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    Cool Best way to do this?
    Hey guys,

    I've seen some awesome stuff on here and was hoping for some help. I'd really like to do a blacked out iphone 3G with a white rear housing. I've managed to source the housing (dead easy on ebay) and also a matte black bezel (also on ebay). I was wondering if anyone has any leads on where I could find a black volume rocker, hold button, and ringer switch. I figured that since the headphone jack is so tiny I could do it with a sharpie or something since it probably isn't worth the trouble of replacing it.

    Any ideas, tips, or suggestions would be awesome.

    Thanks

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    Most housing kits come with the buttons and they're black plastic which will break before you know it. I presume you just ordered your stuff and are still waiting for it, am I right? If so, be very careful about the cheap (~$20), non-OEM housings because they usually don't fit perfectly and you may end up with a phone that looks like a hiPhone or worse.

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    Cool I wasn't aware that some of them shipped with black replacements, shame about the quality though. I can't really use it if it's that lousy. I did however check to make sure the seller's reviews were great and the housing with tools came out to around ~$45 CAD. Hopefully it isn't the cheap stuff. The black bezel was around $35 and I have no idea what to expect. I haven't heard of anyone on the forums using it (please correct me if I'm wrong here) so I hope it doesn't snap in half when I look at it. Any ideas where I could get a decent set of black switches though?

    Thanks again.

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    Judging by the prices you mentioned, you'll most likely get the good stuff so no need to worry. In this case though, you're also not likely to get your buttons. I suggest you carefully spray a few thin layers of black onto your original ones. I won't look as good as - say - anodized black finish but given their size and position nobody will notice.

    Be careful when assembling and watch those online videos 10 times before you start :-)

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    Haha, I've watched those videos over and over and over. I even did a few test runs just in case I was tempted to rush when the time came to beautify the phone.

    The painting idea had occured to me but I was afraid that it would wear off. I was wondering if you'd heard of VHT Nightshade? It's a plastic tinting product used on tail lights. However, since the buttons are chrome plated I don't think it would work would it?

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    Such products will barely be noticeable. In fact, they're designed to be transparent to begin with.

    If the black wears off, it wears off. No biggie. Beats a broken plastic switch, IMHO. Now, if you're OCD about it, hook them up to a battery and dip them into an anodizing cocktail for a while.

    Or, if you want pitch-black that's virtually invisible, talk to these guys: Ultra-short laser pulses turn metals pitch black - tech - 22 November 2006 - New Scientist

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