Swap my black keys for silver keys?

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  1. iRetard macrumors newbie

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    Mid 2009 15 inch.

    The black keys look ugly and old IMO, so is there a way to replace them with silver keys?
     
  2. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    The silver keys from the prior revisions (None UniBody) will not work. However there may be an aftermarket of coloured keys on eBay.
     
  3. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    As far as I know, you'll have to paint them individually. Or trade in your MBP for an older version.
     
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  6. Tea-Aholic macrumors 6502

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    The glass screen, aluminium body and glass trackpad look great on my 4 year old unibody MacBook. Not so much the keyboard. Made of plastic, the keys have now work out and you can see the glossy patches where it has worn out.
     
  7. AppChat macrumors regular

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    silver keys would be painted silver, that would wear down eventually too
     
  8. Tea-Aholic macrumors 6502

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    I believe that the pre-unibody MacBook Pros used metal aluminium keys like it's casing.
     
  9. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

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    They were plastic painted silver. I think the plastic was white, but I don't really remember that detail.
     
  10. Tea-Aholic macrumors 6502

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    Either way, they certainly held up much better then my unibody MacBook.
     
  11. AppChat macrumors regular

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    you believe?
     
  12. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    I think not. How would the keyboard backlight shine through a millimetre or so of solid aluminium?

    On my 2006 model they were a coated plastic.
     
  13. Tea-Aholic macrumors 6502

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    Yes. I said I believe because I wasn't sure whether it was aluminium or plastic. Either way, my point was that it held up better then the black keys on the current unibody MacBooks.

    How would the keyboard backlight shine through a millimetre of black plastic? Obviously the actual lettering of the keys are painted different colour to the rest of the keys.
     
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    teleromeo macrumors 65816

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    The black keys were a good improvement in comparision to the silver keys of the powerbook. Readability was not always good with backlight on in certain light conditions.
     
  15. derickdub macrumors 6502

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    Because aluminum isn't clear nor would it be "painted". The keys probably start out as a translucent plastic (similar to the letter on the key) and is coated and the letter is burned out for the light to shine through. Something along the lines of that at least. The only way for light to shine through an aluminum key is to remove the material to make the shape of the letter, which IMO would look bad and probably get filled with dirt/dust easily.
     
  16. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    It's translucent bit is not black plastic, that's how. They can do clever stuff when forming plastics nowadays.
     
  17. macmastersam macrumors 6502a

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    would be so cool to have blue keys in the same style as the black ones! lol
     
  18. William.Mantle macrumors 6502

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    Why would you even bother posting that
     
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  20. AppChat macrumors regular

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    because its a stupid idea
     
  21. William.Mantle macrumors 6502

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    No idea is stupid... The only stupidy is from those that stop to mock and bully
     
  22. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    Between the actual question and the idea of light shinning through solid aluminum I'm beginning to loose IQ points...
     
  23. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    Well... unless it's a stupid idea....
     
  24. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, apple made the sleep indicator led shine through aluminum by laser drilling tiny tiny holes through the aluminum. If they did that with aluminum keys it would be so freaking awesome...
     

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