Painting a Logitech MX518 completly black with logo removal

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14 Aug 2012, 22:54

I've just painted my old Logitech MX518 completely black. I bougth the mouse in 2005 and used it till May 2012 on a daily basis.
The mouse was technical functioning like the first day, but it started to look horrible: The black soft-painting on the side started to go off and the painted metal with the Logitech logo lost its painting:
Logitech MX518
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After disassembling the mouse I used some body filler (I don't know the exact English word, but it is normally used on cars if there's a big scratch or rust) to close the hole caused by the removed Logitech logo and removed the soft-painting with sandpaper:
Logitech MX518
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Then I painted it with primer and let it dry for a week:
Logitech MX518 Primer
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After that I applied two layers of black paint (Innotec Black BodyPaint). I waited one week to apply the second layer.
Logitech MX518 body painted
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Logitech MX518 top painted
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In the end I put all parts together again:
Logitech MX518 black side view
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Logitech MX518 black side view
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Logitech MX518 black top view
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All in all the paint isn't that good as I would want it to be. Because it doesn't went that well especially on the edges where I didn't sanded assiduously. However I'm happy with the overall result. :-)

I'm currently thinking of replacing the usb-cable with a cloth-bonded one like most of todays mouses have. Where can I buy cables like that? Are they expensive?

If anyone is interested in the disassembly process just let me know, as I took pictures of that as well.


15 Aug 2012, 14:12

That is awesome! Do you think it might work on a keyboard, too? You probably wouldn't want to paint the caps of course, just the case.


15 Aug 2012, 14:55

i need to do this with my diamondback i use in work

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15 Aug 2012, 16:17

Very nice revival of a clearly trusty and dependable mouse!

I might very well have to save my Death Adder.. is it has gone the rounds!

Shame I find it uncomfortable, now that I have the spawn..

Still.. Great job!

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15 Aug 2012, 21:12

itlnstln wrote:That is awesome! Do you think it might work on a keyboard, too? You probably wouldn't want to paint the caps of course, just the case.
That wouldn't be any problem I think. In my opinion using some sandpaper and application of a primer before painting with the desired colour, is the most important thing to get good results. Without the primer the painting wouldn't last long.

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