Color Up Your Xbox 360 Controller!

About: I'm a 15 year old kid who loves to make stuff with his hands. I hate having to pay someone to fix something, that why i like to fix it myself!

In this instructible i will teach you how to color you xbox 360 controller with sharpies (that what i used) or spray paint. Its quite simple really.

WARNING- In this instrucitble you will need to take apart your xbox 360 controller. Doing this you void your warranty with Microsoft.

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Step 1: Take It Apart!

Okay to take apart the Xbox 360 controller you will need a torex 8 screwdriver. (but you can actually get away with using a small flat head). There are 7 screws located on the controller. One is under the sticker where the batter pack is.

Step 2: Gut It!

Now that you have it taken apat gut it out! take everything and put it somewhere safe.

Step 3: Design.

Okay you now how two options. You can Draw you own design on it or can can spray paint it a boring color. If you decide to spray paint it the go to the next step.

Okay those who decided to color it and make awesome designs then you need these:

Clear Coat -can be found home depot, lowes etc.

Permanent markers -I used the Bic brand because i like the colors, but sharpie will work fine as well.

"Painters Tape" -A blue colored tape that is used to cover stuff that you do not want to tape.

Step 4: Tape It Up.


Okay once you done with you awesome design markers the you need to tape it up. To tape it up you need to cover all hole because you do not want the clear coat to be in there the buttons are because it would then get sticky.

If spraying then get it taped up ahead of time and spray and then clear coat it.

Step 5: Clear Coat It !

Now that it is taped up. And you design is all done, you now need to take you controller part and place it on newspaper and spray it with clear coat. I would suggest 3-4 coats of it. You will know when its ready because it will be shinny.


Step 6: After It Drys.

Remove the tape and put it back together! Once back together test all buttons and if some are sticky then take it apart and scrape around the holes with a knife.

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    83 Discussions


    4 years ago

    I don't have a Th8 screwdriver, so I didn't open the controller. Instead of the clear coat PAINT, I'm going to use a clear coat NAILPOLISH. I know it'll take me longer, but it'll be worth it because I srsly can't find a th8 screwdriver..


    Hmm, nice but how to tape it? Also, is there a way to custom mode (color up) the controller without opening the controller? Because I have sees some with paper (you print the body on paper then draw on it then stick it on the controller) (BTW nice style)


    6 years ago

    I really want to put designs on my controller with acrylic paint. I know it would be thick and make the controller's texture somewhat sticky, but coukdn't you just do some designs on the main part away from the buttons, then put clear spray paint over it? I've been thinking about this but haven't seen any post anywhere about it. And I'd like SOME input before I ruin my controller. (: Thanks!

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    Reply 6 years ago

    It should work out fine, you may just need to clear coat it a couple of layers so it'll build up. Good luck and post pictures!


    7 years ago on Step 6

    ok so what about a black controller? Lol I dont have the white one :3

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    7 years ago on Step 6

    i did the same thing with my ps2 controller which was black just use what ever color spray paint as long as you can see your drawings on it and spray that on then once its dry use the markers on it


    7 years ago on Step 6

    couldnt you just use acrylic paints and entirley cover it say with white then paint over that if dried, mind yourselfs tho cause that paint if toutched or brushed is very easy to mess up


    8 years ago on Step 5

    Do you have to tape it and clear coat it if you are using a broken Xbox 360 controller that got soda all over it?


    8 years ago on Step 3

    lol "A blue colored tape that is used to cover stuff that you |do not want to tape.|"


    8 years ago on Step 5

    why do you have to gut it out? i plan on using markers. do they have to be permanent (like a sharpie)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Btw, Im pretty sure that peeling the sticker off the battery area voids the warranty.... Though that doesnt really matter anyway =P.

    Made a new one. Sanded the hell out of the controller first so it has a smooth grip as well as edges. Then left it sitting around for a month or so deciding what to do. Came up with some type of patchwork patterns and put a lot of clear coat over it. The sharpie coloring and clear coating took about a couple weeks because of bad weather, but finally got around to it. This may or may not be the final product.

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    Glad it's liked. Unfortunately the clear coat is coming off as well as the sharpie, when spring comes around again I'm going to try and revamp it and spray paint that gray plate on the back white and continue the design on that.

    It may just need a few extra coats with plenty of time to dry in between. Double check to see if you can get clear acrylic coating, it usually does better than just a clear coat of spray paint. Unless that's what you're already using, then I'll have to come up with some ideas.

    Thanks, I'll try and see if I can get some clear acrylic coating, I put a lot of coats of clear coat spray paint (nearly 10) until the sharpie didn't bleed through.