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#1 2015-03-17 23:16:11

Registered: 2014-05-29
Posts: 1,064

Coating for mice and trackball wheels?

Cleaning those little sensor wheels on old mice and trackballs really isn't awesome.  There have been some great advances in antistatic coatings, oleophobic coatings, and the like and I was wondering if anyone has tried applying these to ye olde input devices to keep them from crusting over.


#2 2015-04-04 08:23:36

From: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Registered: 2014-06-14
Posts: 8

Re: Coating for mice and trackball wheels?

I suspect the issue with this would be achieving a thin enough coating to not interfere with the reliable mechanical tracking of the ball.

While this almost certainly could be done, it would require either specialised facilities or ingenious hacks that may make one question the worth of such vs. simply cleaning the mouse from time to time.

I... don't want to think about the composition of mouse crud hard enough to figure out exactly which type of coating to go for. I have war stories about the perversion of PC cases. sad

Doing perverse things to Apple Computers since 1996.
I wonder what this wire goes t- /kzzzzt


#3 2015-04-04 16:36:01

From: Electron Alley
Registered: 2014-05-26
Posts: 1,118

Re: Coating for mice and trackball wheels?

"the perversion of PC cases" could refer either to PC cases being perverted, or the perverted things people have done to PC cases, or all of the above. :evil:

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