1. exiva's Avatar
    I got extremely bored with my White 521. So this is just a little something I've been working on since last night. It still needs work, but it's getting to where I want it.




    I didn't paint the case, the color is embedded in the actual case with dye. I'll write up the process if anyone's interested.
    Sarawithanh likes this.
    10-21-2013 01:03 PM
  2. montsa007's Avatar
    Now why would you paint that when there are external covers available?
    Also I don't see any differences between the 2 images?
    10-21-2013 01:04 PM
  3. exiva's Avatar
    Now why would you paint that when there are external covers available?
    Also I don't see any differences between the 2 images?
    Fixed. 521 only comes in white, there's no color cases from Nokia.
    10-21-2013 01:05 PM
  4. montsa007's Avatar
    10-21-2013 01:59 PM
  5. exiva's Avatar
    Those are all clipon cases, or rubber gel skins... not what I was after.
    10-21-2013 02:10 PM
  6. wunderhund's Avatar
    I didn't paint the case, the color is embedded in the actual case with dye. I'll write up the process if anyone's interested.
    Curious to know how you did the dye job -- would help me differentiate between the two 521's in our household.

    Cheers.
    10-21-2013 03:08 PM
  7. exiva's Avatar
    Curious to know how you did the dye job -- would help me differentiate between the two 521's in our household.

    Cheers.
    You'll need a few things.

    - Rit powdered Dye. Any color you want. According to their website you can make 500 colors by mixing them... I didn't try this.
    - A pot you or your significant other wouldn't mind possibly having destroyed, or one of those disposable cooking trays you can buy at the grocery store
    - White vinegar
    - Dish soap
    - Rubber gloves
    - Chopsticks, or skewers or something to fish it out with.

    Start by removing the foam rubber on the inside of the case. Set it aside somewhere safe, you'll want to put it back in the case. Stick it to the battery, that's fine.

    Now, wash the case to remove any oils on the case. i like dawn and a old toothbrush for this. Wear gloves while you do it, so you don't add any oils. Rinse it off and set it aside.

    Start to boil some water. Enough to cover the case, and then some. You want it to be completely submerged for an even color.

    Get your prep area ready, with either the pot of water, or pour the water into the tray. Add the packet of dye (I've heard just a teaspoon will do, but go all out.) and mix with the chopsticks.

    Add a few drops of the dish soap to break surface tension to make the case sink.

    Add vinegar, start with a half a cup and mix it. You may need more. We'll see. The vinegar acts as a mild solvent and makes the plastic permeable to take the dye. You can also use acetone, but I think that might fully dissolve the case... It's pretty thin plastic.

    Drop the case in, nokia logo side up. Push it down with the chopsticks if it won't stay down. It'll eventually stay on the bottom.

    Let the case sit, for about a half hour. fish it out with the chopsticks (I always went through the camera hole) rinse it off and see if the dye is sticking.

    If the dye rinses off, add more vinegar and repeat the process occasionally stirring the mixture.

    All total, I let mine sit overnight. Just stop when you're happy with the color.

    Tips:

    - Some will say to keep the water hot by keeping it boiling to speed up the process. Don't. Room temperature water is fine. You'll melt the buttons on the side. My volume button is kind of melted now, but still works.
    - The dye will stain things, like counter tops. so... be careful with it. Prep your area accordingly.

    My next mod to the 521 is coming later this week. This might give a clue to it.
    Last edited by exiva; 10-21-2013 at 03:57 PM.
    10-21-2013 03:36 PM
  8. squid729's Avatar
    nice work on the dye job! bought 2 521's for my parents and i agree the white back cover is boring. i used the Incipio feather cases, 1 black and 1 cyan, to tell them apart. if i get up the nads i will track down a few spare cases and try a dye job just for fun. back in the day on eBay i sold about 7000 black faced zip drives that started as beige etc and i vinyl-dyed to black, so i'm a sucker for this kind of mod. thanks for writing it up! please report back on how durable it is over time. cheers!
    10-30-2013 12:05 PM
  9. Taylor Miller3's Avatar
    How did u do that? I have the Nokia Lumia 521 and I'm not liking the white. I want a new color. Would u tell me how I can do that?
    09-30-2014 06:58 PM

Similar Threads

  1. Lumia 920 Battery % Doesn't Update Properly
    By Niavlys77 in forum Nokia Lumia 920
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 12-07-2013, 07:27 PM
  2. Help With Nokia Lumia 625
    By TheTeapot35 in forum Nokia Lumia 625
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-22-2013, 02:16 AM
  3. Magnetic pouch cases and Lumia 920
    By nohra in forum Nokia Lumia 920
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-21-2013, 06:07 PM
  4. Help With Nokia Lumia 625
    By TheTeapot35 in forum Nokia Lumia 625
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-21-2013, 12:33 PM
  5. Airtel post paid over bill with NOKIA LUMIA 720
    By Suram Seetharamaiah in forum Nokia Lumia 720
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-21-2013, 11:24 AM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD