How to Custom Paint Your XBox 360 Controller

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How to Custom Paint Your XBox 360 Controller
Xbox 360 controllers typically come in only black or white. (controller image by Thommi from

The Xbox 360 console was released in 2005 and features games such as "Halo 3," "Bioshock" and "Gears of War." Some owners like to customise their Xbox 360 consoles, which typically are offered as either black cases with black controllers or white cases with white controllers. If you want to put a new spin on your controller, paint it any colour you want using a few simple steps.

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Things you need

  • Plastic spray paint
  • Plastic spray paint primer
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Sand paper
  • Painter's tape
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife

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  1. 1

    Take apart the Xbox 360 controller by unscrewing the six screws on the back of the device and a seventh at the bottom of the battery case.

  2. 2

    Remove the joysticks, D-pad, shoulder buttons, Xbox 360 logo button, start and select buttons, and the four coloured action buttons. They will pop out of the controller once the screws are loosened.

  3. 3

    Lightly sand down the outside of the controller to remove some of the gloss.

  4. 4

    Cover all of the holes in the controller, where the buttons once were, with painter's tape. Use the utility knife and scissors to make sure the holes are covered all the way so that no paint or primer can get into the controller.

  5. 5

    Spray the controller with two light coats of primer and let the controller dry for about an hour.

  6. 6

    Spray the coloured plastic paint on the controller in light coats so as to not smear the paint or create unattractive air bubbles. Allow the controller to dry for about 24 hours and then reassemble it.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want multi-coloured controllers, use the painter's tape to block off certain sections of the controller and use spray paints of various colours.

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