So I did this with two of the screws on the keyboard assembly (not the KB screws) and should’ve checked the community first. I see I should’ve been extra careful (even though I thought I was) but darnit, Phillips head screws??
Anyway, I’ve ordered new screws, but can’t get the last two out to do my keyboard swap.
Currently doing the rubber band thing, but no luck so far, and trying to not make it worse with haste.
Get a Vampliers electronics screw remover. I previously stripped a screw on the trackpad and the tool made it really easy to get it out.
For smaller screws, I recommend using something like the iFixit kit which allows you to put a lot of downwards force when undoing screws. With the right bit, it minimizes the potential of stripping.
Thanks @TheTRUEAsian, just ordered the Vampliers now, I’m sure they’ll be worth it.
Now I just need patience, guess I’ll go back to the Cooler Master build for my old mainboard.
Just some advice on when using it. Since some of the screws are really thin, you want to make sure that you’re applying a lot of force so that the tool can bite into the screw and have something to latch on. Then, unscrew it very slowly. When I was initially unscrewing it, I thought the tool was slipping but it actually managed to do it.
Vampliers did the trick, thanks again.