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This is a step-by-step of how I custom painted my nintendo 64 for no money
 
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Step 1: Open 'er up!

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In order to get a clean paint job and avoid gumming up the works, you'll want to remove the plastic shell from the n64 in order to paint it.
the first obstacle here is the screws on the bottom. there are six of them, and they require a certain type of screwdriver. It's called a 4.5 mm gamebit and it works for n64 and gamecube (picture included). If you plan on taking apart a lot of nintendo consoles, I think it's a good investment but if you are like me and hesitant to purchase things off the internet for one time use only, don't fear! there is another way and it involves a bic pen (those clear plastic ones work best- again, pic included). here's what you do. unplug the n64 and remove the game cartridge and the jumper pack. flip it over, belly up. remove the ink and cap from the bic pen. you can use either end of the pen for this next step but I found the butt end was more durable. hold the end of the plastic pen tube over a flame to soften the plastic. you don't want the plastic to get drippy, but it should be fairly soft. Then jam the soft end down onto one of the screws and hold it until it dries. VOILA! a cheap gamebit screwdriver! the only problem is that these wear out quickly and they are A LOT harder to make once the screws are already out so I would recommend making one new one for each screw you remove, that way you will be sure to have plenty when you go to put the screws back in. ( this way you will only need 3 pens because you can use both ends)
This is a great tutorial and I LOVE your tip about the pen screwdriver.
Gabezilla (author)  x3samanthasue3 years ago
thanks!
just make sure you make plenty of pen screwdrivers before you unscrew everything. They wear down quickly, and they're hard to make once you've removed all the screws.
Cool Instructable...Never woiuld of thought of using a BIC pen though..nice job! I'll give this a try...my N64  seems a little grey..and...normal..Lol
Gabezilla (author)  Furball_Fidelis4 years ago
 yes. normally I wouldn't condone painting a classic system like this, but mine was covered in childish sharpie doodles- it was time to grow up. haha.
pbnfish5 years ago
I'm going to try to customize an old NES and the controllers. I was trying to decide whether or not to acutally paint a base coat using a white paint, like Molotow, as a primer or not.But, your N64 results look great so I think I may just go with using white spray paint as the base coat.

I'd like to put a Nintendo based design on it, but haven't decided who to go with here: Marios Bros, Kirby... Zelda... Or maybe I'll just try to incorporate various themes. Hmm... Well, if I actually getaround to doing this I'll post up a picture. 
Gabezilla (author)  pbnfish5 years ago
 I may have mentioned this in my instructable, but the white dried much better here than the purple. The purple was a little rubbery or grippy, like a skin, but the white dried quickly and had no effect on the original texture of the n64. the reason, I believe, is that the white paint was enamel. If you research paint types I'm sure you'll get a good answer, but I would recommend using enamel spray paint, or at least beginning with it. also, you can get spray varnish which will make a nice clear coat over your paint job and protect it from dirt and smudges. good luck! I hope it comes out awesome.
Hey thanks!

I did the basecoat using flat white acrylic paint though. It crackled a bit in one corner but I'll persevere. I tried looking for enamel at my local art store but couldn't find it. I did get a varnish though.

Any way, now all the hard stuff is coming... Painting Yoshi and Kirby and King Dedede and other Nintendo characters onto it. Haha.  
oh wow thanks for the helpful tip :)
mikeasaurus5 years ago
clever trick with the bic pen, by expanding the concept further to other types of screws you have the making of your next instructable! Nice paint job!