Controllers are an integral part of Sony's PlayStation 3 gaming system. If you attempt to apply paint directly to one of these plastic controllers, peeling will rapidly ensue. Before trying to change the colour of a PS3 controller using paint, prepare the plastic for its new finishe. Professionals improve the adhesive qualities of plastic items by abrading it with sandpaper. If you want to generate a lasting finish on this type of PlayStation component, employ the same tactic.
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Things you need
- Water-based soap
- 100-grit sandpaper
- Professional painter's masking tape
- Canvas dust sheet
- Acrylic spray primer
- Acrylic spray enamel
Unplug the PS3 controller from your PlayStation gaming system.
Clean the PS3 controller using soap and a clean damp rag. Don't oversaturate the rag, or water could drain into the interior of the device. Wipe the controller with a fresh damp rag and dry it with a towel.
Abrade the PS3 controller so primer will adequately adhere. Sand the controller until the plastic feels gritty.
Meticulously shield any part of the PS3 controller you'd prefer be unpainted, including the control knobs, buttons and control pad. Use a low-tack painter's tape.
Spray the PS3 controller with an acrylic spray primer. Add only a light coating; avoid runs and sags by keeping an 8-inch space between the controller and spraying nozzle. Let dry for three hours.
Spray the PS3 controller with an acrylic spray enamel. Add only a light coating; keep an 8-inch space between the controller and spraying nozzle. Let the controller dry for three hours before removing the painter's tape.
Tips and warnings
- Acrylic enamel will provide a glossy, durable finish to PS3 controllers. Don't use ordinary latex spray paint on a PlayStation component, or fading and chipping may result.