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Old 12-08-2008, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone seen any mods on bolds yet?

I've painted a few curves but now I want to try painting a Bold. Going to order the All black case from CNN, possibly try and upholster the back with a fabric?
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I dont follow what you did, you sanded the leather down?
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Old 12-09-2008, 03:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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wow you sanded the leather down???????once done pls share your bold pics
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Old 12-09-2008, 08:04 AM   #5 (permalink)
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No. I will post once finished

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Old 02-09-2009, 11:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Smile 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.

So...

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.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Haha... thanks isweatman. Your story made me laugh. :D
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:12 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Haha funny stuff right there!

Oh well, discoveries are made through experimentation. Don't give up, you'll find something that works. And keeps us posted your progress.
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Lightbulb as promised.

Here is what a blackberry 9000 Bold upholstered in a fine rayon/polyester fabric looks like. The fabric itself has a really nice golden sheen, it looks "pimp".

This is what the fabric looks like after about a week of the usual in/out of the pocket routine, it also smells like a dirty sock. So dont upholster your cellphone, its dumb.

It looks factory done for about 48 hours, so. in that time frame i feel really warm inside, that i have a fabric covered cellphone and there are probably very few others as LUCKY as i am. Then it gets dirty and i stop answering my phone because it smells disgusting. Ill be ripping this sucker off later tonight and 'redoing' the fabric, so ill put up a some pictures of the process so you can see how to destroy the backplate of your bold. My next experiment with my 400 dollar cell phone is going to be replacing the plastic track ball with a glass ball. or a metal one similar to a bb from an airgun. Ive already figured out HOW to do it, i just need to source out some glass balls now. So, if you know a guy who knows a guy... LMK

At which point i actually will probably need to go buy a new phone. And yes, i do have better things to do with my time. Seriously.

Cheers

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Old 02-10-2009, 02:43 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Oh, someone reading this may wonder "hey, i wonder how bad it could actually smell... couldnt be that bad"

Some examples:

Things which dont smell GOOD, and are in contact with your newly upholstered phone.
1) Pennies
2) Oils from your hands (Think what makes B.O., B.O.)
3) Ever by chance scratched your ***s then touched something? Perhaps your cellphone?
4) Germs and bacteria, most odors are actually caused by G&B poop (science fyi)
5) Animal fats from foods.

So, take all five of those, put them in a blender and then let it soak into the towel you use getting out of the shower, see if youre going to be drying yourself off with it. No.

Please learn from my mistakes, and the time invested into this, and just dont upholster your phone. Lets make this one a sticky, just like the fabric on my phone.

Cheerio
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Haha your posts are cracking me up! Too bad it stinks because it looks wicked nice! Very proffessionaly done! Keep up the sweet mods.
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:35 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Glad you enjoyed the post.

Ill add to the thread in a few weeks or so... Next im going to put a real pearl into a blackberry pearl.

That should be interesting.

Assuming it doesnt burst into flames, ill put up a picture.
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