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    Step by step DS4 custom repaint

    Pretty slick!

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    Step 1


    Materials: Krylon Fusion for Plastic: Gloss Sunbeam Krylon Fusion for Plastic: Clear, UV Protection 3M 1000 Grit sandpaper Note: After looking over the forums, using a Gloss may not have been the right choice. Satin is what others are using. Unfortunately, there is no Yellow color in Satin. We shall see....

    Step 2


    After taking the 4 screws out from behind the DS4, I basically pulled the thing apart. It didn't come apart as easily as I had originally thought it would. Also, the reset extender button popped out (shown to the right of the controller)

    Step 3


    - Unplugged the Battery - Unscrewed the 5th screw behind the battery - Pulled Light Bar sensor cable from housing - Pulled Touchpad sensor cable away from circuit board

    Step 4


    This pictures just shows the Touchpad removed from the shell

    Step 5


    All buttons have been removed

    Step 6


    The default shell...this is what we paint!

    Step 7


    Sand thoroughly w/ 1000 grit sandpaper

    Step 8


    After sanding, washed in sink with warm water and soap. I actually used shampoo for fear of oil in liquid soap...not sure it makes a difference, simply a precaution.

    Step 9


    Let it dry.

    Step 10


    I used a hair dryer to move things along IMPORTANT: After it has been cleaned and dried, DO NOT TOUCH THE CONTROLLER WITH YOUR BARE HANDS. Oil from your skin from this point forward can mess with the paint.

    Step 11


    First pass, light coats!! Allow at least 2 minutes between coats

    Step 12


    2nd pass Not completely covered yet

    Step 13


    3rd pass Mostly covered here, weak areas

    Step 14


    4th pass Completely covered with minor issues around the analog sticks

    Step 15


    5th pass This pass focused on the outside crease of the analogs

    Step 16


    6th pass This pass focused on the inside crease (close to where the PS button is) of the analogs

    Step 17


    7th pass Again, resprayed around the inside crease of the analogs

    Step 18


    Final pass. Minor touch-up done here. Light spray over entire shell Allowing this to sit overnight before adding clearcoat (roughly 14 hours until clearcoat)

    Step 19


    I let the shell dry for about 15 hours (overnight) but was careful to not let it sit for more than 24 hours, per Krylon's coating recommendations. I only picked it up for this picture from the screw housing, as to not touch the actual paint and get oil from my skin on it because the clear coat is about to go on.

    Step 20


    Clear Coat pass #1 Fairly light coat

    Step 21


    Clear Coat pass #2

    Step 22


    Clear Coat pass #3 I'm a little OCD. I'm not sure if this was necessary or not. Now, I'm letting this sit for at least 24 hours before re-assembly.

    Step 23


    36 hours later, the clear coat as settled...looking pretty good. Time to put it all back together!

    Step 24


    Flip it over and put the touchpad back in. It hooks around that bar.

    Step 25


    Place the 4 main buttons, crosspad, and PS button back in.

    Step 26


    Cover them back up by their respective rubber piece. * Also, if your Share and Options buttons fell out, make sure to put these back in now

    Step 27


    - Place the circuitry back into the shell. - Wiggle it around until the analog sticks come through properly - Screw in the 1 screw back into the shell

    Step 28


    Plug the touchpad back into the circuit board

    Step 29


    On the right, notice the hole in the black plastic right next to the yellow pipe. Down inside there it looks kinda gold. This is where the RESET button goes.

    Step 30


    Place the RESET button where it belongs. This is the piece that probably fell out when you pried the controller apart.

    Step 31


    Plug the battery back in and place it where it belongs

    Step 32


    This picture shows the 2 different parts of the controller thus far. This is where things got hairy for me because I wasn't sure what to do here. L2 and R2 are still on the unpainted part of the controller. Do yourself a favor here and pop L2 and R2 out of here. BUT BE CAREFUL NOT TO LOSE THE SPRING ATTACHED TO EACH ONE.

    Step 33


    This shows a close up of the spring that I'm talking about.

    Step 34


    The hardest part of all for me. Place L2 or R2 onto the controller while making sure the spring falls into place where it's supposed to. Reference the image for help.

    Step 35


    Both L2 and R2 triggers have been placed back on the phone. You can also see the springs and where they are supposed to lay very clearly in this pic. Test the triggers here to make sure they're bouncing back properly.

    Step 36


    - Reconnect the lightbar - GENTLY reconnect the two piece of the controller together and make sure it's snapped together - Screw in the last 4 screws AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND..............

