leave both keys black and print a yellow/blue rectangle on the overlay above these keys.
I was about to suggest the same idea!
Even with painted keys, these colored rectangles would be helpful in case on wear of the paint after several years of use.
Know that, been there ... many months ago: please look here. ;)

Re: Rapid wear with shift key

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:35 pm
by Geoff Quickfall
Of course Walter ;)

Re: Rapid wear with shift key

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:36 pm
by Logan
rprosperi wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:03 am
which everyone agrees is an improvement (that is, everyone except someone that is sure to reply to this message)
Ha! There's always that someone, isn't there?

I also noticed that the the faceplate is metal instead of plastic like my DM42. That seems to keep it from bowing outward and probably means a more even key press across. I'm liking the keys so far.

Re: Rapid wear with shift key

Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:39 pm
by akaTB
Cleared the shift key with IPA (really soluble in alcohol!).
Then applied Humbrol Enamel #69.
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Let's see how it will withstand time.

Re: Rapid wear with shift key

Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:35 pm
by Geoff Quickfall
Nice job!

Re: Rapid wear with shift key

Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:35 pm
by toml_12953
akaTB wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:39 pm
Cleared the shift key with IPA (really soluble in alcohol!).
Since I have a lot of IPA (India Pale Ale) in my system, my index finger has dissolved the "yellow" (more like a sick yellow-green)
right off the key. It's now completely black. The blue still looks new!

Re: Rapid wear with shift key

Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:54 pm
by toml_12953
I bought a bunch of paints from a European company and thought maybe I could use one of them on the yellow key but when I go to read the labels, I don't' know what they are! Maybe I'll paint it a nice Smaragdgrϋn or Hellgrau. How about Rot? (Maybe that's what the old color did!) JK. My Grandmother told me what they mean. She said I'll have to order some Gelb then laughed when I asked what the hell that is! Then it hit me. Yellow, of course! She tries to teach me German but I'm no good at it. I'm satisfied with English and some fluency in French and Italian.