Keith McMillen Sticky?

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crshm
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Keith McMillen Sticky?

Post by crshm » Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:06 pm

I have the Keith McMillen K-Board and slowly over the years the keys,buttons, and body have this sticky, gummy feel. Anyone experience this and how to get rid of it? I think other products are made of the same material, so, wondering if others are dealing with this issue.

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Re: Keith McMillen Sticky?

Post by fishmonkey » Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:05 am

yes, it's a problem common to pretty much all stuff that uses that shitty soft-touch plastic coating. it got so bad on my Push 2 that i was forced to remove all the coating with alcohol wipes...
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Re: Keith McMillen Sticky?

Post by crshm » Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:46 pm

fishmonkey wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:05 am
yes, it's a problem common to pretty much all stuff that uses that shitty soft-touch plastic coating. it got so bad on my Push 2 that i was forced to remove all the coating with alcohol wipes...
Thanks for the reply.
You mentioning the Push 2 led me to search deeper on the web. I found this site talking about the same thing.........
https://www.elektronauts.com/t/ableton- ... mess/85551

I might try the alcohol wipes and see if it works for me.

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Re: Keith McMillen Sticky?

Post by TLW » Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:03 pm

It’s a problem that some plastics suffer from because over time they react with the air or release as a gas some of whatever constituent chemical makes them not be sticky.

There’s a lot of suggested ways to deal with the problem, including trying to wipe it off with isopropanol alcohol. Though once a new layer of plastic is exposed the stickiness has a nasty habit of coming back again. Another answer to it that sometimes works is to paint the offending surface with thin superglue, which once set gives it a new hard outer layer. Obviously care has to be taken to make sure the glue doesn’t get into the works and that you don’t glue yourself to whatever it is you’re working on, and sometimes superglue seems to do nothing or make the problem even worse. :-(

I really wish hardware manufacturers wouldn’t use the “rubbery” plastics that do this, it’s a real nuisance when it happens and leaves everything feeling horrible. Over the years I’ve thrown out a couple of MIDI controllers because their knobs got so nasty and sticky I couldn’t stand touching them. The “soft touch” knobs on my Microbrute are getting towards that point. :-( I’ve a QNexus that’s OK so far, but to be honest I don’t use it much because its response tends to be all over the place and some chords are all but impossible to play on it because the “white” keys don’t extend to the rear of the “black” keys like they do on a conventional keyboard.
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Re: Keith McMillen Sticky?

Post by crshm » Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:01 am

Welp I tried the alcohol and the wipes too. Did not help. So out of frustration, I took it apart and sprayed it with automotive black paint. It looks good and isnt sticky anymore!
I just have to figure out how to redo the font/text next to the buttons.

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