The truth about silicone skins for your electronics

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Silicone skins are one of the most popular ways to protect your electrical equipment these days.

I've had numerous myself but it is NOT the long-awaited remedy against scratches that many believe it to be.

I own an ipod nano, a creative zen vision:m and bought silicone skins for both of them. They worked well but I got a nasty surprise when I took the skins off again after a couple of weeks. Despite the skin, or because of the skin I should rather say, the surface of both appliances got horribly scratched. How you ask? This is what happens:

The silicone skin protects against the environment BUT it is prone to attracting lots of dust and other tiny particles which then nest in between the skin and the actual mp3 player. Because the skin is rubbing against the player's surface it turns out the mp3 player comes out more scratched than without a skin.
This happens no matter whether the device is an mp3 player or a phone or anything else. And it also happens a lot more quickly if your appliance is normally kept in your trouser pocket or bag where everyday dust particles can easily get to.
Bottom line: You have to protect the surface of the mp3 player additionally with a sticky protective film like they exist for screen protection. That way the dust getting into the skin won't be able to scratch the actual player.

I've had to learn that the hard way and hopefully with this guide I'll save some of you guys' and girls' electrical items from becoming totally scratched.

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