How To Paint Xbox One Console (How-to guide)

The Xbox one might be slightly outdated by now, as new models have been coming out with the years, along with new designs, features, technological advancements, and types of games. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still use your trusted Xbox One! That is if it’s still in working condition of course.

One of the problems that some people have with the Xbox One, and with many gaming consoles in general, is that it generally only comes in black. And sure, that’s a subtle color that goes with anything, and it will probably blend in with your TV and gaming set-up…but what if you want it to be visually appealing? What if you want it to fit a certain aesthetic or to have some style?

Easy…just paint it!

But wait…you can paint an Xbox one console? Yeah, truth is, you can paint almost anything as long as you do it right. You can most definitely paint the Xbox one console, without causing any damage whatsoever to the inner workings, and you will then have a stylish console in the color you want.

Before you start:

Okay, so before we get started with the actual how-to of painting the Xbox one console, there are a few things you need to be aware of. Take this as a sort of disclaimer, if you will.

  • Are you sure you want to paint your Xbox one console? If you do, make sure you are certain of the color or design, as it is best not to paint it too many times, so no mistakes allowed!
  • To paint the xbox one console, you will first have to take it apart, then paint it, and then put it back together again. Are you confident enough in your skills to be able to take it apart and put it back together again so that it is in perfect working condition? Something to ask yourself before dismantling the console!
  • Be warned, as you will be taking the console apart and painting it, whatever warranty or insurance you had, will probably become completely useless and invalid. So…yeah, definitely think carefully on whether it’s worth painting the console or not before you start!
  • The painting of the xbox one console will take around two days or so, let’s say the weekend. So be warned that you will not be able to use the console during this time, as it will be in the middle of being painted!

Okay, disclaimers over. Here is what you will need for this particular paint job:

  • Sandpaper
  • Spray paint in the color of your choosing (spray paint is what works best for consoles, and it’s super easy to use)
  • Clear gloss finish
  • A screwdriver

It also goes without saying that you should suitably prepare the area in which you will be painting the console. Protect the floors, the nearby furniture…maybe set down some pieces of old newspaper and that can be the surface you work on.

A step-by-step guide to painting an Xbox one console:

Right, let’s get started with the actual painting of the console! You have your colors picked, your design planned out…here are the steps:

1. Disassemble the Xbox one console:

You need to disassemble the console in order to be able to paint it properly, but make sure you do this with care as your warranty will become useless as soon as you start meddling with the Xbox! Use a screwdriver and any other specific tools needed.

Start by lifting the left panel, and removing the side panel. Then you need to take the console apart from the back, it should hinge at the front, and then you will have to pull the loop part out from behind the connector piece.

Disconnect all of the cables from the front circuit board. Most wires come out by putting your fingernail beneath them and popping them upwards, some can just be pulled upward too.

Next, you have to remove all of the screws, and then you can simply lift the cover off and pull and disconnect the last removing wires.

After this, you simply have to lift the main assembly (the one with the hard drive, the disk drive, and the mainboard), before you pull the rubber feet off from the bottom of the console.

It can be a bit tricky, especially if you’ve never disassembled a console before. But usually, the console will come with a manual of instructions that includes a step-by-step guide (with pictures if you’re lucky), on how to take it all apart safely.

2. Sand the console down:

Once the console is disassembled and you have it in various different pieces, it’s time to prep these pieces for painting by sanding them down. It can be a bit of a challenge to properly sand all the pieces completely, but it is necessary in order to remove the glossy finish of the console.

If you don’t do this the paint might be unable to properly adhere to the console’s surface, so it’s pretty important to sand it all down! You might want to use a few different types of sandpaper, to make the job easier.

Sand the entire surface. Then wash and dry all the pieces.

3. Paint the console:

Use spray paints to paint the console in whichever color and style you want. Make sure to spray from a suitable distance, with side-to-side passes.

4. Finishing coat:

Once the spray paint has completely dried, use a clear coat spray to add a glossy finish to the console, so that it looks as good as possible. Then wait around 2 hours or so for this last layer to dry.

5. Reassemble the Xbox one console:

Once everything is painted and dried, you can put the console back together. Follow the necessary steps carefully, to make sure everything is back to working conditions. And once that’s done, your Xbox one console is done and ready to be used in its new stylish appearance!

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