Mouse Mod

By: -=LRK=-  
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Date: Pre-2005

This is my generic mouse. While it's my all-time favorite mouse, the white color has been a target for some really nasty dirt, that just won't come off.

Since I am not yet ready to spend $100.00 on a Razor Boomslang just yet, I think a little painting is in order. Here is everything I will be using to complete the project:

We have an assortment of paint. The original grey areas will be getting the light blue hammered, and the white will get a coat of dark grey hammered, metallic silver, and I also used a final dash of white satin, just to lighten the overall color. There is also a screwdriver and some safety treads (you'll see later).

First up is cleaning the mouse. Do the outside, take it apart, then do the inside. You will be amazed at the dirt, now that you are getting in there for a good cleaning.

Number Five is Alive! No Dissassemble! (I'll bet 1/2 the people reading have no clue what I am talking about. Damn, I'm getting old.)

Take the time to mask off all the areas not being seen. This took about 1/2 an hour, but it's well worth it. The reason is, the parts inside will all interact, and with the paint, parts may stick together. Your much better off leaving the plastic against plastic.

When the paint dries (about 2 hours), put all the parts back together.

Here is some of that Ultra-Cool No-Slip Bathroom Treading. Cut off 2 small strips about 1/8".

Now, you just stick it onto the feet at the top of your mouse. Why? Because if you use an Everglide or RatzPad, by now, the teflon feet have been all chewed up and the mouse just drags along. For $1.99, you have enough to last a lifetime. Another option are the Mouse Skatez. While I don't care for them with an Everglide, they work great for plastic and fabric pads.

Here are my 2 mice. One is a Microsoft Web, and the other is a Microsoft Explorer. The difference is not only the color, but the texture. While the Web one if Hammered with a grip, the Explorer used just Metallic, so it's much smoother.

These pictures don't do the mice justice. I just couldn't get the lighting right so as to show the textures properly. Anyways, I am much happier.

When it's all finished, I highly suggest letting the mouse sit overnight untouched. The reason is that your palms will get sweaty, you will beat on the mouse, and in the end, ruin the paint job. You need to let the paint harden under the surface as well, before use. When it's dry, this paint will let you beat on it without scratching.

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