How To DIY Paint the Xbox 360?

How To DIY Paint the Xbox 360?

Gregory Han
Sep 17, 2013

Q: I've always liked the idea of customizing my Xbox 360 a different color. But as much as I like the options and results offered by companies like Colorware, $199 is well beyond my budget as a student. Has anyone out there successfully done a DIY paint job with their console? And if so, are there any tips for making the paint stick and stay durable? I'm not looking for a "drippy" finish!

Sent by Luke

Editor: As someone who had to regularly spray paint plastic items during a previous stint in the toy industry, I'd can offer two bits of advice for any plastic paint project:

1) Sand down the surface using a fine grit sandpaper before painting, and while painting,

2) While painting, apply several coats from at a foor away and with very light coverage, allowing enough time for each application to dry before adding another layer.

Patience is the key when painting plastic; try to paint too quickly and the chances of a running drip and uneven finish increases.

Here's a useful resource for custom console painting from reader boards to refer to before painting your console, alongside a video below showing the process in action:

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