Best Skin Ever: DIY with pics - Flawless Execution

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by one1, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. one1 macrumors 65816

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    I decided to write this because I do not like the instructions that came with the skin. There is a better way and we're going to do it here.

    (1)- Turn your iPhone off and clean it with alcohol and a lint free cleaning pad. It dries extremely quickly and removes any oil and dirt.

    (2)- Get a credit card with a smooth edge. Run your finger down it to make sure there are no harsh spots where the card was precut from the factory.

    (3)- Get a small bowl and fill it half full with hot water to equal about half a cup. Drop one single drop of dish washing liquid in the water and stir it with your finger.

    (4)- Take your iPhone and the skin and go into your bathroom. Run the shower on full hot for about 3 minutes until the room is full of steam. Dip your fingertips into the soap water bowl and peel the skin off the paper it came on. Set it down sticky side up on the paper and go back to the phone. The air will be moist and start to condense on the sticky side of the skin while you are over prepping the iPhone. Make certain that the moisture content in the room stays high, if this means you must keep the shower going the whole time, then do so.

    (5)- Take your finger and dip it into the soap water, shake it once. This will leave just a small amount of water on the tip of your finger. You should have a reasonably high condensation across the iPhone from the steam of the shower. All you are doing is applying the most minimal amount of soap water needed to make the skin slide into place. You are depending completely on the steam for most of the moisture which will allow you to do this without getting water in your iPhone. Rub it across the face of the iPhone all around and you'll notice a very thin layer of soap water is now on the face of the iPhone. THIS IS ALL YOU NEED. It should be a ridiculously small amount of trace water. If you do it this way you'll be able to turn your phone back on almost instantly once you are done rather than waiting 24 hours.

    (6)- Immediately set the skin on the face of the iPhone and line it up properly. Pick the phone up and turn it face down while holding it from the back so as the face is visible and accessible as you hold the iPhone at eye level. Gravity will make this work for you from here. Use your credit card to squeegee the skin to the face of the phone and wipe away any excess water at the bottom immediately. Turn it around and squeegee it the other direction and wipe any excess moisture away immediately. There will be very little because you are doing this the proper way with minimal liquid. Use something to remove the moisture that is lint free. You'll see some lint in the photos below where I used a towel to wipe the excess moisture off and it leaves lint residue traces I'll have to wipe off with alcohol later.

    (7)- Repeat the prepping procedure for the rear and install the skin with the same minimal liquid and technique so it is properly on the phone.

    (8)- Make sure there is no excess moisture and grab your hair dryer. It helps to have a hair dryer that has a "cool" setting so you can go between hot and cold. By alternating hot and cold in 2 minute intervals you can force the skin to dry to the phone and eliminate the possibility of it getting too hot and stretching. You'll find that after about 5 minutes the edges of the skin will start to stick around the corners of the phone.

    If at this point you are satisfied that the corners are sticking properly then you are done. If you used the technique for applying minimal liquid, you can turn your phone on immediately as there was virtually no moisture to begin with. :)

    Using this method, you can apply the skin without fearing water damage to your phone!



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    (see the lint around the chrome? Use a lint free cloth to wipe while squeegeeing. Now I have to clean it with alcohol since I forgot while doing it)
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  2. i0Nic macrumors 65816

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    Great job, mine is coming soon and I'm a bit hesitant to putting it on but your tips will certainly help.
     
  3. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000

    waterskier2007

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    you keep mentioning the skin, but what skin is it???
     
  4. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

    Eric Lewis

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    CANADA? eh?
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    best skin ever
     
  5. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000

    waterskier2007

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    oh haha its actually called that. i just thought u meant it was the best skin ever if u used this method. i kept reading and im like which damn skin did he use, haha
     

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