With Keyboard plates being one of our favourite uses of Lasergist it was only a matter of time until we prepared a detailed comparison gallery of various finishes that you can get at Lasergist.com.
The new Sandblasted look is set to become the most popular choice for custom keyboard plates but let’s see them all in detail and keep in mind that each key hole is about just 15mm wide:
Brushed Stainless Steel
By far the most popular finish for keyboard plates. It looks professional, classy and modern.
Sandblasted Stainless Steel
This is the latest addition in our range of finishes. It’s actually a post-production process and has the same look regardless of the grade you choose. In essence it is glass bead blasting at high pressure and it simply looks awesome. Exactly like Apple devices. You can read more about the process here but in one word: Eventually. It took us really long to fine-tune our process and find the right blends of beads to use but it definitely turned out well.
Shiny Stainless Steel
Slightly cheaper than the brushed, almost mirror-like surface. More prone to scratches and fingerprints. Great alternative to brushed, comes to 3rd position in terms of popularity.
Normal Back Side
Laser-cut parts usually have one good side: the top one. In this photo you see the bottom/back side if left untreated. It doesn’t really affect your keyboard in any way but you know what they say – beauty comes from the inside.
Besides sandblasting, you can choose backside brushing to make the backside look beautiful too. It is exactly what it sounds – the backside gets a shiny, smooth brushed look.