[DIY] "Brushed Metal (-esque)" Battery Door
It seems like the #1 complaint about the Nexus S is the shiny plastic battery door- well I, like others, decided to do something about it. I started by seeking out a can of the now-ubiquitous, slightly infamous PlastiDip.
Instead, I wound up with a similar product by 3M. On the downside, it sucked. The upside? It was not possible to "peel it off," which is often mentioned as a benefit [and the main shortcoming] of PlastiDip. Removing it required long soaks in acetone, and a lot of scrubbing & scraping. [I do want to note, however, that the 3M undercoating spray could probably work quite well for someone with the time to figure out when, after spraying, to roll the surface flat].
Anyway, here's what I ended up with / resorted to / etc. It looks fantastic!
1. Wetsand like crazy with 60 grit paper. The shiny black layer is surprisingly resilient. Once you're through it in one spot, you'll see what you're trying to achieve in this step.
2. Wetsand like crazy with 150 grit paper. The goal here is to smooth out the inconsistencies left by the 60 grit paper. Note- you are not trying to eliminate all striations.
3. Wetsand in a linear fashion with 150 grit paper.
4. Sand normally in a linear fashion with 150 grit paper.
7. Rub some chapstick on it like it's car wax. Buff it like its's car wax. Repeat like it's car wax. Or maybe use car wax(?).
8. Admire your handiwork.
9. Get angry with Google for these stupid Justin Beiber commercials.
That's it! Takes very little time.
Be reckless. You're getting a Nexus Prime soon anyway.
Higher resolution pics....I'm not a photographer!: