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By montecristo1, Senior Member on 3rd January 2012, 01:48 AM
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Not the kind of alcohol that you drink but rubbing alcohol....

I had a plastic case on my Thunderbolt sporting with an extended battery. Nice looking. But the case kept pulling on my screen protector which kept causing it to bubble up or peel back. I had a case because my Tbolt had its housing casing with patches of its paint peeling off. Seeing my wife remove her color off her nails using alcohol, I decided to give it a try. It smoothly removed the paint off (which was glittery) to a more gunmetal paint job. Giving my Tbolt a new bold look. You can also use qtips to remove paint from curvy areas.

Happy new year!
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3rd January 2012, 02:50 PM |#2  
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Any pics?

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3rd January 2012, 04:51 PM |#3  
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my T-Bolt gets a new look thanks to alcohol right around 11pm most weeknights...
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4th January 2012, 01:11 AM |#4  
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I think I need pics to believe this one. . .
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I think I need pics to believe this one. . .

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10th January 2012, 12:30 AM |#6  
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Nice look, looks very sleek. How hard did you have to rub the alcohol in to get the silvery-gray paint off? Did you just use paper tissues?
11th January 2012, 04:22 AM |#7  
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Nice look, looks very sleek. How hard did you have to rub the alcohol in to get the silvery-gray paint off? Did you just use paper tissues?

No. Just rubbed it gently. I used cotton balls, tissue paper and qtips. Cotton balls should work just fine.
11th January 2012, 10:09 PM |#8  
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Might just have to try this myself. Not a drastic change as far as I can tell but it does look nicer.
12th January 2012, 05:39 AM |#9  
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My phone's original paint job was mostly peeled off...bought it used. I wished I would have taken pictures prior to doing this. I honestly thought it was just going to completely remove all of the paint. Anything would have looked better than they way it looked. It came with a nice gel case and for me, as long as the screen was scratched free- its what mattered more...or so I thought. I also bought a new case. But after using alcohol, it worked out better for me. Now I am happy. No need for cases.

I only suggest this if your phone's OEM paintjob is peeling off- not the battery case- just the casing.
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I like this look over the stock looking color. I think it may even blend into my dash better.
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I just tried this with some 91% alcohol and paper towels...didn't take any paint off...phone looks exactly the same.

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