How To Spray Paint A Xbox 360 Controller

If you want to know how to spray paint a Xbox 360 controller, you should be warned that this can obviously screw up your pretty toy. If you go to conventions, you have probably noticed many of the top gamers have customized controllers to feel better about themselves. A new paint job can be accomplished but patience and meticulous taping are required if you do not want to end up with a sticky piece of junk.

To spray paint a Xbox 360 controller, you will need:

  • Xbox 360 controller
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Spray paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Tweezers
  1. Prep work. To spray paint a Xbox 360 controller, first you have to unscrew the seven screws and remove the cover. You will want to gently sand the cover to allow the spray paint to stick easier. After you are done, clean the controller cover with the rubbing alcohol to remove any debris.
  2. Tape. Use the painter’s tape to seal the insides of all Xbox 360 controller holes. This is a critical step because if paint gets in the holes, you will have sticky button issues. For some of the tougher holes like the Start button, you will be slicing up the tape into slivers and getting it in there anyway you can. Tweezers and a lot of patience are required to do a proper job.
  3. Paint. Now spray paint that bugger. Some spray paint colors will need either primer or multiple coats, so take your time. Remember to allow the paint to dry completely before you even think about removing the tape.
  4. Inspect and play. Now remove the tape. If you got some spray paint inside a hole, use paint remover and Q-tips to clean it off before you reassemble the Xbox 360 controller. While this is a huge hassle, it is pretty much the only way to ensure your buttons will not stick. Screw the controller back together and test it out.
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