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[DIY] Rubberized soft touch battery door

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20th December 2010, 08:58 PM   |  #1  
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I love my Nexus S. Yes, the build quality is plastic, yet anything but cheap. I've seen a lot of compliments on the slick back cover (battery door). However, it's not to my taste. I find it to be overly reflective, a fingerprint magnet, and slippery to the point where I would drop my phone if it were not for the reverse chin.

Solution: DIY Soft touch battery door (rubberized back cover)
I simply applied four thin layers of spray on black PlastiDip. As in the instructions, make sure to shake the can thoroughly for a full minute and keep the can of PlastiDip a full 12-16 inches from the back cover of the phone. Wait a full 30 minutes between coats. Make sure to spray all the way around the edge of the battery door into the back of the cover. If you do not coat the edge your coating will eventually begin to peel at the edge. The easiest method is probably to mask off the contacts for the NFC antenna and spray the entire cover, inside and out. That way there is no rubber seam to peel at the edge.

Here are the results. I think the images phone2.jpg and phone3.jpg most accurately show the results. The closeups tend to make the cover look more textured than it actually appears.

PlastiDip is easily peeled off if you start at an edge, but difficult to peel off unintentionally. If I ever get bored with the finish or want to sell the phone I can remove the rubber within seconds.
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20th December 2010, 09:01 PM   |  #2  
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yeah i used this for my galaxy S, pretty good idea actually lol
20th December 2010, 09:34 PM   |  #3  
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I like it. Did you sand before painting? If so what grade? Thanks in advance.
20th December 2010, 09:41 PM   |  #4  
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No sanding required. Just a thorough cleaning with water then spray on PlastiDip.

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20th December 2010, 09:43 PM   |  #5  
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I like it. Did you sand before painting? If so what grade? Thanks in advance.

I dont think any sanding is needed because it simply peels off.
20th December 2010, 09:47 PM   |  #6  
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Is plastidip messy? because I'm gonna try this when I get home but it 20F outside and Im not wait thirty mins between coats in such weather lol. So I hope its doable in the house. However when I do mine I might put tape over the Google logo and peel it off after all dry and clean because I dont wanna lose that, I could careless about the samsung tho lol
20th December 2010, 10:06 PM   |  #7  
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Whats great is you dont need to sand and ruin the cover and simply peels off.

Thanks for sharing think im going to try this, might do clear color
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20th December 2010, 10:24 PM   |  #8  
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I wonder if Walmart sells PlastiDip

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20th December 2010, 10:29 PM   |  #9  
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I wonder if Walmart sells PlastiDip

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I looked online and ace hardware, home depot and lowes carry it
20th December 2010, 10:38 PM   |  #10  
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That looks better than I thought it would. I think it's time to take a trip to Home Depot

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