How to Remove Engraving From an iPod Nano
Engraving an iPod may seem fun and original, but it makes resale very difficult. Removing the engraving from the back of the device while leaving an attractive result is challenging but possible.
Things You'll Need:
- Metal/Glass cleaner
Coarse and fine sandpaper
Cotton cloth or chamois
- Metal/Glass cleaner
- Coarse and fine sandpaper
- Cotton cloth or chamois
- Mineral oil
Clean the metal thoroughly using a glass or metal cleaner. This will remove the impurities and any fragments that could scratch the metal when trying to repair it. Use a small grinding sander with a medium to coarse grit bit to gently grind away the engraving. The engraving itself is already the absence of metal, so the sander will remove more metal to blend the original engraving into the surrounding metal.
Wet a small piece of fine grit sand paper with some water or mineral oil and gently polish the sanded metal until it is nearly as smooth as the surrounding metal. Try to sand in random orientations to avoid giving the metal casing a "grained" look, like wood or brushed aluminum (unless of course you desire that appearance).
Use a sturdy cotton or microfiber cloth and some metal polish, following the directions on the bottle of polish, to give the new metal surface a shine. Because the surface is now uneven, it is highly unlikely that the case will be "good as new." However, the engraving is now gone and the remaining metal now gives more character to the original case. Furthermore, the Nano already has a matted metal finish on the back on some models, so it will be less noticeable. It is nearly impossible to bring the metal back to its original luster. After all, it wasn't meant to be ground and polished repeatedly.
Use these same methods to self engrave your iPod if you are confident enough to do so. Different grits of sandpaper will produce lighter and darker shades of the metal, allowing for interesting effects. Of course, it is possible to order a new back cover and completely replace the old one, a case or skin to cover the ugly spots, or take the device to a jeweler or similar craftsman for a more professional opinion.
Joshua Bailey resides in Pennsylvania and has been a professional writer since 2007. His writing focuses on topics in film, entertainment, music and religion. Bailey has been published on eHow and has written numerous articles for three universities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business and creative writing from Moravian College.