I’ve always been curious about these vinyl skins coming in eye-catching designs to enhance the look of our gadgets, including cell phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, and gaming consoles. Unlike other similar products, DecalGirl skins don’t leave marks on the surface you apply them and are easy to remove at any time. I also read that they last for years.
DecalGirl skins are only 0.005 of an inch thick and, besides looking awesome, they keep the surface protected from scratches and dirt particles. You can clean them with a soft cloth.
If you browse the “Explore the Artwork” section on the DecalGirl website, you will find thousands of designs submitted by talented graphic designers and available in various styles. The ones I picked from DecalGirl for this review are My Heart for Asus Eee PC by Fer Garza and Eagle by Dimitar Neshev, the latter being an universal laptop skin that you can trim at home to fit any laptop lid size, up to 19 inch.
As you already guessed, the skins are available for many device models from different popular brands such as Apple, Asus, LG, Samsung, Sony, Verizon and so on, and you can find something to fit even your Sansa Clip media player, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Guitar Hero guitar, Rock Band Microphone, Nintendo DS, PlayStation, Mogo mouse, Kodak video camera, Kicker headphones, and Amazon Kindle e-reader.
In addition, most of the skins come with back cover, front layers and even matching wallpaper that you can download for free.
At DecalGirl you can browse skins by artwork or by device version and each design is printed in high-quality onto cast vinyl and covered with a laminate layer which can be glossy or matte.
The Review Skins
I picked My Heart because of the contrasting rich red tone on the white background and the black lines. It looks like a tattoo and it’s not too feminine, nor masculine. By the way, there is also the version with blue heart, if you don’t like red that much.
On the other hand, Eagle was on my husband’s taste and features contrasting details and realistic eagles that inspire power and freedom. Dimitar Neshev seems to be passionate about representing powerful animals through his designs. There was no skin designed specifically for the Dell model so I picked this universal skin.
Applying the skins
DecalGirl skins are easy to apply if you can find those created specifically for your device model. My Heart is one of the coolest skins I’ve found for my Asus Eee PC 901 and I picked the version with high gloss finish. It consists of two parts, one for the lid and one for the area surrounding the touchpad. The small size of the netbook and the fact that the skin was trimmed to fit this model helped me apply it easily.
As for the universal laptop skin, Eagle, things got a little bit complicated, as it fits 19-inch laptops and I wanted to set it on an old 15-inch Dell Inspiron, so we had to trim it carefully. This is hard to do if you don’t have previous experience and enough patience.
To get a better idea of how these vinyl skins work, I can tell you they apply just like promotional stickers that you can see on store windows. There is no glue, and unlike with other similar skins, bubbles won’t get stuck underneath if you slide a soft cloth, covering the whole surface, while applying the skin. In case you get some bubbles, like it happened in my case, because I was focusing on several things at the same time, using a soft cloth will remove those bubbles.
If you don’t like the way you applied it, you have the possibility to unstick and reapply, but try to do these adjustments during the application process, not after the skin is fully applied, because it won’t work.
My advice when it comes to skins is to pick a those featuring the same background color tone as your device. If the device has glossy finish, pick a glossy skin, and if it’s a satin or matte finish, look for a skin with satin/matte finish.
The outcome is great and once you manage to apply a vinyl skin correctly within minutes, it will stay there for years, or until you’ll want to change it with a different design that reflects your taste better.
Check the DecalGirl website and find your favorite skin.