Apple offers free laser engraving for all of its iPod models, encouraging many iPod Nano buyers to personalise their purchases with names and messages. The problem comes when a Nano owner wants to sell the iPod. Some people might not be interested in purchasing a used iPod with another person's name on it. The simplest solution is to cover the engraving with a sticker, but sometimes a seller wants a more permanent solution that completely removes the writing.
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Things you need
- Safe-open case tool
- Small Phillips-head screwdriver
- Small flathead screwdriver
- Electrical tape
- Rotary tool
- Grinding head
- Sanding head
Insert a safe-open case tool into the gap between the bottom bezel and the iPod Nano's case and carefully pop the bezel off. Remove the three exposed Phillips-head screws from the bottom of the device. Remove the top bezel with the safe-open case tool and unscrew the two exposed Phillips-head screws. Remove the hold switch.
Pry the click-wheel out with the safe-open case tool and disconnect the wire attaching it to the logic board. Pry the camera bezel from the iPod's back. Push the glass from the frame with your thumbs while prying from the top with the safe-open case tool. Use the same tool to remove the metal frame around the dock connector.
Slide the interior workings of the iPod downward to remove it from the case and set it aside. You can now work on the case without damaging the electronics.
Stick electrical tape in a rectangle around the engraving you wish to remove. This will protect the rest of the case.
Attach a grinding head to a rotary tool and carefully grind away the casing area inside the tape until the engraving is no longer visible.
Attach a sanding head to the rotary tool and sand the back of the iPod to an even finish. The sanded area will be a different colour and texture from the rest of the back.
Remove the electrical tape. Reassemble the iPod by reversing the steps you took to disassemble it.
Tips and warnings
- You can avoid the effort of grinding and sanding your Nano by buying a replacement case online and simply replacing the engraved casing with a new one.
- Grinding and sanding an iPod casing can result in damage, and will invalidate the device's warranty.
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