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How do I paint a N64 so it is shiny?

 I want to custom color my n64. around on the web i have seen quite a bit of n64s that have been custom painted. And some of them are very very shiny, like the original fat PS3 finish. I was hoping to try and create such effect but don't know where to start...

mikeasaurus4 years ago
Here's the process if you want a pro job:
The case for the N64 is relatively smooth already, but has a slight texture on it. You'll need to create a smooth base to work on before any paint is applied. Start by disassembling your N64, this will save you making any mistakes and having to mask off areas.

Sandpaper comes in different coarseness, the lower the number the more coarse it is. Start somewhere around 400 grit and work your way up to a less coarse grit, somewhere like 1000. Clean between sanding with a damp cloth. Eventually your case will be very smooth.

Next, apply a primer coat. Primers are used to ensure adhesion to the case, and will also provide a solid base for the colour you are choosing. Read the direction on the can of spray paint. Many fine painting jobs are ruined from improper use of aerosol paint. Once primer is dry give it a light sanding using a fine grit sandpaper (1000+). Apply your paint colour in the same fashion as the primer, sand again when dry between coats. The more coats the 'deeper' the colour.
Take your time, paint is easy to apply but difficult to achieve a good look.

For a less time consuming method (and less awesome finished product) feel free to abreviate or skip any of the steps outlined above. Good luck.
timweaver17 (author)  mikeasaurus4 years ago
 thanks! any suggestions on where to find like a combo pack of sand paper grits so I dont have to buy 50 sheets of paper?
Depending on where you shop, I've seen sandpaper available per sheet as well as in a combo pack. Either way, you shouldn't be spending more than $10 on sandpaper.

I noticed in a separate reply you were asking about buffing. Buffing works when something is already smooth and you want to bring out the lustre (shine). You'll need a solid smooth base to start, then a sick paint job by doing the steps mentioned in my original reply.


First, remove the shell and sand the it down a bit, evenly though, then take it outside and spray it with multiple layers(sand between each application) of glossy clear coat or glossy paint. And thats pretty much it.
andy707074 years ago
I would either suggest getting some glossy varnish or metallic/shiny spray (enamel) paint and use either a few coats of gloss varnish over the normal paint or spray paint would probably be a lot easier, quicker, and give a better finish.
Ditto the others about the sanding. Wet/dry sandpaper combo packs, buffing pads and compounds made for plastic can be found at your local Home Improvment big box store in the tool area. Just read the back of the packages to determine which pads and compounds to use to get a high gloss on your case. You will need more than one polishing compound for best results, and a separate pad for each compound.
Burf4 years ago
Paint it in whatever color scheme you want and then let the paint cure thoroughly. I recommend at least one week, then sand the entire finish very lightly with 400 grit sandpaper, removing any runs or rough spots and then give it several light coats of a clear, high gloss polyurethane spray paint. The more coats of clear, the deeper the shine. You'll have a brilliant, high gloss finish when done.
timweaver17 (author)  Burf4 years ago
 I remember reading somewere using WET 1000 grit sand paper, does this sound right? also, buffing it... do you agree here?
See past answers regarding polishing things. Making something shiny involves producing a very smooth surface. That can be approached by polishing the surface with progressively finer grits (each stage with finer grit makes the flaws that much smaller -- buffing can be considered an extremely gentle/fine grit), or by coating the surface with something that will flow to level out the flaws (wax, varnish, etc), or a combination of the two.
Yeah, but that will be after the clear finish is applied.  But it has been my experience that unless you're building a show car, this is unnecessary.  If you do a good job with the painting, you'll have a more than satisfactory shine without the final sand and buff.
I'm using a MS wireless keyboard right now that I painted and finished as I described in my first post and it has a gloss that looks factory applied.