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Step 1: Supplies!

To start off, you will need a few items.

� XBOX 360 Controller
�Torx T-8 Security Screwdriver (you can get a regular T-8 and break the security pieces with a small
flat-head screwdriver though)
� Small phillip's screwdriver
� Painter's tape
� Exact-o-knife or razor blade
�Spray paint (Krylon fusion for plastic is preferred)
� Clear finish
� Sandpaper

Step 2: Disassemble and clean

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First off, you are going to have to disassemble your controller. I'm not going to go into it, I'll just post this video, which yes, I used myself. very helpful.



Make sure to put your circuit board, rumblies, buttons you're not going to paint, screws and springs somewhere safe.

After disassembling, you need to clean your controller thoroughly! I just used cotton balls and rubbing alcohol, some people say to use glass cleanser, it's really just your preference, but cleaning it is key.

Step 3: Sanding

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Now that it is clean, sand it!
I used a sand sponge from Wal-mart, just a few bucks. Fine grain.

Lightly sand your entire controller. Pay closer attention to the shinny buttons - start and back buttons, the triggers, bumpers(entire top piece really) and the D-pad.

Blow or brush the sand off and you are ready to paint next!
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GuyB122 days ago

is it ok if i use spirit alcohol instead of rubbing alcohol? i know this is a old post but just incase you still answer questions i would like to know. Thanks.

XtrixGamer29 days ago
I've started to make a living out of this, creating a custom controller company and all, I sell them 20 dollars each, and custom ones 50 dollars, this helped me so much, also some other things to but this is so helpful
MooseSourberry (author)  XtrixGamer28 days ago

I eagerly await my royalties. :D So glad to have helped you.

Totally gonna do this! I'm thinking gold and silver with this sort of "zebra stripe" design!
rking541 year ago
is sanding absolutely necessary? because my controller is a already pretty smooth
aeszok1 year ago
Is the texture any different on a new black Xbox controller? I'm almost about to paint mine. Also, I'm going to sand>general primer(not plastic, its acrylic)>3 coats of a flat blue enamel>clear coat. Will the enamel over acrylic cause issues?
MooseSourberry (author)  aeszok1 year ago
I see no reason why this would cause issues. :)
Happy Painting!
S.Gipson2 years ago
Do you have to disassemble the x-box controller?
MooseSourberry (author)  S.Gipson2 years ago
Yes! You don't want to paint the buttons and analogs.
Couldn't you just cover the sticks and buttons with painters tape, while being careful to cover the joints and openings
Okay THANKS!!
tzymbra2 years ago
The grainy feeling is a side effect of painting down onto the plastic; when you angle your spray paint like that it tends to spray more propellant rather than actual paint.

You can try to avoid this by spraying in short bursts and if you notice what is coming out of the can is almost entirely white; turn the can back upright and spray for a second into the air and it will usually start spraying color again.

Also making sure the paint is mixed by shaking the can regularly while painting can help with this problem.

The alternative to painting down onto a flat surface is to hang the item and spray it while its hanging in the air, but if you do this you have to be very careful as paint tends to run more painting like that; quick short coats.
VaGxMagnumz3 years ago
i used krylon fusion for plastic as my paint and clear coat but my controller feels almost grainy not glossy
MooseSourberry (author)  VaGxMagnumz3 years ago
Hmm.. I don't know to tell you.. It may have been because weather conditions and that the controller wasn't entirely clean when you painted it...
Do you have to take it apart?
MOST DEFINITELY! You can't paint it with all the buttons and parts inside! Not unless you only wanted it for decoration. Because it will not work if you paint it before disassembling it. 8}
johnsonz254 years ago
Thanks alot, I sprayed this one with "hammered Steel" and it turned out pretty cool, works fine too.
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Sick dude! I love it!
That looks awesome :)
MooseSourberry (author)  johnsonz254 years ago
Wow that is really cool lookin. I know it would have been weird for a little while maybe, but if you had painted the a,b,x, and y buttons as well it would have looked really sweet. lol But nice job.
can i do this with a ps2 controller (side note if anybody knows of a mod to make a xbox 360 controller work in a ps2 that would be great thx)
MooseSourberry (author)  king kolton94 years ago
Oh for sure, you could do this with anything really, your actual console casing, hell a N64. A ps2 controller might be a little more or less complicated but I just dont' really know the specifics Wow I have no idea, but I'm sure it wouldn't be too difficult considering the ps2 controller is smaller, but I am definitely not the person to figure something like that out, lol. Great idea.
thx but what kind of paint do i use to make it look glossy like yours, CaseBoy's second one, and mmcpherson4's (not like johnsonz25's, caseboy's first one and KhronosDiavolos's) thx (ps great job)
MooseSourberry (author)  king kolton94 years ago
I have listed even the type of paint to use in my supplies. Any paint will do as long as it is a "glossy" paint, not flat or matte or satin. Glossy is what you want, but really you could go with flat as long as your clear coat is a glossy since that is the top layer it will do the shining. :] Do show photos if you paint your 'troller.
like put the innards in the xbox 360 controller
mmcpherson44 years ago
hey, i thought yours looked awesome so i went with your design.. :P
thanks dude
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 not sure if it just the pic the joysticks seam to be bubbled or rounded. how did you do that

There ps2 thumb-sticks.. I seem to play better with them.. :P
MooseSourberry (author)  mmcpherson44 years ago
That looks frickin sweet! :D Nice job.
hellstudios4 years ago
and I thought I did a good job at mine.... holy damn dude. nice.
MooseSourberry (author)  hellstudios4 years ago
Well thank ya sir. Yours is pretty spiffy. Too bad you don't play 360 though ;D
CaseBoy4 years ago
where can you buy Krylon fusion???
MooseSourberry (author)  CaseBoy4 years ago
All of the supplies I bought are from Wal-Mart. Any hardware store has Krylon Fusion though. Also, most craft stores carry it too(although the price is jacked way up there.) I would suggest Wal-Mart though, their prices are the lowest!
CaseBoy4 years ago
 oh i spray painted another check it out!!!
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hey man, awesome tutorial! i did something similar, without painters tape. i gave it a rough texture under the gloss, and a stone look.
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MooseSourberry (author)  KhronosDiavolos4 years ago
That is wicked looking! Though, the white start and back buttons look out of place, too bad you didn't make them a gray or maybe even black.
Audi0slave4 years ago
Why do you need to sand it?
MooseSourberry (author)  Audi0slave4 years ago
To make it smooth and so that the paint will adhere to the plastic better.
CaseBoy4 years ago
 here is a pic of my controller
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MooseSourberry (author)  CaseBoy4 years ago
Well that is lookin awesome!
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