Introduction: Color Up Your Xbox 360 Controller!

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In this instructible i will teach you how to color you xbox 360 controller with sharpies (that what i used) or spray paint. Its quite simple really.

WARNING- In this instrucitble you will need to take apart your xbox 360 controller. Doing this you void your warranty with Microsoft.

Step 1: Take It Apart!

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Okay to take apart the Xbox 360 controller you will need a torex 8 screwdriver. (but you can actually get away with using a small flat head). There are 7 screws located on the controller. One is under the sticker where the batter pack is.

Step 2: Gut It!

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Now that you have it taken apat gut it out! take everything and put it somewhere safe.

Step 3: Design.

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Okay you now how two options. You can Draw you own design on it or can can spray paint it a boring color. If you decide to spray paint it the go to the next step.

Okay those who decided to color it and make awesome designs then you need these:

Clear Coat -can be found home depot, lowes etc.

Permanent markers -I used the Bic brand because i like the colors, but sharpie will work fine as well.

"Painters Tape" -A blue colored tape that is used to cover stuff that you do not want to tape.

Step 4: Tape It Up.

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Okay once you done with you awesome design markers the you need to tape it up. To tape it up you need to cover all hole because you do not want the clear coat to be in there the buttons are because it would then get sticky.

If spraying then get it taped up ahead of time and spray and then clear coat it.

Step 5: Clear Coat It !

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Now that it is taped up. And you design is all done, you now need to take you controller part and place it on newspaper and spray it with clear coat. I would suggest 3-4 coats of it. You will know when its ready because it will be shinny.


Step 6: After It Drys.

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Remove the tape and put it back together! Once back together test all buttons and if some are sticky then take it apart and scrape around the holes with a knife.


chnynnpsttxix (author)2015-06-24

I don't have a Th8 screwdriver, so I didn't open the controller. Instead of the clear coat PAINT, I'm going to use a clear coat NAILPOLISH. I know it'll take me longer, but it'll be worth it because I srsly can't find a th8 screwdriver..

ahmedabutahoun2003 (author)2015-06-10

Hmm, nice but how to tape it? Also, is there a way to custom mode (color up) the controller without opening the controller? Because I have sees some with paper (you print the body on paper then draw on it then stick it on the controller) (BTW nice style)

AlluringAngel (author)2013-07-19

I really want to put designs on my controller with acrylic paint. I know it would be thick and make the controller's texture somewhat sticky, but coukdn't you just do some designs on the main part away from the buttons, then put clear spray paint over it? I've been thinking about this but haven't seen any post anywhere about it. And I'd like SOME input before I ruin my controller. (: Thanks!

It should work out fine, you may just need to clear coat it a couple of layers so it'll build up. Good luck and post pictures!

smusso (author)2012-03-10

ok so what about a black controller? Lol I dont have the white one :3

khsora (author)smusso2012-10-18

spray it white then

kwilson11 (author)2012-05-16

i did the same thing with my ps2 controller which was black just use what ever color spray paint as long as you can see your drawings on it and spray that on then once its dry use the markers on it

c0deater (author)2012-02-11

couldnt you just use acrylic paints and entirley cover it say with white then paint over that if dried, mind yourselfs tho cause that paint if toutched or brushed is very easy to mess up

thegamer01 (author)2011-09-08

Do you have to tape it and clear coat it if you are using a broken Xbox 360 controller that got soda all over it?

jrodriguez49 (author)2011-09-05

this is so cool

neo-sky (author)2011-09-02

lol "A blue colored tape that is used to cover stuff that you |do not want to tape.|"

bhitson (author)2011-06-04

why do you have to gut it out? i plan on using markers. do they have to be permanent (like a sharpie)

IamSASORI (author)2011-04-26

y0ur 8unn13 1z 0n 5umth1n.....

inforussle (author)2010-12-20

Btw, Im pretty sure that peeling the sticker off the battery area voids the warranty.... Though that doesnt really matter anyway =P.

SanguineVisions (author)2010-06-24

Made a new one. Sanded the hell out of the controller first so it has a smooth grip as well as edges. Then left it sitting around for a month or so deciding what to do. Came up with some type of patchwork patterns and put a lot of clear coat over it. The sharpie coloring and clear coating took about a couple weeks because of bad weather, but finally got around to it. This may or may not be the final product.

