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I had an old beat up NES system that I wanted to refurbish and bring back to life. In this day and age, NES systems are fairly retro so I decided I would go with a retro feel to the paint job. Nothing says retro like gold and wood grain. All it needs now is a scotch and some leather bound books. The carbon fiber was just out of pure curiosity to see how it would look in combination. I think it adds an interesting contrast. Hope you like it!

Step 1: Base Coats

So I neglected to take pictures of the break down process but it is fairly simple (Sorry!). There are a dozen or so screws on the bottom of the Nintento and inside that must be removed. Once the processing board is taken out, you are left with two halfs of the shell. The top half, controller, and gun zapper i painted beige in preparation for the wood grain hydrographic film. With the bottom part, I went with a metalic silver mixed with a bit of blue for the carbon fiber. All the accent pieces were painted with metalic gold. All of this was done with automotive paint. It seems to be the best for the hydrodipping process and allows for a durable paint job once it's all done.

Step 2: Wood Grain and Gold Top

The top was dipped in a wood grain pattern. I then masked off the venting and painted underneath it gold. You will see in a later picture how that adds a nice perspective illusion to the top. depending on where you stand, you can see the gold come through the venting.

Step 3: Bottom Dipped in Carbon Fiber

The bottom was dipped through a carbon fiber pattern film. (Sorry for no photos of the dipping process. since I do it all by myself, there is no one to take pictures when both my hands are occupied.) The nice thing about hydrodipping is it contours to the shape of the object very nicely with minimal warping of the pattern if you do it right.

Quick rundown of hydrodipping :

- paint the object with a hard enamel paint (automotive paint works very well)

- get a suitable tank and fill with 95-100 degree water

- lay film on water for 1 minute - spray with film activator - press object through the liquid film

- rinse piece off of any sticky disolved film (ink pattern should stay adhered to the enamel paint)

- clearcoat to protect from damage

Step 4: Gun and Controller Dips

Dismantling the controller and gun were very simple. just a few screws and they popped apart. It is important that ALL electronics are removed from the objects you want to dip as they will be fully submerged in water. With the controller, once the wood grain film was transferred on and allowed to try overnight, I masked it off and painted the face of it gold.

Step 5: Puting the Piece Back Together

Once you get a nice clear coat on and allow it to dry, it is time to put all the piece back on!

Step 6: Controller Rebuilt

this is the controller front and back. replacing the buttons and electronics was very simple. there are 6 screws you need to make sure are in place. They will hold the electronic board in place. there are rubber fittings between the plastic buttons and the board that must be in place for it to work properly. One of the most important parts was cleaning the painted buttons to make sure they fit properly in their proper spots. I used an xacto knife to clean off any unnecessary paint and they fit perfectly!

Step 7: Rebuilt Zapper

Once the wood grain was done, I masked it off and painted the bottom and hand grip gold. Putting the zapper back together was slightly tricky, the trigger mechanism must be put back properly with the springs in place or it will not fire correctly. Once all the electronics and trigger mechanism were back in place it was as easy as putting the other half on and screwing them together.

Step 8: Final Product

Once everything was put back together, I threw the rubber footings back on it with some glue and she was done! Everything is in working order. It still plays games perfectly. Hope you liked my project. Again, I apologize not every step was documented but I hope there was enough there to give you some inspiration for you next project!

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<p>is that a phone case?</p>
<p>This is a phenomenal build!amazing job. I have 2 original NES just sitting around. I think I will try this. Funny enough I found carbon fiber decals and wood grain decal stickers at my local dollar store. 12x12 in sheet packs for $3. Might be a great alternative for the dipping. :)</p>
<p>I would like to see how it turns out! Thanks for the comment and best of luck on your project!</p>
<p>Did you hydro dip this yourself or did you have it done by someone else?</p>
i do it all myself. i have a set up in my garage. i use a 150 gallon stock tank.
<p>Nice! You should make an Instructable on DIY hydrodip. I've seen some videos of it and it is so mesmerizing to watch.</p>
very nice paing job! i love it!
I think the carbon fiber and wood zapper looks freaking awesome!
Looks badass
Nice job! I've done Xbox 360 and PS3's before, but never seen a nes done. I love it and think I've got something to do next weekend.
<p>cool idea! but carbon fiber and wood don't match very well IMHO...</p>
The next instruct able you produce should be a holder for your camera! By the way, this was a great idea. I loved my old NES until my kids thrashed it!
I love it. At first I was a little concerned about ruining a classic but, this was genius. So very well done. I love all of it. Well done
thanks so much!
Dude! Bravo! I freakin love it!
<p>Glad you like it!</p>
That is awesome.
<p>Thanks!</p>
<p>Swanky! And the wood grain looks so good :)</p>
<p>Hey thanks! I am in love with wood grain patterns on everything. Even my macbook is wood grained. </p>
not gonna say anything bad but I think all gold and wood or all gold and carbon would look amazing.
<p>i did struggle with that decision. I ultimately decided that I wanted to see what the crossover between the &quot;old fashioned&quot; material and &quot;new age&quot; material would look like. I appreciate the comment though! Thanks!</p>

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