Last Updated: 23 September, 2020
Over six months ago I asked for advice on how to label the key on my keyboard where the letters had worn off. It has surprised me how many other people have the same problem with their keyboard. I thought I had just bought a cheap keyboard, but maybe cheap keyboards are becoming more common, or perhaps we are using our keyboards more often. After thinking about it for some time and reading the comments left on the earlier post I have now solved the problem and my newly labelled keyboard looks like this.
First I used adhesive stickers to label the keys about a month ago and in most cases they have worked with no problems, and have not moved across the keys or come off on to my fingers. However, over the last few days one corner of the E sticker has started curling slightly, therefore I have now coated each key with a layer of clear nail varnish.
If you are going to varnish your keys
- make sure there is plenty of time for the varnish to dry
- cover the whole of the top of the key and ensure you use enough varnish to get a smooth surface
- if you touch type be aware that using varnish may reduce the feeling of the markers on the home keys
- its likely the varnish will wear off in time like the original letters so be prepared to re-varnish the keys in future