Touch-Up Paint for Jet Black iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by NJRonbo, Oct 2, 2016.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Got a nice little scratch on the side of my iPhone 7 Plus.

    Black magic marker only temporarily covered it up, but eventually wore out.

    Is there a brush-on paint for metallic surfaces that you would recommend?

    Thank you in advance
  2. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2013
    I wonder if black nail polish would work? Whatever the case, you have my sympathy and respect for rocking the "Fabergé egg" of iPhone finishes. ;)
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    If you use touch up paint for your iPhone, it will hurt the value if you re-sell it. No one wants an iPhone with paint on it. If it scratches, so be it. Others may not mind the scratches versus paint. It's an iPhone, not a car.
  4. McPhallus macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2011
    Might be worth trying automotive touch up paint. It will have built-in clear coat and would be very durable.
  5. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    This was the hot item back with the iPhone 5 and Scuffgate.

    Birchwood Casey Super Black Touchup Pen. You can get one online for around $5-9. Keep in mind that it's actual PAINT, not ink or anything like that.

  6. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Thanks for the tips on the various paints. Not particularly worried about the resale value.

    I can sell it on Gazelle, and I would only lose $50 for a touched-up painted iPhone.
  7. longpath macrumors member


    Apr 21, 2003
    I'm considering BW Casey Aluminum Black Touch-Up 3 oz for much the same purpose, as I learned the hard way that the finish on my 7 got trashed while inside a minimalist case (prefer not to say what brand, embarrassed enough as it is).

  8. SDColorado macrumors 68020


    Nov 6, 2011
    Highlands Ranch, CO

    I have used this on black anodized aluminum parts in the past. Not sure how it will work on the iPhone, but worth a shot. The good thing, if it does work, is that it’s not paint and won’t just chip off or expand.
  9. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2017
    Automotive paint supply stores can custom match any color you want.. If you don’t mind it not looking perfect, you’re good to go

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