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I would like to have an all-black keyboard on my laptop. I want the built-in keyboard to look like this:

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What is the best approach?

  • Try to remove the symbols?
  • Paint with black paint?

Has anyone done this? How?

The laptop is a compaq nc 6000.

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Everybody, thank you for the suggestions. – codeape Sep 29 '09 at 9:04
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Fine grit sandpaper or paint both work well.

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What kind of paint should I buy? – codeape Sep 29 '09 at 9:05

For the sake of re-selling in the future i reccomend, permanent marker or paint

so in the future can be removed to see the keys

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I agree for re-selling you shouldn't do something too final. You could always buy a spare keyboard on ebay, and spray paint it flat black/sandpaper that way if you do sell it you still have an original. – mosiac Sep 25 '09 at 13:03
permanent marker, in my experience, does not work; it rubs off. i have tried Sharpies and a store brand pen from an art store, and both last only for about a week, at best. (caveat: i use my keyboard A LOT). – Klaatu von Schlacker May 2 at 21:17

You should be able to folks who make custom key caps, and just specify black blanks (should be cheap!)

These guys, came up on a Google search

The Key Connection,


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