I just got veeery lucky and acquired a beamspring keyboard in amazing condition compared to some photos I've seen online. However, there's still some work to do. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of experience doing restorations, hence I want to be as careful as possible so that I don't break anything. And for this reason I wanted to ask more experienced people than myself what I should do and what not
Here are a few pictures of the board:
What tools should I get for the restauration job? Obviously basic things like a good keycap puller, maybe an ultrasonic cleaner? Recommendations would be great, as I have a high budget for the build
2) Good things to know before disassembling:
What are things I should be cautious about? - Keycaps, case etc. I've heard that the keycaps are very hard to take off - I think I have to do a back- and forwards motion while pulling right? If there's something I should be careful about please tell me
3) What even needs to be restored:
I've seen a lot of people cleaning the membrane with some special chemicals or even cleaning each individual switch. Is this necessary or just something nice to do? Obviously properly removing the contamination shield will be one of the first things I will have to tackle. Also I will have to make a fitting foam for the keyboard - any experience what foam (height etc.) works best?
4) Overall cleaning:
Should I just wash the keycaps as well as the case in soapy water or do I have to use something more special for that so that it doesn't rust in the future?
5) Converting the keyboard:
I live in the EU and it would be amazing to be able to use the beamspring as an actual daily driver. I would love to convert it to usb + be able to use the solenoid, is there a converter in stock for that that ships to my location ?
Thanks in advance! I really want to give this beauty the makeover she deserves.