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#1 2017-11-22 17:50:53

mike6432
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Registered: 2017-11-22
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Cleaning Apple iic Apple made hairpin switches?

Hi. New user here. I recently acquired an Apple iic and overall it works good.

One of the annoying issues though is some of the keys repeat themselves or are really hard to get input from them, I have to hit them hard.

I did remove all key caps and the rubber spill guard and used some canned air on the surface but at this point I don't know what to do. I notice the switches are soldered into the board - I don't want to mess with soldering. But if I can remove the tops of the caps safely and clean them I'd do it, but I'm not sure how.


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#2 2017-11-22 18:32:44

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Re: Cleaning Apple iic Apple made hairpin switches?

I like to dribble a little isopropyl alcohol down there and work the mechanism over and over and over and over and over again.


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#3 2017-11-22 18:34:55

mike6432
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Re: Cleaning Apple iic Apple made hairpin switches?

Thanks for the reply. Do you mean just put some on the black + that depresses and just work it? And that won't do any damage? I thought I found someone on some other site recommend WD40 but that scares me - even though I know how great it is.

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#4 2017-11-22 19:04:12

mike6432
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Re: Cleaning Apple iic Apple made hairpin switches?

It seems that may have helped. Thank you.

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