The many variants of the widely released and popular Touch Pro2 have the same innards, but they all have different exterior styles. Regarding their battery cover colors, the unlocked Touch Pro2 is silver, Sprint’s is gunmetal gray with bright orange accents, Verizon’s is gray with a map of the world and T-Mobile’s is mocha flavored. The AT&T Tilt 2 seems to be the only Touch Pro2 variant sporting a black backing.
Even though most are satisfied in the user experience department, many people have expressed envy for one particular battery cover over another. This could obviously be linked to specific designs around the speaker grill, but it can also be due to distaste for the random color schemes selected by certain carriers. I have to admit, brown and orange are pretty strange color choices for these high end devices.
It’s hard to go wrong with a black finish when dealing with electronics, which is why some users are getting down and dirty by dyeing their Touch Pro2 battery covers to black (pictured below for Verizon and Sprint TP2). The process, which involves an inexpensive dye kit and a pot of hot water, seems harmless enough and the results look fantastic. Read on to see a video tutorial on dyeing the Touch Pro2 battery cover.
As previously mentioned, Verizon and Sprint TP2 users (PPCGeeks links) have taken it upon themselves to alter their battery covers. Using RIT dye (under $3) and some hot water, they were able to give their Touch Pro2s a more traditional look. The process takes about ten minutes and users seem to be quite happy. They claim that the dye doesn’t rub off once applied and you don’t have to worry about discoloring the camera and mute button areas because the dye doesn’t stick there. On the Sprint variant, the user was able to get rid of the orange accents. The Verizon Touch Pro2 has a mismatched back and front, so dyeing the back to black makes a lot of sense. Many users have watched the end result from afar; but now that there’s a video tutorial, I have a feeling many more will attempt to dye their devices. We always warn to proceed with caution when customizing anything, of course.
In theory, you should be able to apply other colors from RIT, though black seems to be the favorite. Since it works on the Touch Pro2, and because users of the Touch Pro and Diamond have dyed their backs in the past, users of many other HTC devices should be able to dye their back covers as well. It’s interesting that users not only want to customize what’s behind the screen, but also the outside of their devices. If only HTC, with cooperation from carriers, let you customize Windows Phones like they do the Android driven HTC Tattoo…
Note: although there seems to be a high level of satisfaction from users who take on such a task, we still recommend that you acquire a spare battery cover before attempting to dye anything.