CM Storm Quickfire Rapid on SA Carbon

Not sure if this works well but I think the color of the board matches the carbon or I might be wrong. I am thinking of repainting my board but still lazy right now considering I only want to change it because of the Carbon SA keycaps that I have while all the other keycap sets that I have matches the color on it right now. Any how if you are reading this you might want to give me suggestions about the color for the board to match the set. Thanks

CM Storm Quickfire Rapid on SA PuLse

I cycle thru my keycap collection from time to time. Last week I had this keeb for the rest of the week. Sharing how PuLse SA looked like on my custom painted board.

CM Storm Quickfire Rapid on SA Nantucket Selectrics

Whenever I have new keysets that arrive. I always test them out first on my old buy reliable 5 year old QFR. I’de like to test it out with my MX Blacks since I primarily use this keyboard for work.

All I have to say is that they made my stiff black switches softer. Even my office colleague who have type on this keyboard had the same opinion. He never really like cherry mx black because it was too stiff for him but he said with the SA profile keycaps, he can probably get used to it. Not sue why but maybe because of the higher profile which means a bit less travel to press the keys and also it makes pressing the keys very satisfying.

I had 2 sets of add-on or some sort of novelties when I ordered my set it was really a struggle for me to choose which setup I would like to use and most of the time the problem is that you would want to use all the keys as much as possible.

Check out the album below and maybe let me know what you guys think?

CM Quickfire Rapid + GMK Carbon Keycaps

I decided to install the GMK Carbon keycaps on my QFR board (the one I repainted a few months back).

For some reason the mods or dark colored caps show up as black in the photos but believe me they are really dark grey with orange legends. And I think orange, grey, blue go together.

The caps did considerably lessen the noise for my MX Blacks (well they were not really noisy to begin with) but because this are thick ABS the sound level actually went down compared to ABS keycaps. I posted a video (check my previous post) on how this board sounds like with OEM QFS ABS keycaps.

All in all I am happy with the puchase

Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid GMK Carbon

Sound Test: CM Storm Quickfire Rapid Cherry MX Blacks

Before anything please remember that this is raw video/audio I did not edit anything and I just used my iphone 6 to take this video so it might not sound professional for everyone.

The thumbnail is the keyboard I used for this video

CM Storm Quickfire Rapid Cherry MX Black switches sound test. Take note the keyboard is 5 years old and the switches have gone from stiff to stiffer now maybe due to the age.

I am using thick pbt keycaps I bought from Taobao

Repainting CM Storm Quickfire Rapid

Finally had the time to paint my CM Storm Quickfire Rapid top case. I had this all planned out when I ordered new keycaps from TaoBao but didn’t really had the time when the caps arrived. My QFR is already 4 years old and the top case and keys have seen much better days but the Cherry MX switches all still work fine though. My previous posts will show the condition of the top case if you guys would like to see.

Before I begin with the steps I took to paint my case, I would like to note that I am not preaching this as the only and perfect method. You are free to check other methods from other websites or youtube. With my experience with painting cars (no I do not paint it but I get to talk and work with some car painters) I tried to follow some methods used in car painting.

Another thing before I start with the steps. Please make sure to check on how to open up your mechanical keyboard since every keyboard is different. This will also void the warranty for your keyboard if it is still inside warranty. So only do this when you are sure you want to give up the warranty for your board.

If you want the specific steps go jump near the end of the post.

So here is my weapon of choice.

  • 400 grit sandpaper
  • 600 grit sandpaper
  • 1000 grit sandpaper
  • Plastic paint primer
  • Color paint
  • Top coat

So for this job I went with a base color instead of a plastic primer. Normally I would go with a plastic primer but it was hard to find one in my area, so I went ahead and got a flat white paint. The description says its a paint+primer which means this does not need any primer before application + I can use this as a base coat before I apply the main color that I want. I chose Samurai as my color paint and top coat because it was cheap and that is the only brand in my area that has the blue shade that I was looking for and it was also the only brand that had clear matte top coat.

When painting anything one of the things you will learn is that paint is only as good as your preparation. Do not hurry up things and do not cut corners if you don’t have to.

Here are samples of how it looks like after coats

Here are the steps I performed for this job

Note Please make sure to put masking tap on the inside part of the case making sure to cover up the tabs and the side. If not it will be hard for you to fit the top cover back to the base since the side will accumulate paint.

  1. Dismantle the top cover
  2. Wet sanded the top cover using 400 grit sandpaper. Careful not too put too much pressure. You want to make sure that the plastic does not get deformed.
  3. Finished off sanding using 600 grit sandpaper again wet sand
  4. Let is dry for 30 mins
  5. Applied base coat/primer. I did this by applying thin coats making sure everything gets painted in every pass. I did 3 layers with 10-15 mins interval for each pass (the time really depends on the paint you are using). Let it dry
  6. Wet sanded the cover using 1000 grit sandpaper to smoothen the texture and make sure there are no uneven paint
  7. Let it dry for 30 mins
  8. Applied the color paint. I did 4 layers with 15-20 mins interval for each pass (my paint can says it should be 30 mins interval). Make sure each pass covers everything including the corners. Let it dry.
  9. Again I wet sanded with 1000 grit sandpaper after the 2nd coat and then proceeded with the 3rd and 4th coats.
  10. Applied top coat clear matt. I did 4 layers with 20-30 mins interval (this time I followed instructions from the paint can). I did thin to medium layers with fast strokes because I wanted to achieve a textured matt finish.
  11. After the 4th layer of top coat. I let it dry for 2 days without touching it.

Again this is my method and I hope it works for you. I posted photos of the results and if they are satisfactory for you then you can follow the steps that I did.

To see the photos of the worklog, please see album below

Quickfire Rapid Repaint

Mechanical Black Clacker... Fingerasm 1

CM Storm Quickfire Rapid (none-backlit) Cherry MX Black switches

Photo above shows my daily warrior for work and home use. It has gone throught a lot but still working as good as the first time I bought it. The keyboard is probably almost 3 years odl already and the body of the thing is showing up the scars from the daily abuse. Normally what I would do is sell the thing off and get a new one. I can’t let this go for some reason.

Lately I have been shopping for a cheap rgb keyboard and I bought one cheap chinese brand from a local seller from where I am. Quality seems ok. I will some details about it in a bit.

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During the process of looking for a new keyboard, I found some affordable keycaps (let’s face it, and even Massdrop keycaps ain’t really the cheapest ones you can find). I found a few tidbits in TaoBao and has asked a middleman service to order them for me. Hopefully I can get them in the next couple fo weeks.

I am not sure if I ordered caps for none-backlit keyboard (this CM Storm TKL) only or if its for backlit keyboards I ain’t chinese. It was advertised as PBT which should be somewhat a bit better than regular ABS keycaps that come with most keyboards being sold in the market. I ordered couple of color sets and a RGB set for my modifiers.

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I plan to give new life to my old CM Storm once the keycaps arrive. I am still deciding if I will sticker bomb the cover or paint it all out completely with a certain shade of color. I might do the latter. I still need to figure out how to open this thing up though since it is still a virgin and I have not tried opening it up yet. This will give me time to completely clean up the whole thing from the inside and hopefully if I can learn how to do it is to lube the switches (Cherry MX blacks ain’t really the softest of the switches)

Now I am really excited on getting those keycaps. Hopefully they arrive soon.