Intro: Paint Your Mobile Phone: Updated
So this is my Instructable of painting your mobile phone!
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
What you'll need for this is a:
- 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
By pushing that thingy in with your left thumb, and pushing with your right thumb the cover you'll take it off.
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..
Now it's time to seal the parts you don't want to paint. Obviously that's at least the window, otherwise you can't see through it!
Step 4: ..and Other Parts Too
Now the window is done, I'm going to tape that white part to keep the original color.
Step 5: Take a Break
don't have a KitKat, but something like relaxing tea, it's sometimes nerve-wrecking all that precise cutting and not wanting to screw it up just because you were to lazy to buy a precision knife. (That's a hint, I'll show you why at the end.)
And throw the tape leftovers away.
Step 6: Sanding Down
Now we can go sand it! This makes the primer and thus the paint stick better to the plastic.
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 7: Applying Primer Coat
Just spray one thin coat of primer, that should be enough.
Step 8: Spraying the Beautiful Color(s).
Now that all is done, we'll paint the color we want it! Everything is possible, pink, blue, black, gold etc etc.
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
Let's get rid of that ugly tape, and see what the results are!
Plus sticking the stickers on.
Step 10: Putting It Back Together
And now we put back the phone together and look with aw to the lovely result!
So, let me know what you think about it, what can be improved and show me your results!