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Pimp My DS: Decal Girl Skin Review w/ pics


#1 Maddgief   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   290 Posts   Joined 15.9 Years Ago  

Posted 26 June 2006 - 06:11 PM

First off, let me say, I by no means have the hands of a surgeon. This process immediately took me back to my GI JOE days when I had to put stickers on the vehicles. The nice thing about the DG skins are that they're much more forgiving than the 'no step' or 'danger' stickers hasbro sent out back in the day. (Note: to reduce glare I turned off the flash on my camera. The result are some slightly blurry pics...)

First pic: My DS Lite in all of it's Polar glory. I do very much like the white color, but on an impulse purchase (and in a fit of nostalgia) purchased the Retro skin from DG:http://www.decalgirl....cfm/4,4194.htm

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Second: The skin sheet. The directions are a little brief and the link that it recommends checking for additional assistance is a dead page. Tarrying not, i dove in head first.

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Taking on the easiest part first, I applied the outside cover skin. Before and after Pics (you can't tell from the crappy pic, but the DS logo shows through the skin...cool!). It was simple to get it straight and this vinyl sheet was easy to work with. The sticky side is forgiving and I only had to adjust it once before smoothing it out.

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Now things get hairy. The decals for the inside of the DS are pretty precisely cut and there's little room for error. I attempted the top one first and had to peel and restick 3 or 4 times before it fit right. The biggest pain was having to punch out all of the holes for the speaker vents. They were pre-punched, but getting them off the skin required poking them with a pencil and tearing them off. The result was pretty good though:

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Applying the bottom skin is where things got more troublesome. Above the touch screen is a narrow strip of white and on the skin is a corresponding narrow strip of the skin. Well, in my attempts to ensure the skin was taught and bubble free, I apparently stretched out the vinyl for that strip and it would no longer fit properly. As a result I had to snip it with a sharp knife and overlay it over itself above the upper left corner. Also- and I believe unrelated, the skin would not lay properly over the lower left corner of the touchscreen either. Snip there as well. Unless you scrutinize, you can't really tell.

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The finished product! I tried to get a detail shot of the lettering around the buttons but everything was blurred...

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It's quite slick looking in person-especially the outside skin which is easily my favorite. The internal skins I like but don't love and when I tire of them they'll be coming off. The outside one's going to stay though.


Overall, the skin is very high quality and it's mostly my unsteady hands that resulted in any problems I had. I would give the skin itself a 9 out 10. The process to install it was a 7 out of 10 and my overall experience was a solid 8.5 out of ten earning a recommend from this gamer.


#2 bob330i   just lookin' CAGiversary!   3608 Posts   Joined 16.8 Years Ago  

Posted 26 June 2006 - 06:57 PM

Thanks for the detailed review. A couple questions:

1. What was the total cost? Saw that it's $9.99 for the skin and what for shipping?

2. When you reapplied, did the adhesive come off the skin? They state no residue.

That retro skin is definitely nice.

#3 js1   Badassfully CAGiversary!   4263 Posts   Joined 17.4 Years Ago  

Posted 26 June 2006 - 09:10 PM

Good job op, even though I don't have a lite yet, I was looking at these skins(the retro on to be exact) so based on your review, I'll pick one up.

#4 Rusdude   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   71 Posts   Joined 15.1 Years Ago  

Posted 26 June 2006 - 09:29 PM

Hmmm... I wonder if they'll go on top of invisibleShield? Although, everyone I show my DSL seems to think it's pretty good-looking as it is.

#5 Maddgief   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   290 Posts   Joined 15.9 Years Ago  

Posted 26 June 2006 - 09:45 PM

I have the hori screen protector on my top screen (i botched the bottome one and have another on order) so I reckon it'd work with invisible shield.

As for the re-sticking. There's no sign of any residue or residual stickiness anywhere...

The retro rang up at 9.99. i had a coupon (gimme10 for 10% off) and shipping was 2.45 I think.

What's OP mean? As in Good job op?

#6 Arkay Firestar   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1422 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

Arkay Firestar

Posted 26 June 2006 - 10:27 PM

Please take no offense but dear god that looks bad. It seems as though you've put them on as best as one can, but I don't see how that messy cheap look is in any way better than the simple look of an unadulterated lite?

My personal taste differs, I guess...

But if you like it thats all that matters

Are they on for good or can you remove them without f'ing up your dslite?

