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perhaps research skin chemistry?
Authored by: BiL Castine on Apr 30, '13 06:56:23AM

I agree that it's likely related to skin chemistry. I'm in IT and see a large sample of keyboards. Mine never seem to rub away the keys but I've seen others that are almost completely blank and glossy instead of matte. I've always thought it's related to the amount of oil on a person's skin which, over time, can dissolve the paint and fill in the uneven surface that provides the matte finish. I've noticed the effect is more pronounced for people who use a lot of moisturizer on their hands, my hands are relatively dry but not uncomfortably so. I'd suspect that just keeping the fingertips clean and dry would go a long way towards keeping the keys looking good.

I've used the membrane keyboard covers and find them mostly tolerable, plus since you use a Dvorak keyboard you could get one with the "correct" keymap printed on it so anyone who sat down to type at your computer would be a tiny bit less confused when the letters come out "all wrong". Just be sure to wash the keyboard cover, I've seen finger oil actually soak thru them and pool between the membrane and the keys.



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perhaps research skin chemistry?
Authored by: joelseph on May 07, '13 03:25:42PM
I've seen finger oil actually soak thru them and pool between the membrane and the keys.
Congratulations. I think that's the grossest thing I've ever read on macosxhints. =-P

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