How to Paint Your PS3 Controller

Written by ryan lawrence
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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
  • Rags
  • Towel
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • Professional painter's masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Canvas dust sheet
  • Acrylic spray primer
  • Acrylic spray enamel

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  1. 1

    Unplug the PS3 controller from your PlayStation gaming system.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Abrade the PS3 controller so primer will adequately adhere. Sand the controller until the plastic feels gritty.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.

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