A common complaint surrounding the Google Nexus S is that its flimsy, all-plastic body simply does not exude a sense of quality one might expect from a flagship device. Having owned the device for the better portion of a year, I must agree. Now that the Galaxy Nexus was recently announced, prominently featuring a well-textured back, what is a Nexus S owner to do?
We previously published a method of covering the Google Experience Device’s battery cover with PlastiDip to give it a soft-touch rubber feel. However, several users have experienced problems with both the finish’s durability and actually obtaining the PlastiDip to use for the mod. Starting with a failed attempt at the PlastiDip solution, XDA forum member AardvarkAdventure brings us another excellent solution! In his own words:
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!
If you’re interested in making your aging Nexus S feel just a little bit sleeker by giving it a brushed metal look, be sure to continue on to the original thread!_________