What is a phone skin?
A phone skin is a vinyl wrap that sticks directly to your device, covering the rear surface and completely transforming its look and feel. Phone skins are made from vinyl sheets using a plotting machine, which transforms cutting instructions contained within digital blueprints, into physical cut lines. The vinyl is ultra-thin, allowing you to switch up the style of your phone whilst still maintaining the original device dimensions. With design choices including Black Camo, Honeycomb, Carbon Fibre, or a wide range of colour combinations, phone skins and wraps give you ultimate device customisation at your fingertips. Phone skins also deliver a layer of protection from scratches, scuffs, fingerprints, and even staining, by eliminating direct contact with external surfaces.
What are phone skins made of?
Phone skins are typically made from ~0.2mm thin vinyl, which to put it scientifically is a synthetic resin containing polyvinyl chloride polymer. More simply, phone skin vinyl is an ultra-thin sheet of super-soft pliable material. The vinyl used for phone skins has two sides, each with different purposes. One side of the vinyl is for the design or texture (e.g. Honeycomb, as above), and the other side is coated in adhesive for sticking the vinyl to its target surface.
You may have seen vinyl wrapping in the automotive industry, where footballers and celebrities transform the design of their supercars. Phone skins are cut from the exact same materials and if the vinyl is good enough to wrap a £200,000 supercar, our vinyl phone skins are good enough to wrap your phone. Phone skins and wraps arrive attached to wax-lined paper, which preserves the tackiness of the adhesive layer and keeps the vinyl in pristine condition by preventing it from bunching up and sticking to itself. The vinyls are extremely flexible and when heat is applied to them, their elasticity and adhesive properties improve even further to mould perfectly around the target surface: your phone.
How are phone skins made?
Phone skins are made through a simple 3 stage process, which involves cutting the phone skin from a vinyl sheet, weeding the cut pieces, and trimming the excess paper. We explore each of these stages in a bit more detail below.
1. Cutting the phone skin from a vinyl sheet
Phone skins are made by precision cutting a digital device blueprint using a vinyl plotter. The vinyl plotter cuts shapes in the vinyl, based on the supplied blueprint, using a fine point blade to achieve perfect accuracy. Specifically, the blueprint provides the plotter with a series of digital cutting instructions, which the machine then translates into physical cut lines on the vinyl. Whilst, we cannot speak for our competitors, the blueprints for our skins have been designed and engineered to achieve flawless accuracy every time. VybeSkins device wraps are precision cut exclusively from premium quality vinyls by a German Carbide Blade to guarantee that our phone skins are long-lasting. This is arguably the most important stage of the process to ensure a perfect finish and that’s why our skins have been tried, tested and refined to the finest detail.
2. Weeding the phone skin cutouts
The phone skin then needs to go through a process called weeding, in which all of the cut-out pieces of the skin are removed. These removable pieces may include camera cutouts, charger ports, speaker holes, or logos. Disclaimer: some of our competitors skip this step to save time. Here at VybeSkins though, we care deeply about the customer experience, so we remove them for you. Imagine the scenario: you’ve just received your brand new phone skins and you can’t wait to wrap your device, but as you take it out the packaging you realise the pieces haven’t been removed. You’ve now got to spend five minutes picking out the pieces before you can even think about enjoying your new iPhone skins. Don’t worry, we take care of it for you.
3. Trimming the excess wax-lined paper
The final stage of the process is to trim the excess wax-lined paper from around the edges of the skin. Whilst a very simple stage to complete, this stage is crucial because if the wax-lined paper is too large it will hinder the application process. If you want to know why - check out our skin installation tutorial videos. That’s it, your skin is ready to go.
How do phone skins work?
As we mentioned earlier, phone skins are vinyl wraps that stick directly to your device, covering the rear surface and completely transforming its look and feel. You can see from the image of the iPhone Xs skin above that phone wraps match the aesthetic of your device perfectly with cutouts for the camera, logo and buttons in exactly the right places. It’s important to note at this point that the skin you see pictured above is a full wrap skin, which is unique to the Apple iPhone range. For the many android devices that we support, such as OnePlus skins or Samsung Galaxy wraps, you will instead find a part back skin in your order. Samsung Galaxy, OnePlus and Huawei phones, by design, have a rigid edge between the back surface and the sides of the phone. This makes it near-impossible for you to achieve a flawless finish with a full wrap skin, so we instead developed a part back skin that fits to perfection. Either way, applying the skin is straightforward and we have created step-by-step skin installation tutorials to make the process even easier.
Once applied, a phone skin will seamlessly mould to your device and transform it’s appeal completely, while also adding texture and grip to your phone. What’s more, phone skins also deliver a layer of protection against scratches, scuffs, fingerprints, and even staining. If you want to know more, check out our blog post: do phone skins protect your phone? So, to conclude, phone skins give you ultimate customisation potential without the bulk of a case, improved texture and grip, and now protection where it matters. We know, it’s a no brainer.
Should you buy a phone skin?
So, the gold question - should you buy a phone skin? If you’ve read this far and you’re left with any doubt, this section is for you. If you really think about it, the back of a phone is notoriously boring. Boring colour choices, textureless designs, and no ways for you to differentiate. Normally, you don’t think too much about it because you’re too busy scrolling. But now you’ve found us, and you’ve realised there’s a whole new world of possibilities out there. Customisation is great: it allows you to stand out from the crowd and be truly unique. With phone skins and wraps, you can not only change what your phone looks like but also completely transform how it feels. All without adding the chunkiness of a case. It’s win-win. For those of you with a battered old phone, you may now be looking down thinking: is it really worth it? If you are, then the answer is yes. Wrapping your device in a pristine phone skin will give it the brand new feel that it’s longing for, hiding the inevitable old-phone damage and bringing it back to life. One of our commonly asked questions is: do phone skins damage your phone? The simple answer is no, but if you're still not sure, check out this blog post.
By now, the creative readers among us are already designing the perfect look for their phone. Unlike your average Joe, they’re thinking outside the box, they’ve decided to double up, and they’ve just added two different skins to their basket. Why? I hear you ask. Because it’s time to mix n’ match. All of a sudden, 20+ unique customisation options just became 400+, and the world of device customisation became even more exciting. It’s not too late for you to get involved. Shop our range of phone skins and wraps, double up your design, and take your phone customisation game to the next level. Honeycomb + Matt Lime Green? Oh, absolutely.
All the best,
The VybeSkins Team