Painting a Wii?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hardware, Devices and Utilities' started by naughtynazgul, May 27, 2010.

  1. naughtynazgul

    naughtynazgul GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 13, 2008
    I was planning to buy a new black wii but found a killer deal for a regular white Wii that comes with a bunch of extra stuff.

    If I cover up all the openings (eg. disc drive, fans, usb slots, etc) on the wii and just paint it black using a paint brush or something, will that possibly wreck it? Or will it be just fine?
  2. darkranboria

    darkranboria Advanced Member

    May 24, 2010
    United States
    Imagination Land
    I spray-painted mine and painted a golden mushroom on my friends ( i just made one on skinit, my friend didn't want to pay).
    It doesn't affect anything as long as you cover crap up.
  3. Zetta_x

    Zetta_x The Insane Statistician

    Mar 4, 2010
    United States
    Some things you want to watch out for:

    The fan is symmetrically made, this allows for a stable spin. If some paint gets on one of the blades, the added mass will disrupt this symmetric balance and the life of your fan will probably decrease exponentially. Not to mention two possibilities of it getting damaged: either safety checks will prevent the wii from turning on to prevent further damage or the extra heat generated from loss of cooling by the fan can overheat some of the components of the wii and then it's time to fork up some money for a repair.

    Watch out for the disk drive. Dust in the disk drive itself can be enough to interfere with disk loading. Stray paint in the disk drive is going to be a pain in the ass to remove if it interferes with disk loading.

    Any types of liquids that get on a circuit bored can disrupt the flow of processing. Liquid is a conductor of electricity and it can either cross two paths of circuit paths and cause some damage or generate more electricity then needed and ultimately overheating some of the components.

    There are also more evident risks such as paint clumps jamming the buttons and such. If you realize these risks then feel free to proceed forward [​IMG]
  4. giantpune

    giantpune GBAtemp Addict

    Apr 10, 2009
    United States
    dont halfass it. take the wii apart and tape off all the stuff you dont want painted. it will look better as you wont get paint bunched up in the cracks and creases, you wont get missed spots in the tight places, and you dont have to worry about painting the important crap because its covered up.
  5. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my's over 9000!!!

    Nov 17, 2008
    why not just get a black mod case, dissemble your wii and put that in? be a lot better than paint. that's what i did (except mine isn't black [​IMG])
  6. Sir VG

    Sir VG GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jun 26, 2004
    United States
    Another idea - instead of painting it, you can purchase a "skin" for it. I've done this with other consoles and they look really nice. Here's a place to go get some. I believe they also have a template on the site if you want to create your own.
  7. PsyBlade

    PsyBlade Snake Charmer

    Jul 30, 2009
    Gambia, The
    Sol III
    best way to paint electronics is to
    disassemble the to be painted part as far as possible, paint ,dry ,reassemble
    just be sure to use only a thin layer of paint so it will still fit
  8. zuron7

    zuron7 RBYG

    Apr 6, 2009
    GPS not available in this area
    Spray painting a Wii is just stupid.
    Take something like a plastic film and paint on it and then put it on the Wii.
  9. jservs7

    jservs7 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    May 14, 2008
    Not sure what color you are looking for, but maybe you can just buy a case mod if you don't want to go through the trouble of painting it. I have purchased a skin (Gets too messy when it starts to peel) and 2 different cases that were publicized on a few modding sites which sucked. (One was an Evolve I believe) The one I have now is great, has a perfect metallic color like I wanted, was better quality and cheaper than my previous ones. You can find them on EBAY wrote a review for it here:

    There is a sell on EBAY that has them now for $25 US shipped:

    There of course can be cases that are better, but IMO these have turned out great. Good luck with your paint job though and post pics if you do. [​IMG]
  10. transam81

    transam81 GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 4, 2009
    United States
    Central California