Custom Painting a Controller | Zoe Lambert | Skillshare

Custom Painting a Controller

Zoe Lambert, Programmer, Maker

Custom Painting a Controller

Zoe Lambert, Programmer, Maker

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9 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Disassemble

    • 3. Masking

    • 4. Sanding

    • 5. Primer

    • 6. Painting

    • 7. Sealer

    • 8. Reassemble

    • 9. Conclusion and class project

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About This Class

A custom controller is a great way to show off your personality. In this course, you will learn what it takes to paint your own controller. I will be walking you through all the step to get a great looking paint job. I have provided a few examples below including the one painted in this course.

A materials list is provided in the resources section.




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Zoe Lambert

Programmer, Maker



My name is Zoe Lambert and I have a passion for robotics, art, and programming. I am always working on a project. My favorite ideas to work on involve video game design, crazy robots, and artwork. I also spend much of my free time mentoring middle and high school-aged students on robotics and robotics related topics.

I spend a lot of my time learning new things and look forward to sharing my knowledge with the community.

I plan to teach courses covering a variety of topics including:

1.) Robotics/Programming

2.) Animatronics

3.) 3D modeling/3D printing

4.) Video Game Design

5.) DIY projects









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1. Introduction: Hey, I'm Zoe and I'm a maker who loves to play video games. One of my favorite things to do is at a custom flair to my controller. This is the course where you're gonna learn how to give your control or some personality. I'm going to be demonstrating it on creating this custom controller with the orange to red faith. You can apply this to any controller that you have at home. It all follows the same steps. We'll go over the steps to disassemble a mask and sand your controller to get it ready to be painted. Well, apply primer. Get it all painted up in the way you want. Feel it to make sure that the paint job will last for a long time and then reassemble it just in time to get it ready for gaming again. I hope that you will join me for this course is going to be a fun one, and you'll come out with the great product in the end 2. Disassemble: first up, depending our controller is to take out all the electrical components way. Do not want to get any paint on the cables or the buttons because that will make home party use in the future and generally doesn't look is good. I start out by removing the screws on the back of the controller. This controller is fairly simple, so there's only five screws on the back of that I need to remove. Be very careful not to lose this cruise for taking apart the controller as you'll need Thies to put the controller back together later. Sure them in a safe place. When you take them out of plastic, it may take a few tries to get the screws to come out all the way. I'm taking out the shoulder buttons now and the pads for those shoulder buttons along with the electron ICS. They're connected to the U. S. B cable For this controller. He's all safely are stored in a bag that I have access to and kans it closed so I don't lose any of the parts. The last components to come out or the buttons way don't want to paint the buttons because that will make him hard to press later. The only two parts that I want or the back of the controller and the front face of the controller all the rest of the components are inside this plastic bag. So that way they're safe and nothing will get lost. Now you have your parts of the controller that you want to paint, and we can move on to the next step. 3. Masking: I'm going to mask off part of my controller that I don't want to get painted. I like the color that it iss Using my masking tape. I will lay down strips onto the part that I don't want to be painted. I do this until the spot that I don't want three painted. It's fully covered. Now that I have the part that I don't want to be painted fully covered, I'm going to use an Exacto knife to trim off the extra. Be very careful when you do this so that you don't cut yourself. I'm trying to be very precise here, so I only cut in the circle. I'm trying really hard not to cut other parts of the controller and Onley to go through the tape. You may need to press the tape down harder to make sure that it's sticking all the way. This will make it easier to trim off the excess. This is my final cut, and once I'm done with this, we could move on to the next step, which will be sending the controller 4. Sanding: to make sure that the primer and the paint sticks really well. We need to lightly sand the controller, sanding the controller, these low scuff marks that grabs onto the paint really well. I use 1000 grit sandpaper. For this. You only need to do a little bit, but you want to make sure to cover any part to the controller that will be painted. There's no need Teoh sand the inside of the controller because this won't get any paint on it. Once you feel you have reached all parts of the controller, even the small edges, then you are done. Sandy. The next step will be to prime the controller, so that way, everything is a uniform color and the pain will go on evenly. 