Portfolio Case Mod due to scratch concerns (Rubberizing)
I initially didn't like the way that the Portfolio Case latched onto the side of the Xoom - or the way that it snapped in at the corners.
First, I filed down the "A#" on the latching tab, as well as the minitabs in the corners with a simple nail file.
Then I went to Home Depot and bought a product called 'Plasti Dip' for around $6. It's black and adds a rubberized coat to whatever you spray it on. I masked off the portfolio to prevent overspray, and laid down 3 coats 1/2 hour apart. The final product looks identical to a stock portfolio, but when you touch it, it feel much like the soft-touch that's on the xoom itself. It tooke me 1.5 hours with the wait time, but I only spent 5 minutes actually masking/painting.
Now, instead of a hard 'snap' from the top latch and the corners, I get a much softer and less abbrasive fit. Overall I'm extremely happy with the results.
I would take pictures, but you totally can't tell that I did anything. The color matches flawlessly, and the only way that you could tell that I did anything is if you touch it.
04-14-2011 10:00 AM
I removed those little tabs with a sharp knife, then filed the remaining tiny nibs with very fine sand paper. This was a suggestion posted last month by another member. Now the corners are just snug enough, but do not scratch the sides of the Xoom at all.