When nerds have too much time on their hands, things like the above Harley Quinn themed Xbox Controller happens!
Recently I found myself faced with a problem many gamers have faced; sticky controllers. With an in house 9 year old with a taste for Kool Aid and video games, it was bound to happen sooner or later. The controllers worked fine except for sticky buttons and me being handy with a screw driver and such, I figured it was cheaper to take it apart to clean rather than buy a new controller. As I sat destroying one of my best friends (the controller, not the 9 year old) I was struck with another though; white sure is boring.
With a little research, I discovered vinyl dye and it is some magical stuff. As opposed to coating the plastic, it actually stains it, so there is no extra thickness added to the narrow passages of the buttons. With that and my own love of Harley Quinn, a new plan came together and here you have…a new custom Xbox wireless controller.
I learned some things here with my first experience with vinyl dye. Spray far away and more importantly, use the blue tape. There were some issues with clean lines due to the crappy standard masking tape. All in all, I love it and do to the nature of dye, it stands up excellently to heavy usage. No chips or smears. With this experience in hand, stay tuned for the upcoming Batgirl controller. It’s gonna be the bomb!
Uh…that said, anybody out there that can point me to some bright yellow vinyl dye?
If I’ve held your attention this long, feel free to check out the work log pics!