All you need for this mod is a Steelpad 4S, a 5'
kit in any color and some clear automotive door edge molding. EL wire is a
great product, but the biggest problem with it (other than the EL inverter
noise) has always been how best to adhere it to where you want it, my
solution has always been door edge molding. The cool thing about door edge
molding is that it has a bead of glue in the channel that helps to hold it
in place, and there is enough room in the channel for EL wire.
I started edging the mouse pad with the molding at the
top, just to the right of the topmost rubber foot. I continued around until
the door edge molding ran out, then I grabbed another strip and continued
around until I got to where I started. I cut the piece a little bigger than
needed and left it unattached, then I cut a part of the back of the edge
molding out so that the wires could be fed through. I began running the EL
wire at the side of the molding I didn't cut, starting right at the heat
shrink connection to the wiring.
I pushed the EL wire under the molding on the face of the
mouse pad and then used my all purpose tool (green plastic spoon) to run it
the rest of the way around the pad. I slid the handle of the spoon beneath
the edge molding and held the EL wire taught and it ran the entire length
with out a snag. I went back over it with the spoon handle a second time to
make sure the EL wire was even all around. When the EL wire met back up
with itself I then cut the edge of the molding that had been left unattached
so that it fit flush against the other side of the molding and stuck it
The excess EL wire was wrapped in a circle and taped to
the back of the mouse pad. Flip it over and make any adjustments to the EL
wire or door edge molding necessary. I found that the edge molding tended
to buckle up around the corners of the pad but after a little coaxing it did
lay down pretty good. All that's left now is to plug it in, fire it up and
see this thing glow...
Well, now that's pretty. A simple mod for under fifteen
bucks that took all of fifteen minutes to accomplish. Have a tall cold beer
and congratulate yourself on yet another mod well done.
- Guide written by ARTbyTROY