Modded my Tan Smart Cover.. Check it out!

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by alan111, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. alan111 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2010
    Well I got the idea from another member on here. Wasn't too fond of the tan color, so decided to stain my cover. I simply took some olive oil and just rubbed it in with a sponge. Did 2 coats, and allowed it to bake/dry in the sun for about 4-5 hours.

    Came out looking great --

    I also added a couple of coats of leather guard, water-repellent. Adds a drop of gloss and makes the water bead right off :)

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  2. glen e macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
  3. alan111 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2010
    Yep the stuff you put in your food.
  4. TC25, Mar 29, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2011

    TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    Just my thought - Might want to try tung oil instead of a food oil.

    EDIT: I mention this because I imagine if I rubbed a food oil into my Smartcover and left it laying around where one of the dogs could get to it, they'd eat it, no matter how long I let it bake in the sun. :)
  5. KittyKatta macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2011
    Neat! My biggest gripe with the smart cover colors is that theyre all so bright (except for black) and make the iPad look like a toy. That color is very close to what but from the pictures it looks more like it's dirty than it's stained. Is there a better material to use to make it darker and more even?
  6. alan111 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2010
    It looks just like my old brown leather jacket
  7. rdowns, Mar 29, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2011

    rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    So rubbing a little oil on something is classified as a "mod". :rolleyes:

    I suspect that will smell rancid inside of a week or two.
  8. Aqua Bliss macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2010
    This makes me want to mod my leaver navy blue cover, hmmmm what what changes could be done without making it look black.
  9. Bag302 macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2009
    Olive oil will go rancid and will probably smell. You should use baseball glove oil instead. Nokona glove conditioner is a good product for about $5.

    Sun tan oil would also be a better alternative (if you like pina coladas)
  10. gescom macrumors regular


    Dec 31, 2007
    Westerville, OH.
    Wow, this is a great idea! I am going to try and use the leather shoe shine on my black case just to see if I can get a gloss look!
  11. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Now that looks classy! However, I'd probably have gone with this as well:


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