#7 Maddgief   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   290 Posts   Joined 15.9 Years Ago  

Posted 26 June 2006 - 11:14 PM

Thankfully they come off no sweat. Like I said, I'll probably take the innard ones off and leave the outside cover on.

#8 denpanosekai  

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 03:00 PM

I have the same Retro skin from Decalgirl. I ordered Digital Pink for my girlfriend. At the same time I ordered screen protectors.

1) the hori screen protectors were extremely easy to install. my advice is to lift them on the left side of the screen and let them fall. I did have problems with air bubbles at first. they disappear after "popping" them out with the stylus. Highly recommended. I don't fear speaking into the microphone now and getting the screen wet with spitter!!! As well as scratching it...

2) retro skin was extremely hard to apply. took me a while to figure out how to remove the speaker parts, finally popping them out with a pencil. Had to be 2 to do this one properly on the pink skin, but kinda stretched the retro one.

3) it does seem as though the interior skins aren't perfectly sized compared to the top skins. I'm not gonna cut them up like OP though, and I'll probably keep them on for a while, not for looks but protection.

4) WARNING for canadian customers... three skins + three screen protectors cost me around 25$ of customs... and around 20$ of shipping. Very expensive as an end result, but still cheapest place to get screen protectors, fast too.

#9 mik   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   370 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 04 July 2006 - 04:56 PM

I think all the decal skins have the inherent problem of not covering up all the seams and other surfaces--so it always looks like a decal.

I'm taking a different approach to pimping my DS. Back in March I imported a Lite, but the only color I could get was the Tampax Blue one. Certainly not my first choice, but perfect for my daughters. So, when the US version came out, I bought another and swapped the GBA cart plug and the stylus on the two which made a kind of cool two-tone effect. I liked that so much that I'm now working on getting the D-pad and buttons swapped too--so I'll have a white one with light blue accents and a light blue on with white accents.

#10 Arkay Firestar   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1422 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

Arkay Firestar

Posted 04 July 2006 - 05:25 PM

I think all the decal skins have the inherent problem of not covering up all the seams and other surfaces--so it always looks like a decal.

I'm taking a different approach to pimping my DS. Back in March I imported a Lite, but the only color I could get was the Tampax Blue one. Certainly not my first choice, but perfect for my daughters. So, when the US version came out, I bought another and swapped the GBA cart plug and the stylus on the two which made a kind of cool two-tone effect. I liked that so much that I'm now working on getting the D-pad and buttons swapped too--so I'll have a white one with light blue accents and a light blue on with white accents.


Be careful...id love to see photos when you're done, but don't screw up because your warranty will be voided once you pop them open. Still sounds like a cool idea.

#11 Graystone   ` CAGiversary!   15662 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

Posted 04 July 2006 - 10:25 PM

I love decal girl. I've been buying my skins for all of my devices for about a year now.
I wish some company would fix the problem of spacing in skins. By spacing I mean when you can see the product under the skin because two pieces don't touch.

#12 Sanosuke Sagara   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   281 Posts   Joined 15.8 Years Ago  

Sanosuke Sagara

Posted 04 July 2006 - 11:30 PM

Anyone got other pics of decalgirl skins on real ds lites? That virtual crap isn't good enough for me

#13 Requiem   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   854 Posts   Joined 17.5 Years Ago  

Posted 05 July 2006 - 06:00 AM

I have to agree with the poster above who said it looks awful

I was really thinking of getting these, but I guess those fake DS Lite decal pics on the wbesite really fool the eye.

In reality it looks uneven and doesn't cover crucial parts. I an tell it's not the fault of the user applying the decal, it's just the design of those DecalGirl skins that just aren't up to par.

#14 Rusdude   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   71 Posts   Joined 15.1 Years Ago  

Posted 05 July 2006 - 04:46 PM

I have to agree with the poster above who said it looks awful

I was really thinking of getting these, but I guess those fake DS Lite decal pics on the wbesite really fool the eye.

In reality it looks uneven and doesn't cover crucial parts. I an tell it's not the fault of the user applying the decal, it's just the design of those DecalGirl skins that just aren't up to par.


I think, the problem is that the decal doesn't cover everything and the exposed parts stand out. The only decals that would look good are the ones that are printed on white/black/navy/green/pink (DSL colors) and you don't notice where the decal ends and the DSL begins.

