Question Fixing a mouse pad

Craig234

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This is a strange issue. For decades I've had a 'high end' mouse surface, I don't think it's made any longer, the "Fun industries sUrface 1030" (their capitalization), which is described as "Machine Billited Aluminum". I forget what it cost but let's say $75, something not going to be replaced.

This morning I decided to clean it. I took a bit of dishwashing liquid and a couple pieces of toilet paper and wiped a lot of the pad and then water.

Well, after doing so (and ever since), the area I wiped now no longer has the mouse moving smoothly and easily; there's more friction. It makes it kind of unpleasant to use the mouse on it.

When I rub fingers on the surface - the clean and uncleaned areas look the same except maybe the unclear looks a little dustier - the uncleaned area feels more slippery and rougher, while the cleaned area feels smoother and that there is more friction, my fingers don't slide over it so easily.

Ugh. Who knew, and who knows the reason. Is there some 'special coating' that lasts for decades that was on it that the soap removed? Or what? I'm not sure how to get the area back to the slippery condition it should have. I'm lucky on one thing, that it's reversible, but I'd like the 'cleaned' side to work better again if possible.
 

DigDog

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if it has more friction, it possibly had a layer of synthetic lubricant applied to it, which you now washed away.
You could try an old Quake trick which is to spray teflon on it.
 
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Craig234

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if it has more friction, it possibly had a layer of synthetic lubricant applied to it, which you now washed away.
You could try an old Quake trick which is to spray teflon on it.
Thanks for the idea. Affter a couple weeks it doesn't seem to have changed much, as if yes, it had a lubricant. But you don't 'feel' a lubricant, and it seems strange it wouldn't change at all over more than a decade of heavy use if it were. So I'm suspecting it might be something else.

I'd also worry a little if the teflon might add any further harm.
 

DigDog

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Thanks for the idea. Affter a couple weeks it doesn't seem to have changed much, as if yes, it had a lubricant. But you don't 'feel' a lubricant, and it seems strange it wouldn't change at all over more than a decade of heavy use if it were. So I'm suspecting it might be something else.

I'd also worry a little if the teflon might add any further harm.
is *this* what you have ?
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mindless1

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Spray it with dry silicone (in a can).

It's also possible that you need to replace your mouse or just the teflon pads on the bottom of it.

One other thing I do, because I don't buy into the whole "a mouse needs weights so your super human strength doesn't make it fly off the desk", is open mice and take the stupid weights out. A mouse without weights in it slides around easier.
 

Craig234

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is *this* what you have ?
Actually, no. There seem to be various versions. Mine seems a rare version; for example, that one has a plastic frame, mine metal, I think aluminum. I actually can't find a picture of mine anywhere online. Or any on ebay. Func was bought out a while ago.

On the other hand, your question might have helped! While looking for a picture I found a web site with this:


On another note, I found a thread with some comments about the basic model:

"Hi, looking to buy a hard mouse mat that's closest to the original func 1030's. I absolutely loved them bitd, but due to them being rather expensive in the uk, (i used to buy the alienware branded ones online - under £15 with postage) i'm now looking for something similar but not so expensive. I recently tried a few soft mats ( razer goliathus speed & control editions) but i'm not intirely smitten on then. Nothing has ever felt as good as the old faithful 1030."

"I'm still using a surface 1030 from 2005 :)"

"Same here, this is the best mouse pad I've ever used, and when it finally wears out, I'll be getting another one."
 

Craig234

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Darn, they show the spray for sale but it isn't. I could look at another brand. I'll wait, the flip side is working fine now, good to know what to get if needed.
 

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