02-10-2009, 12:32 AM
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| | alright... heres a heads up. and a reason why RIM didnt do it.
So, i got a bold shortly after they came out... AWESOME phone.
Anyway, i thought "Hey, why didnt RIM put REAL leather on these things..."
And heres why...
I went down to a hobby shop after getting my hands on some discontinued leather samples from a furniture store (top grain leather, the real stuff), bought some mercury glue with an accelerator. cut the leather to fit the bold back plate and glued the animal to the plastic... And... it... looked HORRIBLE. Like, i mean brutal, first of all, it isnt as easy as you may think lol. The backplate wouldnt even clip back down to the phone.
Using an xacto knife, i trimmed it down until it would at least close again.
After a week or so the leather got reallllllly dirty and started to stink (like a dirty sock, or a cast) so i tore it off.
I found some templates from colorware, i printed them off, cut them out and taped them down to some FABRIC samples i got from the same store. This worked out better, but the blue turned the fabric rock hard as it did with the leather... So i tore it off. At this point, my blackberry bold backplate is COVERED in rock hard krazy glue, and looks brutal.
So... i sanded down the bumps and high points, and went out to buy a new backplate when i thought to myself CARPET TAPE!!! Double sided carpet tape!
And it works VERRRRRRRRRY nicely, all youve got to do is cut out the template, tape it down to the fabric using scotch tape, then cut the fabric out. apply your double sided CARPET tape (heavy duty stuff, meant for outdoor vinyl etc 12 bucks a roll) to the fabric, and stick it down to the backplate making sure to line it up properly. Fold it around the edges and youre set.
It looks good, very good for about a week until the fabric begins to a) fray b)smell and c) make your hands feel disgusting after touching your phone.
So, all in all, it looks awesome, but is a really bad idea.
Ive figured, RIM didnt use REAL anything to upholster the phones surfaces for this very reason. Fabrics and leathers absorb things you just dont want against your face.
AMEN for intelligent engineering.
BTW, ill put up a picture tomorrow for you guys to see how it does look. Ive got some pretty cool fabric on my phone right now. Im going to try coating it with rubber next week, but will likely end up buying a new backplate because the rubber idea is going to be a bad one.