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Old 02-01-2007, 02:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So... I was hurrying across the street yesterday and my beloved 8700 hopped out of its holster and 'slid' across the road! Ouch! I guess I've got a touch of OCD or something when it comes to my devices, because these kind of things drive me absolutly crazy.

I found where I could buy new housing for $90, but I cant say forking over 'a bill' for a strictly cosmetic issue would have a pacifing effect on me. (Sure, the scratches would be gone, but then I'm the nut who spent $90 to have them gone!)

Anyways, many a time I've taken apart something, only to break it. But, as I get older my success ratio has gone way up. So, I figured I would take it upon myself to repaint my BB myself!

When I started into this procject, I wanted to 'rough up' the current paint so the new paint would stay. In the middle of this it occurred to me... If I just remove all the paint, and it looks okay, then I would effectivly have a 'scratch proof' unit (excluding screen - which i have a trimmed HORI on).

So check it out! I think it turned out pretty good... And I tend to be a pretty tough customer. The end result was 'a black brushed satin finish'.
The beauty of it is, I can use fine sand paper to remove any future gouges! I used a 220 grain sandpaper.

UPDATE: Moved Pictures Here--------------------------
Okay, I took a bunch of shots to try to capture 'how it looks in real life' and I am pretty happy with these three...

Shows how it matches the Lenovo:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18...y/bbhouse1.jpg


Good shot of the front:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18...y/bbhouse2.jpg


Realilistic 'up close' against Lenovo background:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18...y/bbhouse3.jpg

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EDIT: Original Photo Below
In the picture below, the flash really makes the grain stand out, in real life its not quite like that. (It ends up being *very* close to the Lenovo finish on the ThinkPads.)

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18...bb-housing.jpg


What do you all think? Cool, not cool?

PS - Yes, I considered painting it gold metallic!

UPDATE - ADDED THE GUIDE AS MS WORD DOC - ATTACHED
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Old 02-01-2007, 02:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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got anymore clearer pics?

I like the idea.

I suffer from the same problem as you, everything has to be brand new looking and un-damaged/scratched
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looks good! when my bb takes a fall (hopefully it wont) i'll have to give this a shot. can we get a close up picture? use the macro function on your camera.
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Yes, I will get a better photo up soon. Ill photo it next to the Lenovo too so you can see how similar they look.


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Looks awesome. I want to give this a shot, as my 8700c has tons of scuffs!

Did you just use sandpaper? What grit? Hand sander/block or electronic?
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Okay, I took a bunch of shots to try to capture 'how it looks in real life' and I am pretty happy with these three...

EDIT: Moved Photos To Top Of Thread

My cam is 6 megapixels, and some of the 'more up close' ones, especially with the flash, didnt represent it well. These pix are about as good as I can get.

Thanks you guys for the positive comments on it. I'm glad to hear it, I've shown a few people here at work, and they cant even tell its 'not stock'. (Them non-techie-geeks who dont realize a Cingular 8700 BB wouldnt come in anything but silver!)

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Looks awesome. I want to give this a shot, as my 8700c has tons of scuffs!

Did you just use sandpaper? What grit? Hand sander/block or electronic?

Yeah, I used a 220 grit sandpaper, did it by hand. I was tempted to bust out the Dremel, but then decided against it. I will write up a little 'guide' based on my experience. (I started with a 'how to disassemble your 8700 that I found linked to here, but it didnt go so far as 'removing the micropohone' and other things like that.) Since I have to finish up work it will be tommorrow.

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would you be willing to make another one, I would be interested in purchasing one from you
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sweet stuff!!!
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I have considered painting my BB, never had the guts to try it yet though, I just don't know how well it would turn out.

Your sandpaper job looks really good. I have the 8700g and I think it might look cool with the scuffed up blue color. I may give it a try.

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So... I was hurrying across the street yesterday and my beloved 8700 hopped out of its holster and 'slid' across the road! Ouch! I guess I've got a touch of OCD or something when it comes to my devices, because these kind of things drive me absolutly crazy.

I found where I could buy new housing for $90, but I cant say forking over 'a bill' for a strictly cosmetic issue would have a pacifing effect on me. (Sure, the scratches would be gone, but then I'm the nut who spent $90 to have them gone!)

Anyways, many a time I've taken apart something, only to break it. But, as I get older my success ratio has gone way up. So, I figured I would take it upon myself to repaint my BB myself!

When I started into this procject, I wanted to 'rough up' the current paint so the new paint would stay. In the middle of this it occurred to me... If I just remove all the paint, and it looks okay, then I would effectivly have a 'scratch proof' unit (excluding screen - which i have a trimmed HORI on).

