I have a basic prepaid cellphone. (Not a smart phone). It's black, and
I'm constantly misplacing it, especially in the car. If it was a
brighter color, it would be easier to find. It's a flip phone, so I
cant put a case on it because it would be too much trouble to constantly
remove from the case, when I get calls.
I wont attempt to paint the phone itself because that might get inside
the electronics and damage it, but I can take off the rear panel (over
the battery), and paint that since it's just a plastic cover.
I'd like to to paint it a bright color (like blaze orange), and use a
durable oil based spray paint, such as "Rust Oleum". My concern is that
the paint might melt the plastic, since it probably contains laquer. I
dont know what type of plastic is used for cellphones?
Does anyone know if this is safe, (Wont harm the plastic)?
Otherwise, I'll probably just put some strips of colored electrical tape
on it, but I'm sure they will come off in a short time.
It's too bad they dont make those basic phones in colors like they do
with the smart phones.
On 12/28/2014 5:57 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Either Rustoleum or one of the other MAJOR brands makes a paint that
works on ALL plastics. If you're paranoid, just spray some on a cotton
swab (Q-Tip) and dab it on the inside of the battery cover and then
wipe. If it crazes the finish you have your answer. If not, you have
On 12/28/2014 7:08 PM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:
That would be my choice.
If you're paranoid, just spray some on a cotton
Or wipe the inside of the case with nail polish remover. It has acetone
and will melt styrene plastics.
First choice is a case on my belt that is easily accessible sitting,
standing, driving, etc. I don't want to have to look for a ringing
phone in the car. Oh, I don't have to, I just push a button on the
steering wheel to answer it. Much safer.
I'll look for that paint. Sounds like the solution.
I have a belt case, which is fine when I'm working outdoors or even
around the house, but having it on my belt in the car would be near
impossible to get to, especially in cold weather when I am wearing a
thick winter coat, being held down by my seat belt. I'd likely have to
unclick the seat belt and unzip my coat.
I dont normally make calls when I'm driving, but I may answer it if I'm
expecting an important call. Even then, I usually pull over if the call
involved more than a few sentences, unless I'm on some country gravel
road and not dealing with traffic.
There is a small compartment on my dashboard in my pickup truck, made
for pens and small items. I usually put my phone in there, but it tends
to fall on the floor at times. A black phone, black floormat, and after
dark, all I have is the fairly dim domelight. Or tyhe phone ends up on
the seat, which is often covered with paper and hand tools and whatever
else, because pickup trucks lack a useful place to put stuff.
That's not a bad idea at all. It's made for plastic, and I could even
paint a few stripes on the front cover, (using a small brush) without
getting it into the clear window or the switches/buttons on the edge.
On Sun, 28 Dec 2014 20:44:48 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
While you're at the hobby shop, buy some Ambroid Cement. This has
nothing to with your phone, but hobby shops are the only places that
sell Ambroid Cement and it's a great glue. Sticks to most things,
dries quickly, but not so strong that you can't break, pry, or cut it
apart when you need to.
On Sun, 28 Dec 2014 19:51:53 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
It is illegal ( here in Ontario and most places) to have the phone in
your hand when driving anyway - you need a new phone that supports
Blue-Tooth, with a bluetooth hands-free unit. That way you can keep
the phone on your belt and answer it with a touch of the button on
the BTHF unit.
My cellphone has been on my belt for over 8 years - with BT for the
last 4 or 5. The cab on a standard cab Ranger is snug, but still has
lots of places to lose a blackberry ( or any other handheld device)
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