Wow, that IS pretty awesome. Now I must cook up some designs... bwahahaha

Glad it's liked. Unfortunately the clear coat is coming off as well as the sharpie, when spring comes around again I'm going to try and revamp it and spray paint that gray plate on the back white and continue the design on that.

It may just need a few extra coats with plenty of time to dry in between. Double check to see if you can get clear acrylic coating, it usually does better than just a clear coat of spray paint. Unless that's what you're already using, then I'll have to come up with some ideas.

Thanks, I'll try and see if I can get some clear acrylic coating, I put a lot of coats of clear coat spray paint (nearly 10) until the sharpie didn't bleed through.

Looks good man !

Drewhf (author)2009-12-14

the sweat from your palms would make that run like crazy.

myselfandi (author)Drewhf2010-02-24

not unless it dries smart one

mg0930mg (author)myselfandi2010-10-11

You are obviously so smart. Please tell me why the sweat from your palms wouldn't ruin the drawing?

MLA 414 (author)Drewhf2010-01-13

thats what the clear covering is for.

golddigger1559 (author)MLA 4142010-03-08

 sand the handles a bit to create a bit of grip and to "defuse" any drawing that your sanding over

usbmod (author)2009-08-14

it says painters tape is to cover stuf u dont want to tape? god ppl are soo dumn now adayz!

guitarmonk15 (author)usbmod2010-10-05

Hippocrate (screw the spelling). You have a ton of misspellings in your comment! "dumn now adayz" ?!?! Seriously!

mikeytylenol (author)2010-07-23

If you draw on your controller but not were your palms are, do you need clear coat? And it would be like a paint or what?

tysonhe0 (author)2010-07-07

I reckon put a Halo Spartan on it lol

codmod2killa (author)2010-06-27

ima test it on a regular x box remote 1st bcuz if i mess up its juss practice and at 1st there cheaper

cloggy01 (author)2010-04-11

Im not going to clear coat. When I play games on xbox my hand don't sweat so im hoping that wont be much of a problem

ginerationx2 (author)cloggy012010-05-15

 It will be a problem over time, the paint or markers or what you used will run not just from the sweat but from the friction and heat you hands produce while playing the game, i am working on some controllers myself just started and i get my airbrush and conpressor on tueday i will post pictures soon but clear coat is important use krylon fusion clear or duplicolor clear laquer both are fantastic and leave your controller glossy and protected 

Demonic_Ronin (author)2009-01-27

Can this be done with the outer shell of the 360 itself?

 yes it can be done to the case as well as cutting the case and adding plexi glass windows and LEDs ect

well i dont see why not. Same concept.

dewota (author)2009-08-30

I made these here :D

lukecov141 (author)dewota2010-03-27

Was this paint or sharpie. also could you tell me about any primers or gloss coat thingys you new and want to do this.....what paint if paint ....and what type sharpies of sharpies?

beauwalker23 (author)dewota2009-08-30

nice! really good job. keep it up.

SanguineVisions (author)2010-03-15

Here's mine. I didn't clear coat it yet though

myselfandi (author)2010-02-24

That's a beast. Thanks brother!

Trainguyxx (author)2010-01-27

My god this is now one of my favorie istructables =D

I was already going to open up my white 360 contoller because my friend dropped soda on my controller, and the buttons are sticky, but now i can customize it too =D

oh and for opening it, i'd really suggest this: just got it today, and it's awsome

PiratePrincessXx (author)2009-12-12

I used my watercolor pencils. *shrugs* It doesn't really last in places where your hand is but you can change the design whenever you want. But I really like this. ^^

doomsdayltd (author)2009-11-15

 hey i bought testor's clear gloss spray do's that wok to?

beauwalker23 (author)doomsdayltd2009-11-16

Should work out fine. As long as its clear coat.

doomsdayltd (author)beauwalker232009-11-19

 kewl thanks  

@:^) look elvis 

mrtinyourpocket (author)2009-10-23

I agree bic has WAY better colors!!!

NatureBoom21 (author)2009-10-13

OMG sooooo cool! Only problem is that i dont have an xbox 360.....
I need to get one!!!!!

Solderguy (author)NatureBoom212009-10-19

Well, luckily for you they're about to lower the price on the Xbox 360 by $50. I would wait until then to buy one.

alexh934 (author)2008-09-14

this would be so much better if sony made a white ps3 controller because my ps3 controller is so boring

eggyeggyeggy (author)alexh9342009-10-19

You could basecoat with a white spraypaint

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