How do you Lube Shift keys?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

Lubing shift keys follows a similar process to lubing other switches on a keyboard. Here are the steps you can follow:

1. Remove the shift keys from the keyboard: Start by gently prying off the shift keys from your keyboard using a keycap puller or a small flat-headed screwdriver. Be careful not to apply too much force to avoid damaging the key or the switch underneath.

2. Take the switches apart: Once you have removed the shift keys, you need to disassemble the switches. Most switches have a housing that can be opened by carefully prying it apart using a small tool. Take your time and be gentle to avoid breaking any of the components.

3. Lube the springs: Apply a small amount of switch lubricant to the springs inside the switch. Use a thin brush or a Q-tip to spread the lube evenly over the springs. This will help reduce any spring noise and make the switch feel smoother.

4. Lube the bottom housing: Apply a thin layer of lube to the bottom housing of the switch. This will help reduce any friction between the stem and the housing, resulting in a smoother keystroke. Again, make sure to spread the lube evenly to avoid any excess lube buildup.

5. Lube the stem: Apply a small amount of lube to the stem of the switch. This will further reduce friction and make the keystrokes even smoother. Be careful not to use too much lube, as it can cause the switch to become mushy or unresponsive.

6. Lube the top housing, if desired: Some people choose to lube the top housing of the switch as well, although it is not necessary for all switches. If you want to lube the top housing, apply a thin layer of lube to the inside of the top housing using a brush or a Q-tip.

7. Reassemble the switches: Once you have lubed all the necessary parts, carefully reassemble the switches. Make sure all the components fit back together properly and snap into place. Take your time during this step to ensure everything is aligned correctly.

8. Put the switches back in your keyboard: place the lubed shift keys back onto your keyboard. Make sure they are properly aligned with the switch underneath and press down firmly until they snap into place.

Remember, lubing switches is a personal preference, and the amount of lube used can vary depending on your desired feel and sound. It’s always a good idea to experiment with different lubes and amounts to find the perfect balance for your preferences.