5. Primer: toe prime. My controller. I'm using a cry lawn color master primer. Do you want to apply the primer evenly and doing short bursts across the controller, making sure to hold the can a few inches away from the object you were painting? It may take a couple of layers of primer to be able to get the controller fully covered. I would suggest doing several light coats. Two or three should be good. 6. Painting: I will be airbrush painting my controller. But beefing concepts worked for both air brushing and scraping. You can choose whatever works best for you. For this controller. I'm doing a yellow to red faith. The yellow is going to turn out a more orange color. But I had this in mind when I was painting it. Uh, just because the yellow and the red will mix slightly. So I'm going to do this first layer of yellow and then I'm going to switch out to a red and do the other side. As you can see here, I have already done both the red and the yellow sides. I'm just checking to make sure that my first layer of paint is dry. I'm going back in and adding in some or red. I want to make the red a lot darker, and I didn't fully cover the controller on the red side. In my first test, you'll wanna paint in layers and do light layers because this will give you it overall. Better look to the controller if you try to do too much at once. The paint can run and fronting. Paint doesn't drive very well, and it doesn't look very good, and I'm going to be switching my paint over to the yellow so I can fade into it. One thing that I like about the airbrush is that I can just switch out the colors and they're some of the previous color left in the airbrush. So it makes doing this fate a lot easier because it naturally mixes as the new paint search coming through. And I can get a fade from red to yellow a lot easier. After I'm done, I'm going to let the controller sit for several hours. I usually wait about six hours before I apply the sealer, which is the next step. This. Make sure that the pain is thoroughly dry and there's no cross contamination between the sealer and the paint that you used to paint the controller and you come out with a nice finish 7. Sealer: after you have given your controller plenty of time to dry, it's finally time to seal it. I'm using the cry long color max. Clear Sealer is a gloss dealer that will make my controller nice and shiny, but you can use any feelers that you have available to you just like when we prime the controller. You want to hold this brave can a few inches away and spray evenly. Don't hold the can in one spot for too long after you have covered the controller entirely in the sealer, Leave it to dry for several minutes. You'll need to do multiple layers of sealer for your controller. The sealer provides the protection to the paint that we just applied. Hands are greasy and where you want to make sure the controllers pain is never gonna get messed up on this controller. I'm going to do four layers of sealer. I love the sealer dry overnight before I go to reassemble it. 8. Reassemble: after the sealer has dried, you can remove the tape from the controller and reassemble it. - When you're removing the tape from your controller, make sure to be careful not to scratch any of the other paint that's on the controller. The component of the controller will go back in the opposite of the way they came out. So with my controller, the way they came out was the back came off the electron ICS came out. Then the buttons came out. So that means that after I'm done removing the tape, I'm gonna put the buttons and then I'm going to put the electron ICS board on. And then I'm gonna put the back of the controller back on, and then my controller will be finished. I want you reassemble your controller. You want to test all the buttons and make sure that they are all pressing correctly. Sometimes pain can get caught up in the button sluts and can make them hard to press. If this happens, just remove the buttons, sand out the buttonholes and then put the buttons back in 9. Conclusion and class project: in this course, I taught you how to make this cool, custom painted controller that has a yellow to red fate. You learned all the steps that are needed to make a controller like this. Now it's time for you to go and make your own. The class project is create your own custom painted controller and share with everyone what you made. Of course, if you don't think that you're ready to paint your own controller yet you can just share what colors or a style that you think would make an awesome controller. If you like the class, make sure to leave a review. Also, follow me to make sure that you get notified whenever I upload a new course. If you have any questions, post them in the discussion. I hope that you enjoyed the course. You're now ready to go and create your own custom painted controller.