Modern day computer mice are built to last, with the analog balls of yesteryear all but extinct, and fancy new lasers most computer mice tend to last a long time.

If you spend a little bit more on a slightly nicer mouse, they tend to last even longer.
The problem I had with my Razer Diamond back is that it's nice rubberised button coatings was wearing thin, and the silicone sides were yellowing.

Solution? Sugru of course!

I made two basic modifications to my mouse, the main one being to cover the main two mouse buttons with Sugru, custom moulded to my finger tips. The second, to replace the yellowed silicone down the side of my mouse.

When I mentioned what I was doing, The Ideanator pricked up his ears and took note, and in the time it took me to write up this instructable he had already added some modifications onto his mouse, and got some pictures. So you will see a few shots throughout of his project, and how he did his compared to mine.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Picture of Materials and Tools
Materials and Tools used include - 
  • A mouse that has seen better days, or
  • A mouse that needs an ergonomic upgade
  • A set of electronics screwdrivers, cross head is most likely
  • Methylated Spirits, or Rubbing Alcohol (Nail Varnish also works)
  • Cotton Wool, or some cloth
  • Tweezers
  • Sugru, I used three packets (2 Blue for the sides, 1 Black for the buttons)
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Corinbw5 months ago

I had a mouse once, i think I got it for five bucks. I want to do this to my dads trackball mouse although it is already perfectly ergonomic and is lasting forever.

I am experimentng with oogoo becuase it is cheaper and faster then sugru.

hey, nice mouse hack. How is it holding up ?

gmjhowe (author)  projectsugru4 years ago
It is holding up pretty well actually, I use it daily for general computing and design work. Been using it since I published this instructable!

So far it is fairing a lot better than the mouses original grips, so much so, if I get a new mouse, I might go for a sugru coating straight away.
cool, that's great :)
dombeef4 years ago
Nice! Now if only i had some surgru...
zascecs dombeef4 years ago
dombeef zascecs4 years ago
too bad someone doesn't have extra surgru packets...
*sniffs louder*
zascecs dombeef4 years ago
*sniffs even louder*
dombeef zascecs4 years ago
*yells that i sniffed*
zascecs dombeef4 years ago
*sniffs so much that the dog starts sniffing to see what the problem is*
dombeef zascecs4 years ago
*and he find me sniffing at the computer screen*
zascecs dombeef4 years ago
*all the dogs in the neighborhood start sniffing*
dombeef zascecs4 years ago
*and they come and sniff me to find what the problem is.*
zascecs dombeef4 years ago
*they find out that it's not worth sniffing you so they come and sniff me to find out what the problem is*
dombeef zascecs4 years ago
*and they throw up on you, i think they accepted you*
zascecs dombeef4 years ago
*but they regret it and lick it off and then go throw up on you*
dombeef zascecs4 years ago
*so i am now accepted to their group and i say to attack you*
zascecs dombeef4 years ago
*but before they threw up on you, i brainwashed them and told them to do the opposite they are told so they attack you instead*
I think if dombeef stopped crying and singing the Still Alive song in the comment boxes and got a job, he might have some Sugru right now.

Stalker... joking, just someone owes me money and they haven't given it back
zascecs dombeef4 years ago
the dog ate it, you won't be seeing your money for a while
dombeef zascecs4 years ago
I'll wait till he poops it out, i gave him a "special" treat...

zascecs dombeef4 years ago
the dog is specially trained for his body to resist the effects of laxatives
dombeef zascecs4 years ago
I use the powers of olive oil, lessens the friction...
Now i wait...
zascecs dombeef4 years ago
...for some digested dollar bills...
dombeef zascecs4 years ago
Yeah, I will do anything for money, even though it is poop covered
zascecs dombeef4 years ago

too bad, the dog ran away, its safe in a bunker deep underground
altontoth4 years ago
I like it. Bought a pack at Maker Faire in May, thinking of what to use it for.
Never occurred to me to do this!
yamon4 years ago
That's sick, I'm gonna definitely hit my diamondback up with this. Thanks!
and-reas4 years ago
You make me want to have sugru. The look is nice, not very common yet too :)
Kaiven4 years ago
That's cool! I think the one issue I have with sugru - and most of the sugru entries - is that it doesn't look smoothed... do you know what I mean? If I did this, I would probably use the back of a small spoon to smooth the silicon before it hardened with my fingerprints in it. Anyways, great idea! If I were doing this mod, I would go ahead and make my buttons click silently too.
gmjhowe (author)  Kaiven4 years ago
I agree! I am actually planning a hack where I get a smooth Sugru result. Using moulds, but that I depends on wether I want to make a permanent addition to my iPad.
Kaiven gmjhowe4 years ago
Cool, can't wait!
DJ Radio4 years ago
Sugru sounds like some kind of pokemon.
Go surgru!
Surgru uses stick to object!
Surgru succeeds!
BOOM56014 years ago
And the best part is, when the police want your prints, they only have to find your mouse!
Diabloscope4 years ago
has rubbery feel ? i was thinking something like that just tapeing abs plastic on the 1 & 2 buttons to raise the buttons a bit on my Habu Mouse same shape and size of your Diamondback , just more buttons , and i need to do this to my microsoft x8 cant get a good grip, it its too smooth and the wheel sucks too smooth finish but im filing knotches in it for better gripping
Great Idea ! I will be Doing this to Both Mice !! THANKS !!!
gmjhowe (author)  Diabloscope4 years ago
Its silicone, so it has a kinda grippy feel, not quite like the rubbery stuff, but it feels more resilient. I did have the Habu for a while, but I prefer the finger grip of the Diamond Backs opposed to the Palm grip of the Habu. Plus I upgraded to the better sensor in the Diamondback 3G!
I have a Logitech mx518, will it work?
Yep, any sort of mouse will work.
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