Flaking paint on torch, spray paint?
Hi guys I'm Bobby and I'm new to the forum.
I purchased a blackberry 9810 torch in this condition as it was cheap. I've spoken to phone repair shops and they said the only way to change the bezel is to also change the screen which is expensive.
My question is; could I sand down the remaining paint, mask off the rest of the phone and spray the bezel with a plastic paint, all without taking the phone apart?
Please reply, thanking you.
- 12-11-12, 10:23 AM #3
Hi, thanks for the reply
I'm scared to take the phone apart in case I break it. If I sand/spray it the worst damage would be cosmetic. I was thinking of spraying it white, but you've got me thinking that I could use a different colour now lol.
- 12-11-12, 11:27 AM #5
disasemble 9810 - YouTube
I'd read up on how to paint smooth plastic/metal without paint chipping off too - I'm sure the Internet has some info on how to do it. I wouldn't spray paint your phone masked off if I were you but I'd take the time to take it apart. Just make a plan on how you're taking it apart - don't do it willy nilly and put all screws together in one pile. Do it like surgery and make notes of each step if you have to. If you have to, use another digital camera to take photos. I've taken apart laptops hundreds of times and I tell you, my first few times I was nervous. But after you've done it a few times, I can do it in my sleep, well, much easier anyhow. I know when to use force and when not to. Just be cool and beware of ripping wires, they're thin and doing so will definitely brick your phone. I'd watch several of the videos to see where pitfalls are. It CAN be done. It will take you several hours since you're going to be cautious. But it is all doable.
Also, backup your phone's OS and all apps before disassembly in case something goes wrong so you can recover data if needed. You backup from Desktop Software and you can restore from there too. Back up your apps using something called BBSAK (BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife) http://bbsak.org/ and learn how to use it. Search Crackberry here for more info. It's powerful and you can screw up your phone if you're not careful, but again, it's all doable if you follow instructions.
Getting new painted housings off of eBay are the way to go in my opinion. Search 9810 chasis and all kinds of deals show up. Here's one for $24.93 from a USA seller with $3.99 shipping. NEW OEM Chassis SILVER Full Housing parts for Blackberry TORCH 9810 AT&T TMOBILE | eBay
Seriously, that's the way to go. Use the backup one as a side project for the future...save your time and bite the bullet.
Last edited by chaosdivine; 12-11-12 at 11:35 AM. Reason: added bit about data backup
- 12-11-12, 01:22 PM #8
Here's a really good tutorial on making a black torch to white:
Ya, I think that's over your head. Next stop for you is a Torch case which hides the blemishes...soon you'll want a BB OS 10 device anyhow. There are skins available too on eBay. Stickers basically. Might work in the short term.
Last edited by chaosdivine; 12-11-12 at 01:50 PM.
- 12-11-12, 07:39 PM #9
- 12-11-12, 09:38 PM #10
Here's my 2 cents! I agree with Mecca and with Wulf! If it were me, I'd buy a case. The AGF GRT Shell is about $10 on eBay and it is by far one of the best cases out there that will not break and covers the chips up completely and still looks good. I bought several of them as my wife's 9810 looks worse then yours and she did it all by herself (Mecca's laughing at me now-). You can do a lot of damage if you are not confident when working on phones and its not that you couldn't do it, but most would recommend that if you haven't done it before, not to try. YouTube videos make everything look easy-LOL.Painting--well that's not my thing either--but man a case was an easy answer as Wulf mentioned! Good luck!
Great replies guys, yall reading my mind about the case. I was looking at case reviews, the ag one is like £30 in the UK. Not sure ofthe exchange rate maybe like $40-45. A case is the way forward, I'm a student so no bb 10 for me anytime soon . Once again great replies everyone, I'll be using these forums regularly.
- 12-12-12, 08:48 PM #12
I and many here wouldn't hesitate to tear that puppy down. I've done it too many times to count, but I also spent years repairing hi-tech equipment.
Torch 9800/9810 Covers & Gel Skins
- 12-12-12, 09:54 PM #13
- 12-16-12, 08:23 AM #15
OK, Good News Bad News...
I almost sent you on a wild goose chase, as neither of those list 9810 as a precut option. Unique skins does have a request line, though.
Ghost Armor has skin for the 9810, has good reviews, and has several finishes and if you select carbon fiber finish there are several colors to select from.
- 12-29-12, 07:33 PM #18
Flaking paint on torch, spray paint?
Here's my disassembly video, but I only got as far as the screen because it starts to get tougher dealing with the glue there:
Sorry about the robotic voice. :-)
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04-25-13, 12:11 AM #25
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I'm restoring a BB a lot so- the BB9800/9810 the worse phone to restore from my experience . Only because of the top frame replacement . Once it produced in Mexico then LCD will be glued by double-sided 3M tape all around so the chance to break the LCD itself is every 3 from 5 for beginner adn 2 from 10 for experienced person . When I restoring BB9800 I'm already taking the cost of LCD ($10) , main menu buttons with flex ($3) and front frame panel ($8) to considerations . For sure you need to order everything from China/HK in advance otherwise you will triple your cost but I buying a lots so I always have a spare . Unfortunately there is no other alternative - no nail polish , no car touch-up paint , no spray - you need the paint to be "baked" in order to get the same look as factory paint otherwise it will look ugly and will be peeled again .
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