Rose Gold Paint Chipping off.

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  1. marcdoodoo macrumors newbie

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    My iPhone 6s+ Rose Gold's paint is constantly getting chipped off down to the bare aluminium. Is there any way to fix this? Preferably a touch up paint or something that I could purchase? I browsed the iFixit guides and found a way to replace the whole casing/housing, but its has a rather hefty price tag (80-90$ just for the housing) plus, I don't feel like messing around with it. How much would you reckon it would cost if I bring it to the apple store? Searched around for touch up paint but couldn't find any.
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    Do you have a picture? Why do you believe it's chipping? With Apple, you are looking at around $100.00 for the casing to be replaced.
     
  3. flyinmac macrumors 68040

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    The paint only sits on the surface. It's bonded. But if scraped, it can come off. It's very thin.

    Personally, I wouldn't worry about it. If your use is prone to scraping the paint, a replacement will do the same thing.

    If you're concerned about its appearance, then you could replace the case and then buy a protective cover for the phone. But if you had a protective cover, you wouldn't notice the existing scrapes anyway.

    If it were me, and if I cared, I'd probably just remove the scraped up case, and clean all it's paint off. Then prepare the cleaned surface for new paint, and go down and pick out my favorite auto body paint, get it in a spray can, re paint the case, and then apply a thick protective clear coat on the outside. And call it custom and done.

    The finished product would probably cost you $20 and maybe a few hours time investment.
     
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    If the OP wanted to retain the Rose Gold
    Color, this would likely be more difficult to match this specific color. Second, it may be a cheaper method, but certainly not an easy one, which would be time consuming. I would also be concerned with re-sale value or trade In, which would be affected. Not to mention any warranty that may or may not be affected.

    But I would be curious to see what this would look like if it was completed.
     
  5. flyinmac macrumors 68040

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    In times past, I've performed similar cosmetic treatments to electronic equipment. Salvaging something that was so cosmetically damaged that it was worthless.

    On one project, After thorough cleaning. Repairing and refurbishing it's internal electronics, and proper sanding, resurfacing, and some $10 paint, it was sold to a museum for a lot of money.

    Patience and $10 of paint can get you a long way.

    Light thin coats. And a bit of gloss clear coating goes a long way towards a glowing real gold look.

    By the time I was done, it looked like it had been forged out of polished gold bars.

    Naturally I offset it with some silver highlights for detail inlays.

    I turned a beat up old piece of $10 computer hardware into thousands of dollars with just time and $10 paint and some cleaning / replacement of approximately 50 cents worth of electrical components.

    The museum was happy with the results. I was paid after they received and inspected the finished product.

    A phone would be simple by comparison. And far less refurbishment.

    I think the results could be stunningly beautiful. And private sale would become easy for considerable money to someone who prized beauty.

    Warranty would naturally be void. But unless the OP pays Apple to perform the repair, the warranty is automatically void as soon as the device comes apart.
     
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    I commend you for having the talent to do this. I would likely botch it. I think it would be interesting seeing a completed piece in person.
     
  7. flyinmac macrumors 68040

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    I think it would be interesting to see as well.

    If you remember, a few years back there was a company that provided a similar service for Mac products.

    You could send your iMac G5 (or was it the core2duo series) and Mac portable computers to be colorized.

    They also offered the option of buying new systems that they'd already colored, with a warranty provided by themselves.

    Personally, the colors weren't to my liking. But the results looked nice.

    There is a market. But it's not huge.

    Personally, I prefer authentic metal colors. Like realistic gold and silver bar colors.

    With a gloss, they are beautiful natural colors.

    If done right, paint can look like polished precious metals.

    Apple's basic color options aren't bad. But they clearly aren't gold and silver.

    Rose gold isn't really gold color. In fact, most colors we call gold, really aren't gold colored. Just shades nearer to gold than they are to other colors.

    At the same time, if you want a nice finish, care should be taken to avoid the gawdy look that larger yellow gold jewelry pieces have. Some goes so far to appear worth the ridiculous price, that it begins to look like junk jewelry.
     

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