DIY Dual Shot Lumia 920

DIY Lumia 920 “dual shot” attempt yields one-of-a-kind Orange Nokia phone

We’ve seen quite a few projects come from our forums and the latest is from AccentAE86, who took the concept of Nokia’s “dual shot” Lumia 620 shell design and applied it to his Lumia 920.

For those who aren’t familiar, “dual shot”, especially on the Green Lumia 620, is actually a two-layer yellow and blue shell that results in a bright green color. It’s an interesting new design language that Nokia is evidently experimenting with and something we hope to see in future devices.

On the Lumia 920, Accent AE86 uses a spare shell, which is then sanded down and spray painted with a special paint called Duplicolor Metalcast. The colored paints are “transparent” and when red is added to a yellow shell, it causes it to turn orange. Throw in some clear coats, wet polishing and a nifty how-to video and you have yourself a serious DIY project.

DIY Dual Shot Lumia 920

If you thought changing the shell the on the Lumia 920 was enough of a project, we’re not sure doing this would much of an option—it looks quite time consuming and involved. Having said that, if anyone wants to open a small business by making and reselling these for the lazy, we’re sure many of you wouldn’t be opposed.

Head to our forums for the full discussion. Thanks, Muessig, for the tip!



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ololmarc says:

holy shit this looks pretty damn sexy

aitt says:

My only concern is will bleed over time.

txaggie2016 says:

It's a possibility but I suppose that's what the clear coats are for.

The orange looks great.
But it would have looked like a dual shot color if there was yellow left around the glass display on the front. Now, it just looks like a simple orange paint.

willied says:

That's freakin' sweet. Love me some orange.

simphf says:

I can't express how much I want this. I want it even moar if I can get it in matte.

John20212 says:

Same, would be great if Nokia made orange phones as well, in EU it would go great if you are on the Orange carrier.

5tephen says:

I need this in my life

pookiewood says:

WOW!  That's actually kinda sexy looking. 

HaibaneReki says:

AccentAE86 dude, are You taking orders yet? ^_^

BK-one says:

Dang, now I want the nokia cc-1043 case in orange.

Jf.Vigor says:

This dude should take orders and do this for ppl and make loot

luiscamino says:

forget about dual shot orange. MATT YELLOW!!

rohanagarwal says:

Exactly..if it can actually look and feel awesome, I am willing to scrub my yellow 920.. :D but would want to try on a 900 or something first..or on a spare shell..if it turns out well, i'd love my phone even more.. :D

ade333 says:


MediaCastleX says:

Agent Orange Lumia 920, woo-hoo! =P

majohnny says:

take my money already!

DJCBS says:

This is cool!
But there's no way I would even THINK about opening a 600€ phone just to change colours let alone mess with the shell colours.

adrian1338 says:

People do this with 100K Cars - so why not

DJCBS says:

And? I wouldn't do this to a car either. Not to mention that, when cars are concerned, it's illegal.

willied says:

What is illegal when cars are concerned?

DJCBS says:

Modifying it. At least in Europe*. You can't modify your car without the express consent and approval of the company that produced it (Volkswagen, Mercedes, etc) for safety reasons.
And you can't repaint it without informing the authorities and taking care of the appropriate register paperwork.
Sure you can ignore all of this. But if the police stops you for any reason, you'll pay a heavy fine and/or lose your car althogether.
(*by Europe I mean the European Union which comprises almost all European countries. Should clarify this since apparently people don't really grasp it by themselves. Also...if you don't know European laws or even your countries...that's not my fault. Go get a Law Degree as I did ;) )

adrian1338 says:

lol - which europe you are living in? 

DJCBS says:

That's what's in the European laws. If your country hasn't passed laws in agreement with the European decisions, then that's between your country and the European Comission ;)

adrian1338 says:

sorry i am modifying cars in germany and england. someone from UK should even think about "strict" laws when it comes to modification

Etios says:

LOL, sucks to be at your location, better shift to some other country.