So check it out! I think it turned out pretty good... And I tend to be a pretty tough customer. The end result was 'a black brushed satin finish'. In the picture below, the flash really makes the grain stand out, in real life its not quite like that. (It ends up being *very* close to the Lenovo finish on the ThinkPads.)
The beauty of it is, I can use fine sand paper to remove any future gouges! I used a 220 grain sandpaper.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18...bb-housing.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18...bb-housing.jpg

What do you all think? Cool, not cool?

PS - Yes, I considered painting it gold metallic!
90 dollers for housing is u nuts what crack site is u looking on lol. no i mea serious i have the 8700c from cingular and i got the housing from e bay the silver one from the 8707 ran me 29.99 full housing including the front cover back cover and speaker and lens. dont get me wrong yours looks good but could have saved u some hard work just get the new housing oh well its all good
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90 dollers for housing is u nuts what crack site is u looking on lol. no i mea serious i have the 8700c from cingular and i got the housing from e bay the silver one from the 8707 ran me 29.99 full housing including the front cover back cover and speaker and lens. dont get me wrong yours looks good but could have saved u some hard work just get the new housing oh well its all good
Yes, 3rd party housings are available for considerably less cost than OEM housings. OEM housings only come from 2 or 3 sources and are very expensive.

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Very nice. Based on this pst, I bet some1 will come out with a "brushed" black 3rd party housing.
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90 dollers for housing is u nuts what crack site is u looking on lol. no i mea serious i have the 8700c from cingular and i got the housing from e bay the silver one from the 8707 ran me 29.99 full housing including the front cover back cover and speaker and lens. dont get me wrong yours looks good but could have saved u some hard work just get the new housing oh well its all good
Except that a new housing would have painted/dyed plastic which would really show scratches (one of the OP's concerns).
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would you be willing to make another one, I would be interested in purchasing one from you
thanks for the compliment! I will PM you about this, and also want to detail some of the risks involved... I'd love to help out people that want these, but it took about 4 1/2 hours, and there is considerable risk (as in if I broke your BB then it becomes a miserable situation). More in your PM!
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I have considered painting my BB, never had the guts to try it yet though, I just don't know how well it would turn out.

Your sandpaper job looks really good. I have the 8700g and I think it might look cool with the scuffed up blue color. I may give it a try.

Thanks for the idea.
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Yeah, I am still curious how it would have turned out had I actually chose to paint it gold metallic! ;) LOL

In regards to getting a blue scuff, keep in mind my phone was silver before I started, and at the end (so how it looks now) I think turned out so good because its basically down to the plastic now - no paint on it. I could see where a *super fine* grit may allow you to get a blue scuff (by scuffing existing blue paint), but I would definatly try the sandpaper on some other 'painted blue plastic' thing to make sure you can get the results you want first.
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90 dollers for housing is u nuts what crack site is u looking on lol. no i mea serious i have the 8700c from cingular and i got the housing from e bay the silver one from the 8707 ran me 29.99 full housing including the front cover back cover and speaker and lens. dont get me wrong yours looks good but could have saved u some hard work just get the new housing oh well its all good
LOL! I know, thats what I wanted to say to the site selling it! (At work, though a corp plan we can get these phones $199! (Mine is my personal one though.)) Those were OEM too though.

I hadnt considered using another carriers housing. Before I started this project I would have been all over the $30 tag, but now Im glad I've got a 'worry free' unit.
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Very nice. Based on this pst, I bet some1 will come out with a "brushed" black 3rd party housing.
Thank you!

Yes, after I got this all done, and back together, and especially sitting next to the Lenovo, I really have to wonder why companies, especially cell phone companies, dont have some similar housing availble at retail. (As in, 'just plastic, not painted'.) Literally, they could even include, or make separate, a little sand-paper sheet and call it a scuff eraser, or something. (Ha, I guess then someone would use it on the screen and scratch it all to heck!)

The funny thing about it compared to the Lenovo is that they actually use a paint to get that satin look! They have slight little sparkles in theirs, so I guess thats why...

All I know is, if I could buy future 'high-priced portable electronics' in this 'worry free housing' I would ALWAYS choose to do so. I hate having to keep such a close eye on all my stuff. (You know, get the Logitec case for the PSP, never put my phone in my pocke with my keys, and so on....)

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does it feel rough at all? i think this will make me brave enough to use the oem holster (i love how slim the profile is) instead of my seidio holster w/ silicon case.
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does it feel rough at all? i think this will make me brave enough to use the oem holster (i love how slim the profile is) instead of my seidio holster w/ silicon case.
No, its very smooth. Feels very close to the OEM holster actually. :D
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