I have begun my journey to create a blueberry curve. So far all I have is the battery cover. I'll keep this thread updated when I do more.
Ok, so we're generally following brooke's tutorial, with a little bit of lots of detail.
Painter's Tape(I used the blue kind, easy to remove)
Hobby Knife(like an xacto or just a regular hobby knife)
Wet/Dry sandpaper(I have grits 220, 300, 400, 600, and 2000. Only used 220, 400, 600, and 2000)
Paint(I used Krylon Fusion, with much success. It sticks awesome to plastic and paint)
A place to paint(preferably somewhere open away from stainable areas like concrete and cars)
May I note that currently we are only covering the battery cover, I have a special surprise for the antennae cover and front faceplate(stace! don't ruin the surprise!)
1)Take off the battery cover
2)Tape off the shiny blackberry camera cover part using the painters tape. Be sure to go a little over the edge and make sure there are no holes or gaps.
3)Take a pen cap or some sort of thin, semi-flexible, blunt, object so that you can mark off the edges of the tape. Now run the thin part over the tape until you find an edge, then just kinda press in the edges until you have a clear enough marking so that you know where to cut.
4)Carefully cut the edges and remove the outside tape so that the tape only covers the shiny part. (It's ok if you scratch the battery cover, just not too deep. It's the shiny part that you don't want to scratch)
5)Take a fairly large piece of 220 grit wet/dry sandpaper. Stick one piece in a cup of water and leave the other piece dry) For now, just do it dry and sand. Be sure to get close to the taped off part. Basically, as close as humanly possible. Try not to sand away the edges of the tape though. Sand dry until the clear coat(shiny part) is off. Then take the piece that's in the water and sand the titanium/gold/red paint off. You want to do this part carefully. You don't want to oversand one area and end up with some kind of divot in your paint job.
5b)[this part is optional, but recommended]Take a tack cloth and gently wipe away all sanded particles off of the battery cover. Let it dry.
6)Begin painting! You'll want to keep the can about 1.5-2 feet away from the battery cover. That way the paint doesn't run or drip, and the coats are thin. You probably want to keep the coats very thin and even. Of course, let the cover dry in between coats, so about 15-30 min in between each coat. Once your cover becomes one solid color, do about 3 fairly thick coats and then let it dry for about a day or two. After an hour and a half of putting on that last thick coat, you can stick it back on the bb, just use a tack cloth to make sure there's no loose paint particles that will go into the bb.
7)After the day or two(take the battery cover off the bb of course), take a thing of 400 grit sandpaper and wet it in the cup for about 15 minutes. Sand the battery cover until it is a nice matte, smooth finish of whatever color you painted it. Then continue to add on about 3 very thin coats of the same color. That extra sand will even out the paint job and "fix" any scratches you put on the cover with the hobby knife. Not to mention make the paint even more vibrant once you put on the extra coats.
7a)[depends on whether you want a clear coat or not] If you want the clear coat, wait another day or two and then stick a 2000 or 3000 and a 600 grit sandpaper in the cup too. Paint on about 3 thin coats of clear coat and let it dry. Then VERY LIGHTLY wet sand it with the 600 grit sandpaper. I'm talking just touching, almost no pressure at all. Let it dry, use a tack cloth to remove particles, let dry, and continue adding on coats. Put on a thin coat, let it dry, and then another light sand with the 2000/3000 grit sandpaper, followed by dry, tack cloth, and dry. Then put on just one or two more coats and give it a little buff when it's nice and dry for extra shine when you go to take pictures of your newly painted battery cover!
Tada! There's your detailed tutorial on how to paint your battery cover.
Coming Soon: Earl (and a little bit of Stace's) suprise!
I need to recoat the blue though, I messed up on the tape and left a little too much. I used Krylon Fusion color: Patriotic/Safety Blue.
Not-so-final battery cover on curve. Needs a recoat and a fine sand. Just a picture to display the paint job.
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updated pictures lower. Along with a picture of it sanded.
Last edited by BluesDrive; 03-04-2008 at 05:56 AM. Reason: added wordy tutorial
yes, it's painted. Just the battery cover so far.
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Let's see how the front comes out. Especiallly in and around the keyboard.
looks good so far, good luck with that project.
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~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~ looks nice. Hope it all comes out the way you intended.
Give a little play-by-play as you go through the steps. Always is a board fav.
I agree it looks nice.
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I tested the paint job on it last friday, via snowboarding. Tried freestyle for the first time on Friday, so I fell...A LOT. However, I decided to leave my otterbox out of the picture to really test the paint.
The paint didn't chip or dent. Not to mention it was able to handle a couple drops of water/snow without losing it's semi-gloss.
My detailed tutorial on painting your blackberry.
Good job (u)
nice can i send u my b and u can paint it for me midnight blue???
From what I remember, kryon fusion doesn't have midnight blue.
It's also best you send in a spare housing instead of the whole phone.
My detailed tutorial on painting your blackberry.