Bored of the way your mobile device looks? Well, skinning is a great option and what better way than to do it yourself? Here is how to do it and make it look professional.
1. Sharp scissors
2. Vinyl sticker
3. Sharp blade
4. Post it note
– Stick a post it note to the top of your device where the camera is.
– Draw a cross on it and mark the side of your tab where the cross is (this is used to align the post it note later on when cutting the camera hole)
– Trace out the camera and flash hole as accurately as you can.
– Cut the holes in any design you wish (I made an egg shape)
– Put this aside
– Cut the vinyl slightly larger than the device, this will make it easier to put on.
– Before applying vinyl, test fit the sticker once again
– As you apply, rub the sticker one inch at a time to ensure no bubbles appear.
– If there are bubbles, pull up that inch and try again.
– Once the entire vinyl is on, rub it down properly to ensure proper adhesion to the device.
– Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut the access stickers off by sliding the scissors across the side. Avoid stopping as it will leave a notch, slowly cut the rounded edges off to fit.
– Take your camera template and align the lines of the cross you made to the sides of the tab that is marked
– Using a pencil, trace out the hole you made
– Remove the template and cut the hole as accurately as possible.
– Run a lighter through every half inch of the sides of the device slowly.
– Once you have reached half an inch, stop and give that soft area a hard press (please dab the area with your fingers and dont rub it as it will wrinkle.)
– Keep repeating it until you have covered the entire radius of the device
– Run the flame on the entire back of the device too to ensure proper adhesion to the device.
– use the blue part of the flame and not the yellow as it is harder to control the rate of softening.
– dont use a jet lighter
– if the vinyl does not soften up, you are moving too quickly.
– if the vinyl melts/ your device starts catching fire, your moving too slow.
– Take a picture and tag your friends showing the professional job you just did