JUUL CUSTOMIZATION: Creating Unique JUUL Designs

The JUUL has become THE most popular nicotine vaporizer over the past few years.

So popular that I find it difficult to go anywhere in public and not see AT LEAST one other person sneaking in a couple puffs.

Unfortunately, the JUUL only comes in a couple different color options. This limited variety of JUUL colors leaves us JUULers craving a way to make ours unique. Besides, at the end of the day:

This is my JUUL. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

We COULD just buy a JUULWRAP (review coming soon) to solve this problem, but that doesn’t feel quite as good as customizing something yourself.

Now, there is some more work to be done here than just slapping on a sticker and calling it your own. For this procedure, we’ll need to perform a JUUL disassembly.

If you find yourself taking apart your JUUL for other reasons, why not add some personal swag before reassembling?

Take care, however, this operation involves the use of some potentially dangerous tools. In the hands of the wrong individual, this process could cause damage to personal property or to one’s physical health.

That being said, following the safety guidelines that are given in this article greatly reduces the chances of self-harm.


Like any cosmetic surgery, there is a risk/reward ratio that each of us must ponder to decide whether or not the procedure is worth it.

This project involves using heating elements to change the base black/gray color of the JUUL into lighter shades. The level of heat needs to be quite high to change the stock JUUL color.

And by heating elements, I mean either a stovetop or a BLOWTORCH of some kind.

Obviously, these tools can be dangerous and cause burns or fires if used irresponsibly. The UTMOST care is required to remain safe and avoid personal injury.

This procedure should be performed outside if a blowtorch is the tool of choice. Using pressurized flammable gas in an enclosed environment can lead to a buildup of the gas resulting in sudden explosions that can cause serious fires.

So if you’re using a torch, DO IT OUTSIDE. This allows any excess gas to dissipate into the surrounding environment and avoids unexpected hair and face customization.

Now that you understand the risks, let’s get into the step-by-step.


Materials Required:
  • Long pliers or metal forceps
  • Heat source: butane/propane torch or stovetop
  • A small dish of water
  • Paper towels
  • Optional: Heat resistant safety gloves

1.) Disassemble the JUUL.

I made a whole post outlining how to do this step-by-step. For brevity, I will direct you to that post now: How to Take Apart the JUUL.

We need to disassemble the JUUL so we can apply heat to the outer metal casing without damaging the internal assembly.

Once you complete this step go ahead and set aside the internal components, we won’t need them until it is time for reassembly.

How to Customize the JUUL Parts

2.) Ready the heat source.

Either prepare your torch or heat up your stovetop.

Remember, if using a torch the safest option is to perform the procedure outdoors.

How to Customize the JUUL Torch & Stove

3.) Grip the metal JUUL casing with pliers or forceps.

Make sure your grip is firm to avoid dropping the casing while heating. The best way to do this is to grip it on the opening near the bottom of the casing.

If you’re using heat-resistant gloves, now is the time to put them on.

Make sure there is plenty of room between the metal casing and your hands to prevent burns if not using heat-resistant gloves.

Take care not to grip it too tightly, otherwise, you could accidentally dent or scratch the metal of the JUUL, resulting in an unsightly mark.

How to Customize the JUUL Grip

4.) Move the heat source over the metal casing (or vice versa if using a stovetop).

Apply heat evenly to the metal for about 20-30 seconds.

NOTE: You may need to keep the metal over a stovetop for longer due to their less intense heat production compared to that of a torch.

Make sure you don’t keep the heat on one area of the JUUL for too long, otherwise you could begin to melt the metal, resulting in hideous and irreversible warping.

How to Customize the JUUL Warped Metal

How to Customize the JUUL Heat Up

I promise you this torch really is lit.  It was SO bright outside when taking this picture that the flame was completely invisible.  Be CAREFUL and LISTEN for a roaring sound, signifying that the torch is lit.

5.) After 20-30 seconds, douse the hot metal in the dish of cold water to rapidly cool the metal.

This allows the process to be repeated quickly to achieve the desired effect.

How to Customize the JUUL Water Cooling

6.) Dry off the metal with a paper towel and repeat the process until the desired color is achieved.

As you heat the black/gray metal it will gradually turn to a soft gold color, and then to a pure silver color before beginning to melt.

The gold color is quite nice, so take care not to overheat/perform the process too many times if that is the color you desire, as once the metal turns silver there is no way to reverse the process.

Slow and steady is the key here. Heating the metal for shorter periods of time and increasing overall repetitions is the best way to control the shade.

How to Customize the JUUL Before and After

7.) Reassemble the JUUL.

Reassembly is very straightforward and is also covered in depth in the How to Take Apart the JUUL post.

If you’re still feeling confused about the process as a whole, here is a short and sweet video demonstrating the procedure:

The only complaint I can make of this JUULer’s process is the fact that he used a torch indoors. Remember to only use pressurized gas torches OUTSIDE.

Make it Your OWN!

Although you could simply change the entire color of the JUUL, that wouldn’t necessarily make it the most unique thing out there (especially now that JUUL sells a silver version!).

Instead, consider only heating certain parts of the metal to create a striped or fade effect. The possibilities are endless, just make sure you don’t heat any particular spot on the JUUL for too long! (Otherwise, it could melt as mentioned above)

Here’s an example of a JUULer that added a gradual black to silver fade on their JUUL:

How to Customize the JUUL Unique Design

Lookin’ Great, Feelin’ Better

Although this does involve quite a bit of work this is the only surefire way to make your JUUL stand out amongst the crowd.

Or you could always save yourself the hassle and just purchase a fresh JUULWRAP if you aren’t the creative type.

No more comparing scratch marks to figure out whose JUUL is whose in a world where TONS of people have them.

As soon as all those other JUULers see your sick new coloring they’ll be dying to find out how you did it.

Let us know how the procedure went for you in the comments below! What cool designs did you come up with? How many times did you have to repeat the process to get your desired shade? Post a pic of your finished product in the JUUL Doc Clinic forum to show off your work to other JUULers!

Vape on, dear JUULers. We’ll see you soon!


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Claire S Davis · October 14, 2019 at 9:49 am

New to Juul. I was a fairly early-adopter (like 2010) when it comes to vaping, but never chose to completely unhook from my fifty-year cigarette habit–kept it down to about five a day for about six years. Then I fell off the proverbial wagon for 2-3 years, back to full-time smoking. The Juul revolution seems to have occurred during that interval. In my first vaping stint, I never thought much of the popular over-the-counter options like Blu, so I might easily have ignored Juul. But I kept reading and hearing criticism of Juul that made it sound like a serious social problem–so of course I had to try it! For all the reasons you say well in your review, Juul really seems much better designed as a smoker’s solution than anything that’s come before it. I’m not too crazy about their Virginia Tobacco (haven’t tried Classic) and am uninterested in flavors, but have figured out pod-refilling and taken to putting in unflavored 50mg nic salt liquid. This time out, I’m actually not smoking–so far.

Thank you

    The Prof · October 19, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Hi Claire!

    I’m so glad I could help inform you of why the JUUL is such an effective smoking cessation aid.

    I personally find the classic tobacco better than the Virginia tobacco, but if you’ve found a juice you like and are successfully refilling pods then that’s great! And a good way to save money.

    However you save even more money, and a lot of hassle, by switching to a refillable pod vape like the SMOK Novo. You may also find my guide on how to refill JUUL Pods helpful!

    Best of luck on your quest to quit! Stay strong, you can do it! Especially with nicotine salts on your side! 😉

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