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indierthanthou
Dec 12, 2007, 12:26 AM
Tired of that plain old white face? Want to spice up your iPod? I did, and since I had to disassemble it to replace the screen, I thought, “why not paint it?” This will be a step by step tutorial on my method of painting an iPod. This is for the iPod 4g photo, your iPod might be different. If you mess it up, I’m not buying you a new one.

1. Disassemble your iPod. I won’t go into detail on how to do this, as there are plenty of instructions available on the internet. If you want to paint the center button, you will probably have to remove and disassemble the click wheel. On the front plate of the iPod, you will see a metal plate. GENTLY pry this off. Be careful when removing this, as there is a ribbon cable underneath. Then take apart the click wheel, I followed this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzzsOP9qc2g

2. Mask off the clear plastic screen. I also masked the inside of it, so overspray wouldn’t cover it.
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x55/indierthanthou/SP_A0416.jpg

3. Prime the face plate and button. I used rust-oleum primer, because that’s what was in my dad's garage. That’s also why I chose the sparkle blue gm paint, from his old (now wrecked) sierra.
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x55/indierthanthou/SP_A0417.jpg

4. Once the primer dries, paint the iPod. I used this stuff from dupli-color.
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x55/indierthanthou/SP_A0419.jpg
That lid was a PAIN to get off!
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x55/indierthanthou/SP_A0420.jpg
Finished paint
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x55/indierthanthou/SP_A0421.jpg

5. Recoat if necessary. I used 2 coats of paint.

6. *optional* I sprayed a layer of clear coat on, not sure if it will make a difference. I also noticed that most of the scratches (except for the ones that I made when I was cutting the masking tape) were gone. The screen is still scuffed, does anyone know what I can use to clean them up?

7. After clear coat dries, remove masking tape, reassemble iPod, and enjoy your new color!
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x55/indierthanthou/noname.jpg



tony998
Dec 12, 2007, 08:19 AM
It's really COOL!

Le Big Mac
Dec 12, 2007, 08:26 AM
Not free, but Colorware does this as well (http://www.colorwarepc.com/p-109-ipod-classic.aspx)

tony998
Dec 12, 2007, 08:28 AM
Not free, but Colorware does this as well (http://www.colorwarepc.com/p-109-ipod-classic.aspx)

It's good too. But do it your self has more fun and can make a really different iPod.

JSchwage
Dec 12, 2007, 08:29 AM
Looks really nice! I probably wouldn't be brave enough to do such a task myself. I'd like to see how well the paint holds up in daily use though.

bill-gates
Dec 12, 2007, 08:55 AM
so what type of paint do i use?:confused:

indierthanthou
Dec 12, 2007, 04:13 PM
I just used dupli color auto paint, it was in my dad's garage, touch up paint from the old sierra he wrecked. I am sure there is a better paint to use, the reason I used what I did was because it was convenient and free, and I liked the look.

ezekielrage_99
Dec 12, 2007, 05:17 PM
I prefer these skins (http://www.audiocubes.com/category/Lifestyle_Cases+and+Skins.html), but still a nice idea for a mod.

MattyMac
Dec 12, 2007, 05:40 PM
I don't want to sound rude in the least bit, but...the title of this thread along with the pics just makes me cringe:mad:

Don't get me wrong, it looks pretty good, but I would never do something like this. I just feel that it ruins any resale value or worth of the iPod in general.

But if it makes you happy then it is 100% worth it! I just felt like posting my personal honest opinion. You did do a very good job though...I'll give you that!

indierthanthou
Dec 12, 2007, 07:25 PM
I agree that it would harm the resale value...but so would having a broken screen, would it not? I mean, it's a 4g photo, when new 30gb ipods are available for $250, how much is the 20gb photo worth anyways? I wouldn't have done it had the screen not been damaged in the first place.

I don't mean to sound argumentative or defensive, and I appreciate your commendations and opinion

MattyMac
Dec 12, 2007, 08:01 PM
Hey I didn't know the screen was broke. In that case it's a whole other story...paint away! It looks good!

I agree that it would harm the resale value...but so would having a broken screen, would it not? I mean, it's a 4g photo, when new 30gb ipods are available for $250, how much is the 20gb photo worth anyways? I wouldn't have done it had the screen not been damaged in the first place.

I don't mean to sound argumentative or defensive, and I appreciate your commendations and opinion

GSMiller
Dec 12, 2007, 08:47 PM
Well since you painted it with auto paint maybe you could try some rubbing compound for automobiles to fix the scratched screen. Might I recommend Meguiar's Scratch X (http://www.meguiars.com/?auto-paint-cleaners/ScratchX), it works really good on my car ;)