    DONE!


    PROFIT Take lots and lots of pictures

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    Right side

    Pic 3


    Left side - small blemish here where I had to re-take the controller apart after I messed up the triggers the first time

    Pic 3


    Underneath view

    Pic 4


    Eye level

    Pic 5


    Ready to go

    Pic 6


    Lookin' nice

    Pic 7


    Lightbar works!

    Pic 8


    Charging the controller while plugged into my PC.. pretty cool orange LED

    Pic 9


    Close up

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    Super close up

    Pic 11


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    I always use rubbing alcohol before before I lay down the paint to get everything off of it. I also use a scotch brite pad after paint before the clear coat goes on. That will allow it to grip the paint a lot better and prevent it from peeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billm0066 View Post
    I always use rubbing alcohol before before I lay down the paint to get everything off of it. I also use a scotch brite pad after paint before the clear coat goes on. That will allow it to grip the paint a lot better and prevent it from peeling.

    Thats also achieved by sandpapering it prior to painting it tho. Which he does in this step by step.

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    I might do this with my extra controller since i'm a bit bored and got nothing much to do!

    Pretty cool though!




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    That was pretty awesome, and double plus for the step by step! +rep/Like. Impressed.




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    Quote Originally Posted by shepard View Post
    Thats also achieved by sandpapering it prior to painting it tho. Which he does in this step by step.
    Not quite. Sanding before paint allows the paint to adhere to the plastic. Using a scotch brite pad after paint allows the clear coat to adhere to the paint. Paint will fill in all the fine scratches from the sandpaper so the clear has nothing to grab onto.

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    Nice job, can see a lot of people doing this to the DS4, wonder if the console itself will be as easy to pull apart!
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    Love it!

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    Could Anyone tell what would controller feel like after this?

    Would surface finish as smooth and non stick like plastic surface?
    Also, can we make matte feel with this?

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    I'm not sure about this yellow painted controller, but I what I did you can see here:
    http://www.psu.com/forums/showthread...ted-controller

    I used a clear matte coat. It's a smooth feel to it but not too much almost like the original feel of the controller.

    Quote Originally Posted by AttackTitan View Post
    Could Anyone tell what would controller feel like after this?

    Would surface finish as smooth and non stick like plastic surface?
    Also, can we make matte feel with this?

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    Great step by step.. I've just started to do mine. Will post picture of it tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hartley001 View Post
    Great step by step.. I've just started to do mine. Will post picture of it tomorrow
    First coat..


    Final Color coat. will apply the Gloss tomorrow. First time every spray painting something. I think i did an ok job.. Does anyone have any tips

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    just wondering if anyone who's done this could post some follow pictures of how well the paint is holding up.
    thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by P51-SN95 View Post
    just wondering if anyone who's done this could post some follow pictures of how well the paint is holding up.
    thanks!
    Literally the post right above yours :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by shepard View Post
    Literally the post right above yours :P
    HAHA i will post pictures of the final tonight. Also this is my first time ever customizing something i think i did ok.. Need some tips on how to spray the paint evenly over uneven surfaces. I put the clear gloss on this morning so hopefully ill post pictures laters

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    Quote Originally Posted by shepard View Post
    Literally the post right above yours :P
    Ummm not really. lol
    I was asking for the people (like you) who painted their controllers a while ago, could post pics of how they look now compared to how they looked when originally done. not pics of them being painted and freshly finished

    Just curious is all.

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    Here the finished piece.. I did ok for my first time ever but i also know where i did to be better..

    Firstly i need to have patience when applying the coat also the time i leave the coats to settle. But i did the gloss this morning and didnt leave it long enough, so now i have a few finger prints on it..



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    Will be doing mine & brothers soon! Cool to see a step by step.

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    Hi can any one tell me if the touchpad on the ps4 can be spray painted of will I stop work thanks

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    I'd like to know if it's possible to paint the touchpad too.

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    That black and yellow DS4 is slick! It looks like a bee.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mcampb32 View Post
    Hi can any one tell me if the touchpad on the ps4 can be spray painted of will I stop work thanks
    I haven't tried it but I have to believe it's fine. I've got the vinyl skins on both controllers, including touch pads and they work fine. A layer of paint is a heck of a lot thinner than the vinyl.


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    That's really cool, I want to do this with some older consoles/controllers that I have. I researched this before and it seems like everyone uses the krylon and sandpaper method. I wouldn't risk it with a new a DS4 though, since I'm inexperienced.

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