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[TUTORIAL] Pimp your Desire HD!

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Hey guys,

I've seen the chromed Desire HD on the XDA front page and thought it was totally awesome. So i did it with my own phone too, but i wanted something extra, so i've also painted some stuff.

And maybe some more people want to do it but don't know how.. That's the reason i've made this short tutorial

And also post your own results in this topic

Let's start the pimping:

First up is removing this little sticker and pull out the volume button thingy with some tweezers or a small screwdriver

The next step is removing the GPS antenna. This is the small rubber piece that also holds the plastic glass for the dual LED's.
This is a hard piece to remove and i don't have pictures of this procedure. But i think the best way is to carefully open/push away the 8 plastic pins on the sides of the rubber with a sharp stanley knife. I started at the top and went round the entire think. Slowly it will pop out of the body.

Then you have to remove 5 screws with a small skrewdriver thing. I tried some of mine until one fitted. Don't know witch size it is exactly.

After you've removed the 5 screws you can carefully remove the body from the phone. You have to tilt it a little bit because the light sensor (the most right dot at the side of the speaker grill) is a little bit sunk into the body.

The next step is to remove all the small little pieces from the aluminium piece.
The camera cover has 4 little metal taps that you have to fold a little bit to the inside, then it will fall out of the body.
The other 3 things are easily to remove, their held in place with some double sticky tape stuff.

Now it's time to sand the thing until you've got the result you want. I didn't want to have it really shiny so i stopped when i got a nice brushed look. But if you want to have it shine you just have to keep sanding (up to grid 2500).
I've started with a sandpaper with grid size 200. After all the paint was gone i've wet sanded with 400 and after that 800. These are my results:

When i was sanding i noticed the HTC logo letters were falling out :P
I removed them. After the sanding I've painted them black with a very fluid paint so it will fill up the gap nicely. The excess paint you can easily sand away with grid 800.

In the meantime when the paint had to dry i roughened up the surface of the small pieces and prepared them fore a paint job.

After two layers of standard spray paint (color mat traffic red) i noticed i didn't like the red speaker grill. It was just ugly. So i've sanded the paint off of the piece and painted it black

The next step would be to glue the small pieces back on the body. I don't know exactly what glue it was. But it's glue that is pretty fluid and dries up pretty quickly. The English translation would be 'secondglue' :P but i don't know that's the right description ^^

Have fun modding your Desire HD and show me your results

Regards, Bas
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7th October 2011, 07:56 PM |#2  
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wow very nice!!
but if ill do it, i know ill kill my phone :P
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8th October 2011, 08:01 AM |#3  
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Mind blowing dude..... But you should upload more pics of the finished work....

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8th October 2011, 09:08 AM |#4  
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W0W! This will take my phone to a whole another level, I Will be doing this very very soon, next month,
8th October 2011, 05:15 PM |#5  
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so wickedly nice!!!
hope i got the guts to do this....

kinda curious how you remove the LEDs?
8th October 2011, 05:54 PM |#6  
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What led's do you mean?

And i'll shoot some pictures now
8th October 2011, 07:13 PM |#7  
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New pics are online! Check first post
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8th October 2011, 07:44 PM |#8  
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nice mods. thanks for good work. keep going
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8th October 2011, 07:47 PM |#9  
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Extremely cool - looks like it would suit the HTC Beats by Dreā„¢ line perfectly.
8th October 2011, 08:54 PM |#10  
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wow, looks great, nice work man!
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How did you paint the small parts. I means what type of paint.

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