Introduction: Custom Xbox 360 Faceplate

Learn how to repaint a xbox 360 faceplate to suit your needs/tastes.

I recently bought a remote for my xbox 360. The remote came with a custom faceplate, however it was white and would not match my elite well. Since it was practically free, and they are dirt cheap, I decided to repaint it.

Step 1: Inspect

I carefully looked over each area and decided the best way to operate on it.

Step 2: Remove Doors

Remove the memory doors and usb doors

Step 3: Remove Buttons

Carefully remove the two buttons as shown in the images.

Step 4: Remove IR

This is hard to do, don't break it or it will look stupid.

Step 5: Sand

Sand it or it will look like shit.

Step 6: Prime

Prime it or it will look like dog shit, trust me i have ruined many models from not priming, so just do it.

Step 7: Paint

Let your primer dry at least one hour, i waited 2 hours.

Then let your paint dry at least one hour

Step 8: Unwrap

Unwrap all your masking tape.

Step 9: Install Doors

Install the doors.

Step 10: Install Buttons and IR

Install buttons and IR

Step 11: Epoxy Things Down

Now you have to ensure your stuff doesn't move.

BTW Syringe epoxy is the most useless thing ever created.

Step 12: Admire

I am happy with my work, except slot b, which i sprayed too long with the final coat.

Total pictures taken 101
Total pictures used 60 (I shit you not go count them)
Ratio 60%

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senario 158 made it! (author)2009-01-18

i thought u were going to go :o again

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mmeroney made it! (author)mmeroney2011-10-02

No, no, no, It's :0 (a zero). :)

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nokittymypotpi3 made it! (author)2010-01-31

Wait so how did you avoid getting paint on the middle clear Power button, where you can see the green light?

Hope to try this soon once I get a reply ^.^

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sbrown made it! (author)sbrown2010-01-31

Just pop it out, it comes out really easy

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joelyboy94 made it! (author)joelyboy942011-08-27

hi there,
ive managed to get the circular power button out but i can't get the plastic power icon out within that. I dont want to spray over it coz itll look crap - ive tried forcing it out and it rips the plastic off!
please help!
thanks

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ccontreras-1 made it! (author)2011-03-06

:0

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junits15 made it! (author)2010-12-29

I'm never going to see that USB cover the same way again. Also nice shitbrix joke too haha! :)

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nokittymypotpi3 made it! (author)2010-01-31

I just found out we have differeent face plates

http://console.hardocp.com/image.html?image=MTE0ODI3MzIyODhhSHBOazV6RFNfMl80X2wuanBn

mine is like the one on the left and yours is like the one on the right >.>

So I guess I'm just going to paint over the center light  ;P

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CaseBoy made it! (author)CaseBoy2010-12-14

same with mine had to paint over

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ryandale1234 made it! (author)2010-12-04

think il just mask over mine

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sbrown made it! (author)sbrown2010-12-04

how unwise

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MoshBoshKid made it! (author)2010-11-01

how did you mnage to keep the "on" symbol in the midle without paint on it ??

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sbrown made it! (author)sbrown2010-11-01

The clear plastic part comes out

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BombermanBob made it! (author)2008-11-15

how do i even get the face plate off my halo3 xbox360

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YAMAHAMMER made it! (author)YAMAHAMMER2008-12-06

THIS IS HOW I DID MINE. JUST SIMPLE ACRYLIC. IT ALLOWS FOR TEXTURING THOUGH. ALSO ADDED THE B BUTTON JUMPER SO I DONT HAVE TO TAKE MY THUMB OFF THE STICK TO MELEE.

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RMConstruction made it! (author)RMConstruction2010-10-30

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sbrown made it! (author)sbrown2008-12-06

Nice!

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sbrown made it! (author)sbrown2008-11-15

If you notice a seam, look at the bottom of the faceplate (if it is standing up). There should be a little indent were you can grab it. You have to pull fairly hard.

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CaseBoy made it! (author)2010-09-21

just made one will post a pic

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J 4 M I 3 made it! (author)2010-08-30

how did you remove that lttle button in the middle. Please reply

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nokittymypotpi3 made it! (author)2010-01-31

how do you pop it out? In the tutorial I only saw you take off the transparent circle around it but not the middle center light.

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Head Wound made it! (author)2008-07-21

What no clear coat?

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sbrown made it! (author)sbrown2008-07-22

You think it needs one?

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Head Wound made it! (author)Head Wound2008-07-22

A clear coat protects the paint color from chipping and ware and tear. Nothing is worst that putting a lot of effort in a custom paint job just to see the paint chip off and see the original color of the object underneath, in your case the original color of the faceplate. From what I seen you did a good job painting the face place, you did nice thin coats of silver paint will almost no drip marks (well none I can see). Also the clear coat, if done right makes a nice surface easily polish to a nice shine.

