Alright! Switches arrived and I'm done.
First I cleaned the mounting plate and attached it back to the PCB.Top tip: leave screws loose so that the pcb can move
I had bought new stabilizers
Insert the switches. Make sure they click in place all the way down. Also, ensure that the pins go through and do not get crushed inside.
Once switches are in place, tighten the mounting plate screws
and proceed to solder:
Pre-cleanup but super nice to solder. No additional flux needed. I used 350C temp.
Here is the keyboard sans keys. I used MX Greens for Space Bar (common practise) and also on ones with stabilizers.
Function keys still look to be yellowed. Since they are darker, care must be taken when retrobrighting as you can overdo it. I'm confident my paint color is spot on. You can actually see the shade is perfect from non-yellowed spots. I'll do another round of retrobrighting later.
Here is the finished product without accented keys. These are the lighter shade keys and look really nice with freshly painted case. I'll play around with options.
How is it to type? Bliss. If you didn't like the original linear keys for their lack of tactility or click, you will love this keyboard after this mod. Absolutely perfect. Here's how it sounds: https://streamable.com/qidib
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