Will Verduzco · Oct 29, 2011 at 06:28 am

Give Your Nexus S a More Premium Feel With A Faux Brushed Metal Battery Cover

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.

No luck.

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!


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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