My Controller is already painted from a past project, but that doesn't change the process. The controller is originally silver.
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Step 1: Materials
1 pair of pliers, big enough to grip the plastic piece in the middle of the steering wheel.
Step 2: Removing the Steering Wheel
Step 3: Removing the Rest of the Screws
Step 4: Pulling the Two Halves Apart
As you pull the two halves apart, pull slowly and straight up to make sure no electronics are bent. The halves might be a little tight at first; just give it a little jimmy and it should come apart.
Step 5: Removing the Electronics
- remove the circuit board that the SD card can slide into.
- Remove the circuit board that the E Button on the right side of the controller is connected to.
- I like to divide the controller into two parts of removing electronics. Once I get the lower half, I like to move those out of the way to keep things slightly organized. This includes removing the battery holder and power button.
- Along with removing the " lower half " make sure you keep the screws separated because the upper half ones are bigger.
- The screen and scroller wheel is the next thing I like to do.
- To do this, there are 3 big screws that must be removed.
- The throttle unit must be removed.
- To remove this, there are also 3 screws.
- The Screen and Scroller unit needs to be removed and out of the way to access the third screw on the throttle unit.
- The last unit to be removed is the 4 button unit that has the A-D Buttons on it.
- There are also 3 more screws to remove this unit.
- Once the 3 screws are removed, you must remove the 4 "T" buttons. Each one has a small pin that sticks in the unit.j
- After this unit and all the buttons are removed you are almost ready to paint.
- In the picture on the 6th step, before you paint, the plastic piece that is in the bearing must be removed along with the two bearings.
- You must also remove the antena, and just like the battery holder and power button, it just slips out.
- In the final product you should have two plastic halves with no metal, or extra plastic pieces in it.
Step 6: Finished Product
Make sure the paint dries before touching it, other wise you will see your finger prints in it. It's best to let it air dry, but I used a heat gun on a LOW setting. Mask off the openings so paint doesn't get in on the inside, otherwise the electronics might not fit.