I Spray Painted My iPhone 4

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by AbSoluTc, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. AbSoluTc macrumors 68040

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    The title is true. My iPhone 4 of course has the "don't touch here spot" that will drop a call in low signal areas and will make a couple bars vanish in greater signal areas. So, after reading threads on this issue when it was first noted after release and getting some ideas, I decided to try something.

    The spot is skin/moisture/body activated because it grounds the two antennas. So, I decided to put something more permanent on the phone that would prevent that. A barrier OTHER THAN a case/bumper/tape or other crap. After some thinking, I grabbed my painters tape and taped up the "sweet spot" on the phone. I carefully did the front and back glass edges only leaving exposed the steel band. I taped just before the bottom speaker and about and inch up from the black seam. I cut a hole in a zip lock bag just enough for the exposed area to stick out and then I taped the bag around the rest of the phone to protect it. The only area exposed and being painted is now ready.

    I shook up my clear, satin spray lacquer and away I went. I put on a total of 6 coats. I let it dry for about 5 minutes and removed all the tape. I let it dry even more over night (this was yesterday).

    The results? It seems to help, quite a bit. The bar drop is not as dramatic as before. Testing is still taking place to see how long it will last and if the improvements justify the work. You can't tell it's on there unless you specifically look for it. Works for me :)

    I know some might think I am crazy but where would we be in this world if people didn't try crazy things? :D I just wanted to see if it really helped honestly. That's all.
     

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  2. yayitsezekiel macrumors 6502a

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  3. UCLAKoolman macrumors 6502a

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    Any pictures? Curious to see how it turned out.
     
  4. StuddedLeather macrumors 6502a

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    This!
     
  5. kels0119 macrumors member

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    I'm curious as to how long it will be before it starts to wear off (or flake) by handling and what not. Keep us updated!!
     
  6. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed, show the phone!
     
  7. AbSoluTc thread starter macrumors 68040

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    You all are a demanding bunch! Lol. I will see if I can take a pic. Hold please..
     
  8. Alxvasqz12 macrumors member

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    well you knew it was coming. with a title like that .
     
  9. StuddedLeather macrumors 6502a

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    The reason I opened!!!

    Lol we'll wait :)
     
  10. parker770 macrumors member

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    Good thinking on the OP's part. With all the talk of possible coatings, etc. that could be applied to the antenna, a clear lacquer is certainly along the lines of what I had in mind.

    I look forward to seeing pics and also how well it holds up to use.

    Hell, you may have started a new "mod"!:D
     
  11. AbSoluTc thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Added to the first post.

    The little areas where some finish is missing is due to me pulling off the tape while it was still soft. It took a couple of small areas with it.

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  12. p-rice macrumors regular

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    Hardcore. I'd just put tape and be done with it. :D
     
  13. michaelz macrumors regular

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    That is exact what OP did, he taped it.
     
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    Kudos... THAT's thinking outside the box... Good Job... :D

    ... now we'll see how long it lasts....
     
  16. AbSoluTc thread starter macrumors 68040

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    That's not tape. :)
     
  17. Alxvasqz12 macrumors member

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    let us know how that works out .

    re-read your post thats great ! my phone hasn't dropped a call yet so dont need this fix. may work for others though. good job +1000 for creativity lol
     
  18. camomac macrumors 6502a

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    you would think something this simple is something apple could figure out...
    good job.
     
  19. Surely Guest

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    I would assume this voids your warranty?

    Let us know if it provides consistent improvement over time.

    It's too bad you didn't video a few demos of your iPhone losing bars prior to the paint-job, and then videoing it again in the same locations not losing bars (if it works).

    Gutsy experiment.....
     
  20. AbSoluTc thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks all for the kind words :)

    I will let everyone know how it turns out. I think it should last quite a while under "normal conditions". There is a chance it will peel over time as painting a smooth surface without roughing it up first, will not allow the paint to permanently adhere. With that said, it seems to be on there for now. We shall see how it goes. :)


    Yeah, I should have however it wouldn't have made much difference honestly. I live in an area of "good" signal outside my house. Inside I get 1 bar and under. With such a weak signal to begin with, just holding the phone, not even touching that area - interferes with the reception. I have been playing with it in "great" signal areas and I am not sure as of yet. It seems improved but I don't know if that's just my mind playing games on me. That's why I am going to keep an eye on it in the next few weeks to see for sure.
     
  21. parker770 macrumors member

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    Hmmm....

    You should have let the ***** dry!:p

    In all honesty, though, if I were going to attempt this, I would think about trying to remove the antenna and then spray the whole thing, so that it would have a uniform finish.

    At that point of disassembly, it may be worth it to look into other, more permanent coating options(ie ceramic) It would really matter if the antenna components could deal with the heat that such a process requires, as it appears the "strip" that separates the two antennae is plastic.

    Unless you could separate each stainless antenna by itself, then you could just coat them separately and reassemble. :cool:
     
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  23. Andrew K. macrumors 65816

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    Why didn't you just Lacquer the black strip??? Tape it off like crazy. I think I may do that.
     
  24. Surely Guest

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    Why don't you get a MicroCell if your reception at home is so bad? That's what I did, and now I get 5 bars and clear calls everywhere at home. AT&T gave me one for free..... and I didn't even have to use spray paint. ;)
     
  25. MicroApple macrumors regular

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    If you were ready to put some sort of paint on your iPhone why didn't you choose something clear (nail polish something that Gizmodo talked about)?
     

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