Dealing with a scratched iPod backing | iLounge Article


Dealing with a scratched iPod backing

Author's pic

By Jerrod H.

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, November 16, 2006
Articles Categories: Ask iLounge, Accessories

Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.

View the complete Ask iLounge archives...

Q: I have the 5th generation 60GB iPod video. I was wondering if Apple can change the chrome back case of the iPod since it has dents and scratches?

- Chris

A: You can get your iPod’s back case replaced, but you won’t want to do it through Apple - the cost would be much higher than is necessary. Third-party repair sites like iPodMods stock these parts for purchase. This site, in particular, sells the chrome backings for iPod video units at only $29, regardless of whether you do the installation or have them do it for you.

For less severe damage, you can use polish kits such as these ones reviewed on iLounge.

Finally, and in a completely alternative spirit, several members of our iLounge forums have managed to ‘brush’ their chrome-finish iPod encasings to cover up existing scratches in lieu of replacing any parts. The result is similar to the metal enclosure of an iPod mini or 2nd generation nano, and the process is safe and easy to do, as long as you’re careful not to affect the iPod’s front face.

Below is an example result from iLounge member “Adam,” who first initiated the popular thread in the Hacks & Mods section of our forums with his tutorial on the process.

The most asked question at

How do I copy content from my iPod/iPhone onto my computer?

Converting DVDs, web video, TV shows and more:

The Complete Guide to iPod, Apple TV and iPhone Video Formats

Converting DVDs, web video, TV shows and more:

The Complete Guide to iPod, iPhone and Apple TV Video Conversion (Mac)

Converting DVDs, web video, TV shows and more:

The Complete Guide to iPod, iPhone and Apple TV Video Conversion (Win)

Best Speakers?

Best Headphones?

Best Case?

Best In-Car Solution?

Best Battery Extender?

Find more answers in the latest publications in our Library. Free downloads developed by the editors of iLounge!

Ask iLounge Archives:

1-24-14: Viewing only downloaded iTunes Match tracks

1-22-14: Splitting purchased content between two iPads

12-13-13: Non-Bluetooth Lightning dock speakers

12-11-13: Shared Apple ID and switching away from iPhone

12-6-13: Syncing multiple iCloud data with a family Mac

Read more recent Ask iLounge articles...

View the complete Ask iLounge archives...

« Transferring albums to iPod easily

Recovering contacts from iPod »

Related Stories


If you have a comment, news tip, advertising inquiry, or coverage request, a question about iPods/iPhones/iPad or accessories, or if you sell or market iPod/iPhone/iPad products or services, read iLounge's Comments + Questions policies before posting, and fully identify yourself if you do. We will delete comments containing advertising, astroturfing, trolling, personal attacks, offensive language, or other objectionable content, then ban and/or publicly identify violators.

Commenting is not available in this section entry.


Recent News

Recent Reviews

Recent Articles

Shop for Accessories: Cases, speakers, chargers, etc.