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I've got some connections with a company were i can make stickers or engrave stuff. But i also have a large workplace at school were i can make almost everything

And...! Even better idea!

I'm going to try something!

I will try to remake the plastic parts on the back of the phone. I'm going to make them digital in solidworks. Then i will engrave moulds out of aluminum and fill them with liquid plastic. So i can make my own plastic parts in pretty much every color i want!

If this is going to be a succes i will put them online for sale for a very nice price I'm thinking about a modding service for phones

The school I am on is really ****ty in that, we have almost nothing here, but indeed modding is cool to do and if you can earn money with it would be great!
 
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Surprisingly, doesn't look half bad! Good photo tutorial. I'm only keen to chrome the camera lens metal rim...not so keen on taking apart and voiding my warranty though. I may try to use a sandpaper, our perhaps some paint stripper on the tip of a tooth pick. Although the process sounds a little painstaking and dangerous.

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I'm going to take it a step further.

I think polishing the device would look epic in combination with this image burned in the phone using a laser cutter





What do you guys think??
--this looks cool...personally id keep the back in black, with the laser etching, and the metal rim of the camera lens in chrome to match the original htc logo. that'd be sweet.
 
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I'm going to try something!

I will try to remake the plastic parts on the back of the phone. I'm going to make them digital in solidworks. Then i will engrave moulds out of aluminum and fill them with liquid plastic. So i can make my own plastic parts in pretty much every color i want!

If this is going to be a succes i will put them online for sale for a very nice price I'm thinking about a modding service for phones
So were you successfully? Im realy interested in your idea and your finished products. Also were do you life (country)? Because if you start to sell custom stuff would you sell them to different continents?

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wow, It actually looks great. I bet you are good with sandpapers
This definitely is not exactly for faint hearted though (a little bit wrong and then more sanding off to do)
 
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what tools did you use

an this is a great link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfato...eature=related


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It's very nice tut. But I couldn't do this, i don't want to broke my fone
 
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So were you successfully? Im realy interested in your idea and your finished products. Also were do you life (country)? Because if you start to sell custom stuff would you sell them to different continents?

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I wouldn't get too excited about him making custom covers. They all have integrated antennas. Not impossible, just more involved than making the cover.

Better suggestion, paint them. Buy a new set, sand them with a very fine grit paper, and spray them. They have great spray paint in a myriad of colors that adheres well to plastics now. Just spray very thin coats and allow to dry between. You could even lightly sand between coats with a very very fine paper for a perfect finish. Just be sure to tape off the underside of the covers to avoid painting the antenna contacts on all three covers. And try to avoid the grooves inside the bottom cover where it slides on, and around the tabs that hold the battery and flash covers on. Too much paint in the areas that engage or fit tight against the phone might prevent them from fitting properly.

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Btw the screwdriver for the 5 screws is a Torx #5 if i recall correctly
I had to take mine apart to fix power button :P
Do you have any idea if the covers śre suitable for painting? If so Im gonna make it chrome/red all the way. Even the camera lens

Did you use a electric sander or just sandpaper? Anyways awesome job!!!!

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You can sand it down by hand using very fine grit paper for metal. You could then use a cutting compound with a polishing wheel to further polish the metal. I would recommend spraying the bare metal with a clear coat to protect it from staining or marring the bare metal.
Yes you can paint the covers, read my prior post.

In the previous post you stated "even the camera lens", don't paint the camera lens. Camera won't work then. Camera bezel ring is ok to paint, just not the lens! If you paint the speaker grilles be careful to not obscure the holes in them. Very, very light coats on them. Always let paint dry between coats, or the bottom coats will NEVER dry.

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In the previous post you stated "even the camera lens", don't paint the camera lens. Camera won't work then. Camera bezel ring is ok to paint, just not the lens!
Yeah that could easily have been misunderstood
I was ofcourse talking about the bezel, i just got all excited about my new project

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