Step 1: Materials and Tools.
Materials and Tools used include:
- A used mouse
- A mouse that needs an ergonomic upgrade
- A set of electronics screwdrivers, cross head is recommended
- Methylated Spirits, or Rubbing Alcohol (Nail Varnish also works)
- Cotton Wool, or some cloth
- Sugru, I used three packets (2 Blue for the sides, 1 Black for the buttons)
Step 2: Take apart your mouse.
Now, if you decide to go for the simple method, you may not plan to take apart your mouse. If you are just adding Sugru onto your mouse, skip this step. In order to replace the sides, I had to take my Razer mouse apart. While I was taking it apart, it made sense I give it all a good clean also, I recommend you do the same.
First, lets turn the mouse over, most likely the screw(s) will be on the bottom. The Diamondback has just one screw holding it together, which is hidden behind the read mouse foot. This is a tactic used all the time with tech stuff, be sure to peel off all feet and stickers before you try and pry the mouse open. First try lifting the top and bottom halves apart, if they do not come apart easily use a spare credit card as a shim to slide in and lever open the mouse.
Step 3: Clean that mouse.
Next, we need to set out cleaning the mouse. Most mice will be simpler than the one I have used. The main problem area to tackle in most mice is the scroll wheel. If you clean one place on the inside make sure this is it! It will have hair and all sorts on it. Note, the scroll wheel has a lubricant on it, so try to leave some of that on around the bits where it pivots, or add a little more afterward (Vaseline is a good choice)
Next, we need to remove the grippy stuff on the mouse buttons and give the entire mouse a good clean. Wind a little cotton wool around the end of your tweezers, and dip it into your chosen cleaning liquid, it should easily strip all grease and muck, any of the alcohol based choices will just evaporate, or you can use a little dry cotton wool to remove excess. The rubberised buttons took a little bit extra work, but I managed to remove most of it, giving plenty of surfaces for the Sugru to adhere to.
Step 4: Sugru the sides.
Then author then reassembled the mouse, specifically leaving out my silicon sides. Next, the author was then able to easily crack open some Sugru and push it into the gaps left behind, I made sure to put in a good amount, but tried not to push it in as it would just fill up the inside. I decided to use an extra packet compared to my original plan (2 in total) as I wanted to give a little bit more grip on either side of the mouse. At this point it is worth leaving it to cure for a few hours, it is very easy to ruin your hard work on the sides when doing the top buttons.
Step 5: Sugru the mouse buttons.
The author managed to get away with using just once packet for the buttons, you should have plenty as the Diamond back has very large buttons. The author applied the bulk of it under where my forefingers sit, the thinning out of just a thin layer at the back of the buttons (near my palm). Once the Sugru was applied to the buttons, position the mouse in your normal grip and pressed down onto the buttons. Next, gently move your fingers in a circular motion.
Step 6: Cure and done.
Carefully place the mouse somewhere safe for it to cure. Allow at least 24 hours for the material to set.