It Cost Me $8 to Mod the New iBP MEK2 PRO RGB Mechanical Keyboard

I’ve been using the iBUYPOWER MEK2 Pro RGB Mechanical Keyboard for over a week now, and I’m absolutely in love with it. The tactile feedback from the blue switches makes doing office work fun again (of course, gaming on it is even more satisfying). It’s filled with tons of color features which you can see in the video below.

With all those features, I still felt that it should match my black and white office setup. When it comes to modding or painting anything, I’m not shy to potentially screw anything up. Take a look at my home gaming PC NZXT Noctis 450 case mod.

WARNING! By you doing this paint mod, this WILL void the warranty!

With that out of the way, let’s start taking the keyboard apart.

Step 1: Remove the Keycaps.

First, I started by removing all the keycaps and placed them neatly in the correct order. You can use the tool attached to the bottom of your keyboard. I suggest taking a picture just in case things get shuffled around on accident.

Step 2: Removing the Screws.

Look for all the screws. Removing these will allow you to separate the base housing from the actual keyboard.

Step 3: Unhook the USB Cord.

After removing all the screws, the cord will still be hooked onto the base. You can easily remove that by pulling it out, and also make sure to pull out the connection to circuit board as well. Don’t worry, you won’t hurt the connection as long as you pull it straight out.

Step 4: Masking the Switches.

I tried removing the switches from the board, but that proved extremely difficult. I didn’t want to ruin anything so I started the painstaking process taping off all the switches with painters tape. Make sure you take your time with this and make it as flush to the edges as possible (I got lazy and learned my lesson the hard way). 

I also made sure to tape off the back where the circuit board was showing.

Step 5: Time to Paint.

Now it’s time to paint! I actually used an old hanger, which freed-up both hands. This allowed me to spray around the keyboard in one pass. If you don’t have a hanger,  you can use any flat surface, but make sure you lay down something to protect the surface from paint. You will paint one side, let it dry, and then paint the other side.

I didn’t have shots of me actually painting because it was late at night and the pictures were extremely hard to see. I will try to describe what I did as best as I can.

I did the first coat of paint with the Rust-Oleum Flat White Spray Paint which you can get at many local hardware stores. Make sure to spray a light, even coat on the first pass. Give it about 2 minutes to dry and apply a second coat. DO NOT spray an excessive amount in on any given area, otherwise you will have uneven, “drippy” paint.

For matte spray paint like this, it usually takes about 20 minutes before it’s dry to the touch, but look at the instructions for each bottle to find the appropriate dry time. Inspect the keyboard to make sure all of the parts are painted. Once you are satisfied, protect it with a Matte Clear Coat finish. Keep in mind, that even a matte clear coat will add a small amount of shine to your keyboard.

The clear coat will actually dry in about 5 minutes, but I suggest waiting one hour before handling. Once the paint is dry enough to handle, begin taking off all the tape and reassembling the keyboard.

NOTE: Though the keyboard is dry enough to handle, it won’t be fully dry until after 24 hours.

Finished Product!

That’s it! You have easily painted the iBUYPOWER MEK2 Pro RGB Mechanical Keyboard for roughly around $8.

If you guys would like me to mod or paint anything else, please let me know in the comments!

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by Michael Hoang, on March 3, 2017