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yobwoc made it! (author)yobwoc2009-11-20

Unless you have a destuctive:
sibling
roommate
parent (lol)
or neighbor,
you don't need heavy duty covering. It's not like you need to do anything that would harm the case in any way to make the console work...

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sbrown made it! (author)sbrown2009-11-20

Exactly. Every time i plug in anything, i fold the door in with my finger anyway. So far i have had no scratches on my faceplate

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Z-and-B-inc made it! (author)Z-and-B-inc2009-01-12

When is your faceplate getting ware or tear? It's attached to the xbox which shouldn't be flying across the room.

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sbrown made it! (author)sbrown2009-01-13

I think he means with the plug and memory card doors. I've had no problems and its been like 8 months.

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sbrown made it! (author)sbrown2008-07-22

I didn't think it would be a big deal. I can't really change it now, everything epoxied up. Next one I make I'll be sure to clear coat it thanks for the tips.

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old_bass_masta made it! (author)2009-10-02

lawlz at the :0 in almost every step. you sir are great.

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xxninjanickxx69 made it! (author)2009-10-01

yo what about some clear coat well ill just do it anyway cant hurt nuthin thnx for the tutorial great one this will help me aloot :0

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spartanleader_117 made it! (author)2009-09-21

TY THX for the guide, xbox looks freaking awesome, repainted it a solid red with the lambo insignia stenciled in the sides, thx for the guide again.

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mrdepo96 made it! (author)2009-08-11

must... resist... doing... a rising sun design on my xbox!

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mrdepo96 made it! (author)mrdepo962009-08-11

what's that tag mean when it says don't break these?

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sbrown made it! (author)sbrown2009-09-12

Very thin plastic tabs that hold the button in place

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lilalex made it! (author)2009-07-31

HE||S YEAH, SB! Thanks for the sweet tute - minus the lack of a final clear coat this is probably the best How To's on faceplate painting I've seen.

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hu777 made it! (author)2009-07-22

Dude wtf..... THERES 74 PICS!

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EarlyGrayce made it! (author)2009-07-21

Great Instructable. One thing got me though, the colour. I told my girlfriend what colour you painted it and she almost wet herself laughing. I got a silver faceplate for $5 from my local game shop a few years ago. Otherwise a great tutorial for the people that miss the obvious like having to disassemble the unit to make the IR and lights stay working. I also like the work others have done to theirs and think it is time for me to mod one of my older 360s.

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fidgetingfinch made it! (author)2009-07-06

I just made a faceplate today using this guide. I made it look like the paint job on the BMW M3 from NFS Most Wanted. I am so impressed with it, it is so amazing. It is painted metallic blue and metallic silver, with the M3 GTR badge stenciled on, and the power button is painted to look like the BMW logo. This guide really helped in making it. Thanks.

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irondaddy made it! (author)2009-01-13

what u guys think of these?????????????

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nabzaf made it! (author)nabzaf2009-07-02

now that is cool

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redstarsrbija made it! (author)2009-06-25

i followed this instructable really closely and mine turned out great :)

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sbrown made it! (author)sbrown2009-06-25

Why is your xbox on lego, and why aren't the buttons painted? Other than that it looks freeking awesome

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redstarsrbija made it! (author)redstarsrbija2009-06-26

thats my lego xbox 360 stand haha everything that isn't painted gold is painted silver :) including the buttons lol

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SpaceGhost2K made it! (author)2009-06-22

I run the faceplate database over at xboxaddict.com. If you guys send me good pics of your plates, I'll add them to the database. There are over 1.400 plates in there, right now. We've also got a couple of tutorials from other customizers.

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Ryan Shirley made it! (author)2009-06-04

:0

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Ryan Shirley made it! (author)2009-06-04

i cant resist

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miqt made it! (author)2009-03-03

oh dang..i just finished painting my whole xbox 360 red :) it's amazing, i just used special (and extra expensive) thin as heck acidic spray paint made for plastic, so i didn't even need to prime or clear coat, but i wish i would have checked this instructable out first, because i kinda jacked up the faceplate :0 lol so ya...but it's ok, i just messed up the little usb door..everything else is decent and it looks SICK!!! oooh, i see you have 2 face plates now.....do you need them both? maybe i could get one from you.

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TomArnison made it! (author)TomArnison2009-05-27

buy one at best buy or gamestop 15 bucks

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sbrown made it! (author)sbrown2009-03-03

Show pics of your xbox :D Also, no point in wasting like 10 dollars shipping it to you, when you can buy them for like 8 dollars.

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