DJCBS says:

No, thanks. I prefer it that way. I don't want to drive alonside idiots who geopardize their cars safety just because they want to be hipsters and change stuff around ;)

rohanagarwal says:

You mean jeopardize..?? Which college did you get your law degree from..?? I'll keep in mind to suggest everyone to stay away from it.. :D :P

Etios says:

sissy pussies like you don't have the guts to do anything, so you just complain.

willied says:

Calling people who modify their cars hipsters? That's the dumbest thing I've heard.

I'll take freedom over some kind of fake sense of safety. You're more likely to be in a car accident just from the person's driving, not because their car is modified.

So my dad, who has been a mechanic for probably 25-plus years, is jeopardizing others when he puts new parts in his car and repaints it? This is why I'd never live in that nanny-state Eurpoean Union--people are convinced that everything is a threat, so they let the government run their lives, it seems.

RobertWest says:

In that case I'm glad the UK isn't in Europe. Oh, hold on a minute...

DJCBS says:

The UK is only in Europe geographically. I know that, you know that, everyone knows that (and if the British people are smart, it will stay that way).

greg2k says:

Wow, only in Europe geographically huh? So being an EU member state doesn't count?

willied says:

Oh, that's crazy. Here in the US we can do that stuff with no hassle.

DJCBS says:

It's because of safety reasons. Not your safety, but the safety of others on the roads.
If you paint a car, there's not that much fuss, you just need to do the paperwork with the authorities to "legalize" the change 'cause your car is registered with the government (to assert your property over it in case it gets stolen for example).
But if you do other stuff like lowering the chassis etc, then you need the consent of the factory which has to allow it and issue a paper attesting that the changes do not compromise the cars safety.

willied says:

I realize what it's for, and it's dumb.

PhreePhlyer says:

What, they don't have VINs on cars in Europe?  Why would the color matter?

HikiSpray says:

I'm not sure where in Europe you live, but, it is allowed to modify a car in Europe, like tuning, turbo converting, lowering and change colour. But to be able to drive the car legally you have to got to a (usually) governmental car inspecing agency (not sure want it's called in english) to get it inspected and approved, and if you did the work properly, it's hassle free.

Etios says:

DJCBS doesn't pay even $1 for apps and gives a paragraph full of excuse when anyone asks him to care about developers, so i don't think he will take any risk with his phone and there is no way he can own a 100k car :)

DJCBS says:

See? You lost a good opportunity to stay silent. I drive a Mercedes-Benz CLS coupé. Which I can afford precisely because I don't go around throwing money around to pointless things like "helping developers for the sake of it". Yeah, I do value my money too much for doing stupid things with it like throwing it out of the windows jeopardizing products I buy just to be "cool".
When you grow up you'll know what that's called.
Now go back to your house-van. Or your church, Father Etios.

erchiappa says:

Yeah sure sis.

rohanagarwal says: got jeopardize right this time.. :D then that was merely an dont seem to own a WP..autocorrect and all..yet you say you dont throw money at useless stuff.. :D you are a man with a chest full of paradox.. :P I dunno why I feel like picking on you.. :P just some friendly condescendense.. :))

Etios says:

Dream on, hope your 2003 Honda civic is in good condition, LOL!! 
In real life, people like you wont even get an appointment to meet me.

AccentAE86 says:

Haha, I modify almost everything I own. Warranty is a word that doesn't even register in my brain. Lol. I have all these paints, sandpapers, and polishing compounds from my race car building hobby.

dude awesome work, can u make a glosy indigo like the indigo theme on the lumia 920?

AccentAE86 says:

With all the shell and paint colour options, I would think any colour is possible. But I have no plans to make an indigo dual shot. My next project will be adding a metallic flake base to a Lumia 810 shell and then hitting it with this Metalcast red.

polomint says:

Just give me somewhere that i can get this done :) money is here ready and waiting lol :)

A little stencil work and you could have a very one of a kind Lumia 920

rohanagarwal says:

Thats a sick idea mate..good kind of sick.. :D +1

b3rni3703 says:

sexy but so freagen time consuming... you MUST HAVE to be so bored to make you do this lmao

jonathanrn says:

Drool!!!!!! I just did my black-> red conversion two nights ago and WAS really happy about it. Now, all I want is orange!!

