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Keyboard springs

Postby mrr19121970 » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:00 am

RobertBe wrote:No, that VIC-20 needs case retro-brighting, and the keys need cleaning and re-springing.


I did a few keyboard teardowns at the weekend, and found out the hard way that treating rust on the keyboard springs with 25% acid vinegar is maybe not the best way to restore.

I am currently speaking to a 'spring manufacturer' in the far east, and hope that they now understand what I want. The order is submitted, and I am awaiting delivery.

Assuming the order gets executed correctly, I hope to be able to offer a full set of 'breadbin key springs' here on the forum. Is anyone interested? I don't plan to make a profit on this, just share the costs.

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Re: Keyboard springs

Postby mrr19121970 » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:55 pm

As promised, VIC20 spings are there. They look super.

Asking 15.70 euros for a set (64 keys + 1 space bar) including worldwide postage.
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Re: Keyboard springs

Postby eslapion » Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:09 pm

mrr19121970 wrote:I did a few keyboard teardowns at the weekend, and found out the hard way that treating rust on the keyboard springs with 25% acid vinegar is maybe not the best way to restore.

If you end the treatment there then I guess not. The acetic acid will cause damage.

However, if you wash away the acetic acid after the rust is gone by soaking the spring in pure alcohol and then lubricate the springs with sewing machine oil or another type of fine mineral oil such as WD-40 then you should be ok.

Make sure you let all the oil excess drip away before reinstalling them in your VIC-20/C64.

Having perfectly new springs is nonetheless fantastic. Did you advertise them on Amibay ?
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Re: Keyboard springs

Postby mrr19121970 » Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:13 pm

Yes. 2 sets already gone. I was fed up of paying 50ct each for "used" ones. Theses are less than 20ct each.

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Re: Keyboard springs

Postby mrr19121970 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:45 am

The 2nd lot that I ordered arrived. @elaspion can vouch for me that they are good.

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Re: Keyboard springs

Postby eslapion » Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:36 am

mrr19121970 wrote:The 2nd lot that I ordered arrived. @eslapion can vouch for me that they are good.

They are!

As I noted elsewhere, these springs aren't just good for VIC-20 keyboard, they are also good for all C64 keyboards and C16 keyboards.
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Re: Keyboard springs

Postby mrr19121970 » Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:30 am

This is true, but it seems interest dried up.

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Re: Keyboard springs

Postby mrr19121970 » Sun May 14, 2017 4:00 am

I still have a few sets left.

All BRAND NEW


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