Post - Glorious Lubing of Glorious Pandas
I’m in the process of building this new corne keyboard1 and I finally got all the parts in the mail last week. As mentioned in my previous post, I splurged and got the Glorious Pandas. Everything I read points to these being some of the best tactile switches if you lube them properly. So this is my experience with lubing the the glorious pandas.
I should first mention that this video was super helpful in understanding how to lube switches. The main takeaway is that “less is more” when it comes to lubing switches.
I tried a few different techniques but this is the process I found to me most effective and streamlined.
Here is my basic setup. I’ve got my switch opener, a little plate for lube, a thin brush and the switches. I put a small pea sized amount of lube on the plate to remind me to no use too much.
For each switch, I perform the following steps
- Open up the switch.
- With a pin2 size amount amount of lube, lube one end of the spring
- Put the spring on the switch and lube the other end of the spring
- Grab the stem of the switch with the 4 pronged grabber
- Distribute a half-pin sized amount of lube between the two slotted sides of the stem
- Brush the lube on all 4 sides of the stem avoiding the legs to maintain tactility
- With the remaining lube on the brush, brush the inside of the steam where the spring connects
- Reassemble and close the switch
These switches already felt smoother than the gateron browns before I did the lubing process, but after lubing they incredible. I’m really pleased with how they feel and am excited to put them on the PCB soon.