apple II - SCORE!

From: J. Maynard Gelinas <>
Date: Mon Jun 23 23:42:34 1997

On Mon, 23 Jun 1997, Sam Ismail wrote:

> On Mon, 23 Jun 1997, J. Maynard Gelinas wrote:
> >
> > How do I go about cleaning this without destroying the case? Does
> > anyone know of some good solvents or cleaners for plastic?
> Get yourself a stiff-bristled plastic brush and a good cleaner like
> perhaps Formula 405. Again, I use an organic cleaner called L.O.C. (an
> Amway product). Flood the case with the cleaner and brush it with the
> brush. It may not take off all the goop, but it will do a good job
> (depending on your cleaner, mine works fantastic).
        My girlfriend is a professional sculptress, I don't know why I
didn't ask her to begin with. She recommended plain amonia, which I was
sceptical of. I wanted to use Formula 405 basically because you had
recommended it. Well, the amonia worked great and the case looks nearly
brand new - it sure took several hours though. ;-) Never doubt a woman
competent with Dremel tools - for many reasons....

> > Can I pull a keytop off the keyboard without destroying the key?
> > If it's really bad I guess I could change keyboards - but I'd really like
> > to attempt to get this guy working, as it was the original.
> Spray your cleaner on the keyboard and scrub with the brush. It'll work
> very well. When you're done, lift each key off (yes you can, they come
> right off and you pop them right back on) and clean each individual one
> around the sides as needed, but the brushing should have done the trick.
> Clean all the hair, fuzzballs, food and other misceallny from the bottom
> of the keys. Replace all the keycaps. Of course rememberto note down
> where they all go.

        I was able to clean between the keys with a few tiny paint
brushes. However, as nice as it looks, it seams as though it's toast. A
few keys stick, several send multiple key bursts, and it doesn't seem as
though the keys are removeable - at least not like as I remember the old
TRS-80 Model 1 keyboard. You could remove the keys and actually clean the
contacts with alchohol. Is this possible, or am I just going to be able
to get dust bunnies between the keys?


        Thanks for your insight!
        J. Maynard Gelinas
Received on Mon Jun 23 1997 - 23:42:34 BST

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