Infilling, By Jae - A text guide to infilling logos and designs on keyboard parts
Recently a lot of people have been asking me for a guide on how to use acrylic paints to infill logos on keyboards. I’ve done this historically on stream for a few boards, most notably my TGR Alice and a Space65 for Mike of Novelkeys.xyz
If video doesn’t work for you I’m hoping this text based guide will. See below for some links and images showing the end result.
Things you will need...
A keyboard part that has an embossed logo you wish to infill
Some acrylic paints (water based)
Some wet wipes (alcohol free)
Some acetone free nail varnish remover or isopropyl alcohol
A microfibre cloth (for drying only)
When looking at your parts, the first thing to consider is how deep the embossed logo/design is. If it’s too deep you may need to use a more specialised method which I’ll briefly cover at the end of this guide. Usually up to 2mm deep is acceptable.
There is also the assumption that this is being completed on an anodised or cerakoted part. Any other finish may not have the desired effect and the paint may not apply correctly.
Clean the part with the acetone free nail varnish remover or isopropyl alcohol
Dry the part with the microfibre cloth
Select your acrylic paint. Using paint with metallic flake can add an unwanted effect to the anodisation so I recommend flat colours until you are practiced)
Clean down your rubber tool, and dry it off in the same way you did the case part
Lay down a protective material on your work surface
Now you have completed your prep you can start to infill the part. This is done in a series of stages to ensure accuracy and coverage.
Apply a small amount of paint as a pea sized amount to each element that requires infill; note it’s easy to add more later; so use less than you think you will need.
Using your rubber tool smooth over the paint into the embossed design. Make sure you get even coverage and add more paint as required.
Ensure that you get no air bubbles using the tool to keep the surface smooth and remove any excess.
Once the logo has been fully infilled you will have some excess paint around the logo - clean up any thick excess; but don’t try to get it neat at this point.
Leave the paint 15 mins to start to cure. Once it looks dry all through with no wet spots you are ok to move on to the next step.
Take the wet wipes, and gently clean over the area, wiping away the excess first.
Once the area around the logo is clean, you can wipe gently over the logo to remove any residue on the top surface of the board where you don’t want the acrylic paint.
Leave it to dry - do not use the microfibre cloth at this point!! Leave the part overnight then wipe and dry again.
Put your board back together!!
Now take some pictures and share your creation :)
If you do have any issues a toothbrush and your ace tone free nail varnish remover will remove any water based acrylic paints.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!!
N.B. If the logo is super deep you can use a syringe to insert the acrylic paint to a thicker amount. You can get small bottles with screw on tips designed for cake decorating. This will take longer to dry and will not need to be smoothed over afterwards.