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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 1:20 pm    Post subject: Has anyone ever.... Reply with quote

Has anyone ever painted their iPod?
I'm strongly thinking of painting my iPod mini black and I was wondering if any of you had any experience in painting iPods so that I could get some tips.
At the same time I'm giving it an 8GB card, replacing the top and bottom bevels, the scroll wheel and the battery!

My plan of action is to do the best I can at sanding it down, with about 280 wet grit paper. I'm going to try inside but I'm not sure this will work...
Then give it a couple of coats from a spray can. Let it dry for 2 days, spray it again. And that's about it. I may get some adhesive paper and cut out the apple in it, and then spray that on through the template doing a few coats.

What do you think? I'll post a guide when done (if I remember to take pictures).

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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a fun project. What type of paint are you going to use? I think a plastic bond enamel is going to be needed or the paint is going to scratch off easily. You may even need some sord of plasitc bond primer.
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

many people paint the white ones(non mini). the ones with the acrylic cases I mean. other than that I have never heard or painted a mini.

Im actually not sure it will work since the mini's color is annodized onto the metal itself. I dont think it will stick
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot that he was talking about the mini, not the nano. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah it's a mini. I'm going to sand it first, then spray paint it with black, though I'm not sure what kind yet because, honestly, I don't know much about paint. With the anodised thing, it's worked for other people, basically you scratch the anodised thing off a bit to give the paint something to grip onto. It will work!!

I haven't seen many people paint either really.
My plans for upgrading the hard drive to 8GB have gone down the drain because the cards are ridiculously expensive.
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you cant scratch off just the paint because technically there isnt any paint on the mini. Its "fused" for a lack of a better word on the metal. so what you are really doing is sanding off metal. That will be hard and take a long time with your hands so I suggest some type of drill with a sandpaper attachment.
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh sorry, you know more than I do haha! Well I don't have a drill like that so I'm going for the hard work. What would sand-blasting do? Coz oddly enough, I have a sandblaster.
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Oh sorry, you know more than I do haha! Well I don't have a drill like that so I'm going for the hard work. What would sand-blasting do? Coz oddly enough, I have a sandblaster.

sand blasting shoots sand particles at high speed causing the metal to become smooth, change shape, or be cleaned so it might work but it might not.
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, is it likely to clear of the anodising?
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hmm, is it likely to clear of the anodising?

anything that takes off enough metal will clear off anodizing. The only question is how much metal is needed to take off.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

paint it with Montana
graff paint sticks to anything, and it comes in wicked colours

don't do black, black is lame
if you're gonna paint it, go nuts
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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paint it with Montana
graff paint sticks to anything, and it comes in wicked colours

don't do black, black is lame
if you're gonna paint it, go nuts

you recomended graffiti paint, not going to stick to anodized metal. it has a different texture than raw metal
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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dirtychinchilla wrote:
Hmm, is it likely to clear of the anodising?

anything that takes off enough metal will clear off anodizing. The only question is how much metal is needed to take off.


Ok then, well what I'm likely to do is sandblast it to get some of the anodising off, but not all of it. Then use about a 280 grit paper to make it slightly rough again. Then use a primer, then the first coat, of black, maybe another, then a clear coat or 2 on top to prevent scratches.
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dirtychinchilla wrote:
heavy_nutz wrote:
dirtychinchilla wrote:
Hmm, is it likely to clear of the anodising?

anything that takes off enough metal will clear off anodizing. The only question is how much metal is needed to take off.


Ok then, well what I'm likely to do is sandblast it to get some of the anodising off, but not all of it. Then use about a 280 grit paper to make it slightly rough again. Then use a primer, then the first coat, of black, maybe another, then a clear coat or 2 on top to prevent scratches.

Yea that sounds like a good idea. let me know how it goes and post some pics!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

heavy_nutz wrote:
ArsenicPants wrote:
paint it with Montana
graff paint sticks to anything, and it comes in wicked colours

don't do black, black is lame
if you're gonna paint it, go nuts

you recomended graffiti paint, not going to stick to anodized metal. it has a different texture than raw metal


fair enough

just don't paint it black Wink
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