In my case, it's a Nokia 3310. The reason why I chose to paint this particular phone is because of the changeable covers. (And it is my phone. And it has Snake II on it.) If you screw up, you can buy a new cover and your phone is as good as new. That's not so easy as with a normal phone, is it?
If you got your paint, make sure it's made for plastic, and the right kind of plastic! Probably, if you're painting a phone it's a hard plastic like PC (Poly-Carbonate). Most acrylic paints are good for that type of plastic. I used spray paint for models from Tamiya.
I also recommend to use a plastic primer!
Update: I have made another cover, now with some extra awesomeness: a Thinkpad badge I bought on eBay =)
Step 1: What you'll need
- Mobile phone
- Spray paint with a nice color
- Plastic primer
- Sheet or 2 of sanding paper, at least 1 sheet has to be 400 grain or more
- Roll of tape
- Precision cutting knife
Step 2: Taking off the case
With your left you hold the Nokia and with your right you pull the cover off from the bottom.
Step 3: Time to seal the window..
Step 4: ..and other parts too
Step 5: Take a break
And throw the tape leftovers away.
Step 6: Sanding down
First rough it up with some 280 grain sandpaper, then prep it with 400 grain or that steel stuff.
Make it really smooth, because with my job it was to rough and now you can see the scratches through the paint. Doesn't matter to me, but probably does to you.
Step 8: Spraying the beautiful color(s).
One important thing: make the layers thin, otherwise you'll get a dripping effect (ugly!), or some big spots, and more chance on finger prints in the not-dry paint you thought already was dry. Like I did with the first job.
You can use different colors of paint, which will give very nice effects! Like painting it metallic gray, letting it dry and then apply a thin not covering coat of black. One of my favorit combinations.
Step 9: Taking of the tape
Plus sticking the stickers on.