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Old 05-03-2006, 12:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i dont post often, but i just took this pic and thought yall might be interested... its my girlfriends phone, i bought and painted it for her for our anniversary (jan 19)

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how did u get it painted?
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Oh man, my girlfriend would actually consider a Blackberry if it looked like that! Haha... nice work.
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how did u get it painted?
sanding & spraypaint, & spray clearcoat
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i dont post often, but i just took this pic and thought yall might be interested... its my girlfriends phone, i bought and painted it for her for our anniversary (jan 19)





OH, SNAP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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GAH!

I was just telling a friend of mine I wish I could paint my 8700c housing magenta! He tried to explain to me how to do it, but I know I have to try to find a tutorial. I would be afraid that it would chip off because I would not get the correct paint that would stick to plastic.

Any tips?

Man, I love that. I wish I could find a company that would be willing to do that for people, I would pay someone to do that.
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Vinyl dye is supposed to actually bond to the plastic. I say "supposed to" because my dark red vinyl dyed 7290 already has some black spots showing through -- mostly at the edges and where the plastic OEM holster typically scratches the body (which didn't matter when it was black).

I believe that Krylon has a spray paint intended for plastics.
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Very professional paint job Shrinky, good job! I gotta make sure my wife doesn't see that or I'm screwed!
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it's a STRAWBERRY!!!
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it's a STRAWBERRY!!!
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it'll mess up your insurance claim.
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Now I know I am going to have to do this for my wife...I think she would like Tiffany's blue...

I wounder if you put an invisible shield on it after the paint / dye job if it would protect the paint job from scratching off or would the skins stick to the new paint and then peel off in a sheet???

Maybe some flames for mine? Just thinking out loud...
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i dont post often, but i just took this pic and thought yall might be interested... its my girlfriends phone, i bought and painted it for her for our anniversary (jan 19)

Very nice painting!!!
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Now I know I am going to have to do this for my wife...I think she would like Tiffany's blue...

I wounder if you put an invisible shield on it after the paint / dye job if it would protect the paint job from scratching off or would the skins stick to the new paint and then peel off in a sheet???

Maybe some flames for mine? Just thinking out loud...
Very Interesting...I'm curious to see if that would happen. Wonder if the people at InvisibleSkin or BestSkinsEver would have an opinion?
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Flames would be sweet looking!!!
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the next step is glueing fake little diamonds on it to give the bling bling effect.
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Vinyl dye is supposed to actually bond to the plastic. I say "supposed to" because my dark red vinyl dyed 7290 already has some black spots showing through -- mostly at the edges and where the plastic OEM holster typically scratches the body (which didn't matter when it was black).

I believe that Krylon has a spray paint intended for plastics.

Thanks for the painting tips Takeshi, I am going to do a little bit of research when it comes to the paints, I am going to wait until housings start going for sale for the 8700 before I risk it.
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For plastics like this, if you use a decent primer (like Krylon) then most spraypaints will stick properly. Since most BB units are dark, you want to use a primer anyway, because bright colors (reds, yellows, pinks) are going to cover thinly - using a primer will allow the paint to cover more evenly without vinyl show-through.

Finally, if you use a lacquer clearcoat or oil-based urethane, you'll be in good shape and have a fairly durable finish.

If you REALLY want something durable, two-part epoxy or enamels like Imron are tough as nails for finish, but difficult and dangerous to work with. And expensive, too.
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I also wonder about the paint thickness interfering with key operation...

Maybe this could be a good retirement business...
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I have an old 5810 that I painted Opalescent (pearl) and wanted LOTS of definition between the colours, so I used MANY coats of the pearl paint. Since the 5810 has higher keys than other handhelds, this didn't interfere at all.

On a 77xx there may be an issue, because it has keys that are just a bit higher than the plastic (not much sticking above).

On a 72xx however, it's got slightly higher keys than the 77xx so as long as you don't do 800 coats of really thick paint, you should be ok.

This is a quick pic of the 5810...tried to get it so you could see the green on one edge and the purple on the other (based on tilt from the camera and angle of the sun)....but the pic was done from a cell phone so it definitely does not do it justice.

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thought you guys might appreciate this...-5810-pearl.jpg
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