Car Keys Buttons Replacement




About: I'm from Italy and... And I love to cook, ride bike (and repair) and build whatever I can think of building; even if I'm not able to do it or I don't have the necessary equipment! :D

Since the buttons of the car keys have broken and the ones I did as substitution were not comfortable I decided to try to make new ones better and more functional.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

To realize them you don't need much, just get or buy the oyumaru (it's the ideal material to create molds of things and objects you want to replicate) and Fimo (this is also a material that I didn't know and, as the oyumaru, I discovered thanks to other instructable authors who have reported them to me and recommended). As materials, you don't need any more. Just only a small pan, the oven and eventually a cutter.

Step 2: Molds

First you have to create the molds. If your buttons are not broken you can use them to create the molds. Mine was not usable so, to make the molds, I recreated copies of the buttons using pieces of shoe sole ( the same i used to make the bike mud flap). Make the molds it's really quite simple: put water into a saucepan and bring to 80°c (176°f). Reached the temperature soak up the oyumaru (for the two molds I used half bar) and leave it for three minutes. Past three minutes pull it out (at this point you will see that the oyumaru has become softer and more malleable) and push on the button so as to create the mold. Let cool and remove the button. The mold is done! For the other button repeat the same operations.

Step 3: Create the Buttons

It's now time to create the buttons! Take a piece of fimo and work it with your hands. When it seems quite soft press it into your mold. Let cool the fimo, in this way it will harden a bit and will be easier to remove it from the mold.
Having seen that it was soft and pulling out the printed piece has deformed, I put the mold into the freezer for a bit of time so to harden more. Once extracted, you can cook it.

Step 4: Cook the Buttons

Brings the oven at 100°c (212°f), at temperature you can bake the buttons. Put them on a piece of aluminum foil and leave them for about 10 minutes. After this time, if the fimo still seems a bit soft put back in the oven for as long as necessary to harden completely (I put it back for another 2 minutes).

Step 5: Finishing

Now, you just have to take your new buttons and mount them in your keys. If needed, adapt them by cutting with the cutter blade.
Mine didn't come very well (I fixed them by adding a few small pieces of fimo on the sides so they don't come out from the shell of the key and jumped out) but I am sure that with patience you can get excellent results.

Doing so I spent 7,20 € against 80 € required by the dealer for a single key.

It's nothing fancy, but I hope this instructable will be pleasant and helpful. If you liked vote in the contest.

Grazie mille a lindarose92 e MicioGatta per i preziosi consigli! ;)




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    13 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Very good one, customrobo! I will keep this in mind if I'll have to replace some buttons! ^_^

    1 reply

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Im still researching diferent materials and technicques.
    The origenal buttons is soft rubber, and I thought about looking into the posibility of creating soft ones again.
    But hard ones might last longer.
    Ill post an update when I get it done :-)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Figurati (per quel poco che ho fatto!) :D

    L'ible è geniale, complimenti!! :)


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Sugru was one of the materials that I had considered using, but according to what I understand the Sugru is soft enough so I preferred to use fimo that becomes more rigid.