FWIW, I'm more than happy with my invisibleShield: http://www.shieldzon...on/NTNDSLF.html
(when you pull out a key and start mutilating the console, people kinda freak out until they see that there's no damage).

#15 IvanHood   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   597 Posts   Joined 15.1 Years Ago  

Posted 07 July 2006 - 09:36 PM

I bought the Solid State Black skin on a whim when I purchased my Hori screen protectors from Decal Girl. I was going to post pictures of the finished product for you guys, but it looked so bad that I peeled it off and threw it away. As a disclaimer, I have always been extremely bad at applying decals. I applied the top cover pretty well, though, and it looked nice and slick. The inside skins gave me a lot of trouble, and it seemed like I could not get it just right no matter how many times I tried. Even though the skins are very high quality and the DS logo clearly showed through the solid black material on top, the end result still looked like a DS with stickers on it rather than the beautiful technological marvel that it is.

Anyway, maybe skins just aren't for me. Too bad I had to pay $10 to find that out, but oh well. Again, my results may not be your results, but I was not impressed.

#16 dcswirl   You'll Never Walk Alone CAGiversary!   587 Posts   Joined 16.1 Years Ago  

Posted 09 July 2006 - 01:30 AM

I tried to get them to custom make a Liverpool FC logo for me like the one under my username, but they sent me a message saying they couldn't because of copyrights. I ordered a Union Jack from there instead.

#17 commander   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   1 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

commander

Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:48 PM

I bought a DS Lite skin from Pinkstatic on Ebay because they looked tight, covering the entire DS on all 4 sides. The good news is that it was cut great to fit flush at the edges, but the bad news is that the clear transfer tape that is used is way too sticky for the thin vinyl, which caused random air bubbles all over. I had to tear it off because it looked ghetto. If you can get the pinkstatic skin on exactly perfect the first try, then it's a good skin, but there's no room for re-adjusting, because the skin will stretch if you try to peel it off. And it did leave a bit of residue from the adhesive, but that was easily wiped off.

right now, I switched over to use a silicone case made by capdase. It's semi-rigid so the fit is snug, allowing the DS Lite to close all the way. It looks and feels great.

I was considering buying a DS Lite skin from DecalGirl. sounds like this one is easy to readjust if not put on perfect the first time. Do you have to use any tweezers or special tools, or do you just use your fingers? What other companies have you experienced for DS Lite skins?

#18 Dead of Knight  

Dead of Knight

Posted 10 September 2006 - 05:21 PM

I forget which company makes them, but I have the RE4 decal on my GCN and it rocks ass. I totally recommend it.

#19 js1   Badassfully CAGiversary!   4263 Posts   Joined 17.4 Years Ago  

Posted 10 September 2006 - 09:31 PM

I forget which company makes them, but I have the RE4 decal on my GCN and it rocks ass. I totally recommend it.


I have it also, it's made by gamer grafix.

#20 Maddgief   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   290 Posts   Joined 15.9 Years Ago  

Posted 11 September 2006 - 12:19 PM

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I was considering buying a DS Lite skin from DecalGirl. sounds like this one is easy to readjust if not put on perfect the first time. Do you have to use any tweezers or special tools, or do you just use your fingers? What other companies have you experienced for DS Lite skins?


I used my fingers and the knife. Using tweezers probably would have been a good idea. This was my first skin experience, but all these weeks later I still have it on there.

#21 joseph_riley   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   2 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

joseph_riley

Posted 30 October 2007 - 07:48 PM

decal girl and gamer graffix are not the only players in the skin game. There is the inventor of the console skin, designerskins.com. , as well as one of the biggest now skinit.

#22 robin20   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   4 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 20 March 2010 - 01:26 PM

Hi everyone..
I bought new Ds lite console last week and i need some solid skin cover on it. So could anyone here please suggest me some websites providing nice ds lite skin covers .


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#23 Backlash   www.thecoverproject.net CAGiversary!   4794 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

Posted 21 March 2010 - 08:55 PM

I got my wife one from DecalGirl and it actually looks really good on there (though I don't personally like the design she picked all that much). I agree the one in the OP doesn't look good, so maybe they imprived their product over the last few years?

http://www.decalgirl...o-DS-Lite-Skins

#24 heskey627   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   1 Posts   Joined 10.9 Years Ago  

heskey627

Posted 02 August 2010 - 10:51 AM

I found a very new and different skin for ds lite gaming console which looks great. I need some more new existing skins for my gaming console any suggestion please..

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