Maintaining your mechanical keyboard is essential to ensure it runs smoothly and lasts long. Lubing your switches is one of the most crucial elements of keeping your keyboard in top condition.
Lubricating your controls can reduce the noise of your keystrokes, increase the responsiveness of your keys, and give your controller a smooth, consistent feel. This blog post will cover the basics of lubing your switches and provide tips on ensuring a successful lube job.
Why Lube Your Switches?
As mechanical keyboard users, we all know the importance of lubing switches for a better typing experience. Lubricating your regulators can provide a smoother, cleaner tactile feel when typing and reduce the sound of chatter and bottoming out.
This can help to protect the controls from dust, dirt, and other debris, thus extending their lifespan by preventing wear and tear.
The Tools Required
2. Small Brush
3. Switch Opener or Flathead Screwdriver
4. Soldering Tools or Switch Puller
6. Clean Workspace Area
How to Lube Your Switches: Step by Step
1. Remove the Switches from Your Keyboard
To lube your switches, you must disassemble the keyboard by removing the keycaps and the switch plate. If there are any screws, you will need to unscrew them before gently removing the switch plate.
Underneath the switch plate, you should be able to see the switches. Carefully remove the controls with tweezers and place them on a clean and dry surface. It is important to remember to keep track of the order of the buttons so you can place them back in the same order.
2. Pull Apart the Switch
Once the switch is disassembled, take it apart even further by removing any screws that may be securing the internal components.
3. Lube the Lower Housing
You’ll then want to use a cotton swab or a small brush to apply a thin layer of lubricant to the lower Housing where the stem will move or slide in.
4. Lube the Spring
Next, apply a small amount of lubricant to the spring. You can use an oil designed specifically for mechanical keyboards or a generic oil such as WD-40. Use a lint-free cloth to spread the oil evenly around the spring. Once you’ve finished lubricating the spring, reinsert it into the switch and make sure it is seated properly.
5. Lube the Stem
When it comes to lubing switches, the stem is critical. To begin, you’ll need to prep the stem with a lint-free cloth and some isopropyl alcohol. Once it’s clean, you can use a Q-tip to apply a small amount of lube.
For the best results, use a thin lube such as Krytox 105 or Tribosys 3204. Keep in mind, however, that it’s essential not to over-lube, as this can affect the switch’s performance.
6. Lube the Upper Housing
Next, apply a small amount of lubricant to the Housing. Ensure not to use too much, as this can cause buildup and lead to a malfunction. Once the grease is applied, use a clean cloth to wipe away any excess lubricant. Then, reattach the upper Housing to the switch.
Finally, test the switch to make sure that it is working properly. If it does not seem to be operating correctly, go through the steps again to ensure that the lubricant has been applied correctly.
7. Put the Switch Back Together
Put the keycap back on the switch using the tweezers, then plug it back into the socket and test to ensure it’s functioning correctly.
8. Install Switches Into the Keyboard
Next, use a screwdriver to install the switches into the keyboard’s plate. Secure the controls with the screws provided with the keyboard. Reattach the keycaps and make sure they’re correctly aligned.
Finally, test the keyboard to make sure the switches are functioning correctly. Clean up any excess lubricant that may have been spilled during the process.
Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll be able to enjoy your lubed switches and the improved typing experience they provide!
Having a good knowledge of how to lube switches can benefit anyone using mechanical keyboards. Lubrication of switch mechanisms can improve the typing experience, make switches smoother, and reduce friction.