What Is The Best Clear Back Body Skin Available For The New iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by falconman515, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. falconman515 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2010
    I am currently using a smart cover and that's all .... I do not have any kind of rear shell protection from scratches etc. when laying it down on certain surfaces with the smart cover closed.

    I am not a fan anything that takes away from the look of the back and the feel of it's thinness like certain cases that snap on the back and add more to it.

    I would like to find like exactly what I have for my iPhone 4S ... a clear protector that goes on the front and one on the back. (I use PS for the front but they don't have anything for the back)

    I was looking at this back body film from Bestskinsever.com and this is basically exactly what I am looking for.


    Are these skins any good or is there another brand better?

    I normally don't buy anything other then power support for screen / back protectors but they do not currently sell a film for the back just one for the front.

    Thanks so much for the help guys.
  2. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2008
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    I would just get somebody at a mall kiosk to do it. That way you don't have to worry about messing it up, and often they have life time guarantees.
  3. number84 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2011
    Yes they are good. I've used them on a lot of my devices. Water based application though.
  4. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    BSE is good, I've used them for years. Had one on my ipad2 and it lasted well.

    Applying the back isn't rocket science, don't pay double for someone else to do it.
  5. falconman515 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2010
    The bestskinever is water based?

    I dont want to use anything water based at all. Thats why I always use Power Support for my protectors but they don;t make one for the back.

    Is there any other option out there thats good but not is a water based application?
  6. Los macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    I think most back protectors are going to be water based on the back of the iPad, specially if it's going to be a clear one. There are some skins out there, like carbon fiber skins if you'd like.

    Anyways, I bought the SGP/Spigen Ultracoat back and front screen protector for the new iPad, I'll let you know how it is when I install it.

    I bought one for my iPad 2, and I love it. The only issue was that since it was my first time installing it, I wasn't prepared for how much of the solution would really leak when you had to air out the bubbles, and it was too much for my liking, but everything went fine. :)
  7. wharzhee macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2010
    i use that one from invishield(?), but i used the one from my iPad 2.
    it doesnt have to have a perfect fit, cause i know like 2-3months down the road, the shield would look all so colored up and dirty. (ya, they do..)
  8. number84 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2011
    Water based application is not too bad. But I was quite nervous when I first put them on. Pretty much a pro now since I've used them on many devices going back to the original iPhone.

    For me the key is to put your device on a towel and then use the towel to soak up the excess water when your squeegeeing out the bubbles. Ie., the towel basically catches the water at the edges of your device.
  9. nlkccom macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2008
  10. hondaivtec2007 macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2011
  11. sjenkins49 macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2010
    Indianapolis, IN
    BSE, I hope to have my skin by this Friday. I put one on mine and my friends iPad 2. It is so easy to put on.
  12. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Put mine on tonight, it's now curing. Went on easy.
  13. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago

    Not yet available in the UK, but you might have better luck Stateside...The Griffin Reveal clear shell is what I used on my 2...Perfect fit, not a scratch on it, went to a buddy who's an MR member and he can vouch for it. Nor over expensive...Think I paid around £20.00 here so probably about $20 if you can find one on Amazon. Belkin have them also, but I'm not a big fan of their stuff.
  14. ipodinhtown macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2007
    Skinomi Dry Tech skins = dry install

    I'm with you exactly. Most everyone says the water based installations are safe, and they probably are, but I would prefer to avoid a water based install if at all possible.

    I did a little searching, and I can not vouch for the clarity of the skin or the quality of protection, but it looks like Skinomi has a "Dry Tech" version that is a dry install.


    On the above web page, be sure to select the Dry Tech ones.

    Again, I can't vouch for them, but I'm very curious about them.

    If anyone has used these, any input would be greatly appreciated.
  15. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Yep. Anytime you're dealing with a curved surface, and especially if the protector is clear, the material is likely going to be a water based application.

    I understand people may be nervous, but it's really not a big deal. You have Best Buy employees and mall kiosks putting these things on; it's clearly not rocket science.

    The BestSkinsEver.com I put on last night is in good shape; the cut is good and it fits well. $17 for the back beats Zagg's pricing by a wide margin. :) (BTW, I still don't recommend this material for the screen. Great for a surface without a screen behind it)
  16. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2009
    Atlanta GA
    BSE. installed mine last night. just waiting on it to dry.

    i use power support dry install for the screen though
  17. mickeysworld macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2010
    I vote for BSE.

    I was always leary of wet installs but decided I wanted to give it a go this time around and I'm glad I did. It was not hard to install at all and this is coming from someone who always uses PS products because I was afraid of the water installs. I actually think it was kind of easier than my typical PS install because with the water solution it is much easier to line things up. I think it came out great, it doesn't add extra bulk and I can now worry a little less when my kids put the iPad down. Good luck with your decision!

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  18. sjenkins49 macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2010
    Indianapolis, IN
    Thank you so much for the pictures. I just received my new skin from BSE and noticed the corners are different from the BSE skin I purchased and installed on my iPad 2. I really liked how the old corners looked but now that I see them on your 3rd Ger iPad I like them.

    You did a great job on the install.
  19. dread macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2009
    The new corners look better. I noticed on the iPad 2 install that the skin was a bit too big or got stretched a bit during the install. It makes the edges come up if it is too big. How is the fitment close to the edge on the new iPad skin. Should I be worried about having it be slightly to big.
  20. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    Really?? I have always loved Belkin's stuff, namely the Snap Shield for my iPad and the Grip Vue for my iPhone. It's well made, looks nice, and keeps the slim profile.
  21. robertpetry macrumors 6502


    Feb 12, 2009
    Indianapolis, IN
    Ditto. Simple fit. Easier to put on than the iPad 2 version that I had. Especially in the corners.

    I live the BSE skins except they seem to turn yellow in 6-8 months. Still, I wouldn't pay the double $ Zagg demands. Tough I do like the new Zagg HD screen covers. But again they want too much money for just a screen cover.
  22. TxMacAddict macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    That is a clean install. Good job!
  23. sparkhill macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2010
    Here are the ones I have tried on the iPad3:
    • BSE - SHINY, smooth, nice corners, wet install, about $20
    • Wrapsol - MATTE, slightly textured, corners just OK, wet install, about $30, free replacement
    • Skinomi Techskin - SHINY, smooth, corners just OK, wet install, about $30, camera hole location wrong - AVOID!

    I have a couple of others on the way. If you like the glossy/shiny look, go with BSE. If you like a matte, slightly textured finish, try Wrapsol. Either way, put a couple of drops of baby shampoo in a large bowl, dip you finger, peel the back off the skin, dip the skin in the water, apply, squeegee the excess water, hold the corners down to get them to stick.

    Wrapsol is on all of my stuff.

    BTW, I have tried them all and the best clear screen protector is PowerSupport; the cheap ones rainbow under fluorescent lights, the wet instal ones have orange peel.
  24. KoukiFC3S macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2010
  25. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Interesting, that's not been my experience. Had a BSE on my ipad2 for a year and didn't have any yellowing or peeling. Maybe something environmental or a different batch of material or something.


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