MarkAllett says:

I don't get this. Why didn't he just spray it orange in the first place?

Jrexxx says:

Because it wouldn't have given the same effect/color.

The translucent red over the yellow plus the clear coat gives it an appearance of depth that simply painting it orange won't do.

pmich says:

learn something everyday...awesome

LaNiQuE says:

Would love to see you try cyan on top of red to make purple or if magenta on top of cyan would make an interesting purple . I know the 820 and 620 have purple shells but I haven't even seen a store that sells them.

Jrexxx says:

Got a spare white shell, going to try to make it matte using the first step. But I'm not sure if it'll strat to pick up the color off my jeans when I put it in my pocket =/

jason_tee says:

That's pretty awesome job done!

sqlchicken says:

As a Syracuse alum I'd buy this in a heartbeat

vdubskey says:

I just did the housing swap myself from black to white. It's like I just bought a brand new phone for 40 bucks. Good job on the paint tho.

improve says:


vijax21 says:

Superb.... now that's what happens if genius buys Lumia... :) its super awesome.. color possibilities are endless.. i am imagining Nokia setting up a portal with pre-defined colors like 100s of them and then they actually make to phone for you..

rohanagarwal says:

A genius buys go for the rest..if you catch my drift.. ;) :D

jfa1 says:

My college colors are orange and black. Hendrix College alum  that is really sick!

Plystre says:

Thats one fugly color! Haha.. i'd hide the phone if it had that color. :D

Harry Wild says:

I love the orange 920!  I have one yellow one and am thinking of buying another in black but I trying to be cheap and maybe risk buying one that is already locked AT&T and trying to unlock it!
Wonder how much the orange case kit is?  Anyone know?

HM02 says:

ohmygod it's so pretty.
I really want a lime green 920 though. it would be so gorgeous.

Len2K620 says:

I took my case (white) and sprayed painted it with Plati Dip... Here is a link to the forum thread I posted...
It was mostly experimental, and Plasti Dip was tricky around the camera lens (I should have removed the plate/len/led for a cleaner paint job)

Will plasti dip only stick to plastic?

KQ17 says:

This looks absolutely glorious.

Shambels says:


Nabkawe5 says:

had i've known i can matte my lumia , i would've gone for a Yellow Lumia instead of the red (although i'm most satisfied with that damn sexy color.

rohanagarwal says:

But the red one's glossy did it make things different than the yellow one..?? *confused*

aitt says:

He would chose the red out of the two glossy colors but would took yellow to matte it.

rohanagarwal says:

Huh..i guess thats fair.. :D yet, IMHO, yellow is the and yellow is a killer combination..the red on the lumia is way too dark to complement black.. :))

david90531 says:

So cool! Only WP users have creativity like that

Dave Bhullar says:

Looks sexy, but I already ordered my cyan shell

mr-mac says:

erm ok.... but why not just paint it bloomin orange????

going to trouble of that many coats and i'd want flip paint with some metallic flakes in it ;)

Rishicash says:

Add red-to-yellow-to white flames pinstripped in purple and they'll have it right!

mayur89 says:

Good Job!! :-) i think nokia should work on a prototype, where back cover changes color when the theme color is changed ... it wl b a Huge hit !! :-)

palnew says:

Awesome!! Want it

Amazing!! I'd love to have one for 720 now, please :D

stg peper says:

I am thinking of making some of these to sell. How much would you guys pay for one of these cases?

boring after 10 minutes

FC1032 says:

Lumia 920, available in:
* Camero (BumbleBee) Yellow
* Ferrari Red
And now, our newest colour yet: The lambo orange