white evo sanding polishing painting mod
Just thought I would share pictures of what I did. I have like 10 different colors of jelly cases I use and only one of them went with the red accents on the phone. So I sanded down the camera ring to remove the red anodizing and then polished it to a mirror finish. And I painted the red plastic under the kickstands a gloss black. Looks good with my white and black back now, and looks tons better with all my cases.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE FOR TONS OF PICTURES LOL
I think it should have came like this in the first place, not everyone is a fan of red.... and if you live in Chicago you might get shot for sporting a black and red phone lololol.
Things you will need
800-2000 grit sandpapers
Olfa razor knife
Krylon Fusion Black Gloss spray paint - Must be this brand if you want it to be permanent
Headlight polishing kit from an autoparts store (not what i used, but close enough it would work exactly the same, not everyone has a polishing kit laying around like I do)
What to do
Take battery cover and battery off phone
Pry camera ring off with your fingernails, it comes off ridiculously easy
Tape off entire phone for work on the kickstand area
Use multiple layers of straight tape around the ends of the kickstand recess, rather than trying to bend or curve the tape.
Rough up the kickstand recess with 800grit to make sure the paint has something to better adhere to
Spray light coats until you are satisfied, 8 minutes between coats, 2 hrs after final coat
Cut around recess very exactly and carefully with a very sharp blade like an Olfa to make sure the paint doesn't peel when removing the tape.
Take all the tape off of the phone
After 24 hrs you may lower your kickstand, until then keep it up. the paint will feel dry way before then, but you WILL DENT IT by lowering the kickstand and keeping it down.
After the 24 hours tape off the entire phone again including the freshly painted area
Sand the kickstand and camera ring with 1500-2000grit
Make sure all of the pink and weird color under it is gone from the camera ring and all of the brushed lines are gone from the kickstand
Polish with just the foam pad and water from the headlight lens polishing kit.
It will look like glass
Polish any tiny scratches out by hand with a microfiber and some sort of polishing compound. I used novus heavy scratch remover as it is very gently and made for hard acrylics, some of which are harder than his aluminum for sure.
Ask me any questions, it is late and I might have left some stuff out lol.