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Old 05-23-2008, 12:33 AM   #1
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Default Subaru World Rally Team/Rally Team USA -- Xbox 360 Custom Paint

So I had this idea (to satisfy my obsession with all things Subaru rally) to give my Xbox 360 a custom paint job. So here I go, I head to ACE Hardware Store to pick up some paint.


I cut out the templates after printing them onto 110lb paper using a very fine Xact-o knife.


Then I go to work on the spare 360 case, scuffed it for prep work, washed it off with water and dried it. Now I'm ready to paint!! So I set everything up in my backyard, layed newspaper out and began to spray the base coats of blue on the 2 sides of my friend's spare Xbox 360 case. After going through about 1/2 - 3/4 of a can of the Krylon for Plastic blue spray paint, I felt like the case was well painted for a base layer. I then layed the templates onto the paint and taped off what i didn't want painted using basic masking tape, artist tape, and newspaper. I sprayed 3 of the 4 templates, figuring I could touch up the overspray later. Well guess what, the overspray was just too much to handle. Here's what I was left with after attempt #1 at painting.


I sanded the decals down to try to make them flush with the base coats of paint so when I tried to paint over them, they wouldn't show through. But of course they did, so you can see the difference in elevation between the paint on top of the 1st attempt. So I decided to bag up my friend's 360 case to give back to him, this is the one that I just painted. He wants to do a custom case anyway so if he paints it black you won't be able to see my mess-up.

So I took apart my personal Xbox 360 a little early (I was going to take it apart once I got the spare case painted and swap the cases). I prepped it for paint, and started spraying with my 2nd purchase can of Krylon for Plastic blue spray paint. I got the base coat done on the case.


Then I decided to take the trim for the DVD drive off and paint it gold to match the top and bottom grid-pattern pieces I failed to mention that I painted gold earlier.


So here's what bothers me, finger prints on the lacquer coat I put on the face plate!!! I went to peel up the tape I very carefully cut, and it peeled up some paint, which bothered me, so i scraped the paint off the power button and am going to repaint it. Then I realize that my fingers left prints in the clear coat! So now I am letting it dry all night, and tomorrow afternoon I'm going to take 320 grit sandpaper, sand off the clear coat (essentially sand off the finger prints) and re-lacquer the faceplate.




Here's where I am at now in the painting process. I have the base coats sprayed on the sides of the 360 case. I have to sand and re-lacquer the face plate. And I have yet to lay out the new templates I printed and cut out (same templates, just wanted cleaner cut lines). This time to avoid overspray, I am using a temporary spray adhesive used for quilting.

I'll keep updating this post as the painting continues.
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:48 AM   #2
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looks good so far, the final product should be interesting

I'll save comments until it's done
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Old 05-23-2008, 03:17 AM   #3
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you should try and find a some gold led's, and change the ring of light to gold
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:59 AM   #4
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Damn good stuff!
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:06 AM   #5
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Sorry! There's no yellow in the new SWRT car.
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:16 AM   #6
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I am basing it off of the 05-06 SWRT rally cars... I know that its like a greenish yellow, but no one makes a paint line labeled "Subaru World Rally Team -- Colors of Champions" so I am stuck with yellow which is okay with me.

WAIT wait wait, no yellow in the new SWRT car? prove this, please. The vinyls on the side with that SWRT logo have been in yellow for years.
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:22 AM   #7
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Looks good thus far. I look forward to seeing a final product. Very cool idea though.
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:35 AM   #8
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dude olsen, gold LED's would look sick. i WILL do that, but not now, i need to play video games and currently my xbox is taken apart and in a paper bag (only thing to prevent static) and i am not happy with that

thanks for all the positive response guys, i knew the subaru forum would be the place to unleash this idea.
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:02 AM   #9
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Looking good, but as a modeler I can tell you are putting the paint on too thick. Try to put less paint on with more layers. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes between each LIGHT coat. Short quick bursts of the paint and start the spray before you actually hitting the case and move the can across the case and then let off the spray. Make sense?
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:19 AM   #10
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heck ya looks awsome cant wait to see it assembled
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:27 AM   #11
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Looking good, but as a modeler I can tell you are putting the paint on too thick. Try to put less paint on with more layers. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes between each LIGHT coat. Short quick bursts of the paint and start the spray before you actually hitting the case and move the can across the case and then let off the spray. Make sense?
This man speaks the truth. that should also minimize the future appearance of your finger prints, as they will be in a much thinner coat of paint. this technique SHOULD also help make your decals look more crisp with less overspray.

OFF TOPIC: this project reminded me of building Pinewood Derby cars when i was a kid. anyone ever seen a SWRT Pinewood Derby car? that would be rad
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i am using many thin layers of paint. i sprayed my entire 1977 chevy nova with flat black rattle can automotive paint, the quality of the paint strokes are almost perfect, but its just the clear coat which screwed things up. the fingerprints were the doings of the tacky clear coat last night. i knew i needed to peel the tape off (off the power button logo) before the lacquer dried or i'd never be able to get to it, but it turns out that tacky clear coat + fingers = me pissed off and sanding the faceplate down to try again as we speak.

i have never done models, but have an eye for detail, thats why i'm sanding the entire faceplate down and re-spraying it.
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:01 PM   #13
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WAIT wait wait, no yellow in the new SWRT car? prove this, please. The vinyls on the side with that SWRT logo have been in yellow for years.


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in for final pics
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Not really feeling it.
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:18 PM   #16
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Nice... is that high temp paint? (red light of death)
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:31 PM   #17
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no its just normal Krylon for Plastic paint.

dude that sucks they didn't use yellow on the new SWRT car! way to go mainstream (#1) and ditch your classic color scheme (#2)
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Are you painting the power button yellow?
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:17 PM   #19
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i am thinking about it... but attempt #2 is starting to really piss me off. the glue won't hold the paper down long enough for me to spray, and when i peeled one template up, it showed every very minor flaw in my cutting ability.

i am about to say F**K IT to this [email protected] design i wanted to do and just buy a freakin clear case mod and put it on. without the pure talent of painting with a huge rattle can, its turning into way too much of a hassle and i just dont have the money to keep dumping into paint.
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:43 PM   #20
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I have decided to cease the painting. It is turning into way too much of a hassle, I don't have the resources nor the talent needed to paint in such a fine area (also an airbrush would be nice).

I am just going to buy a clear case mod (http://www.clearxbox.com/site/pages/...360_clear.html) with a blue LED kit and put that back on my xbox 360. I would love to have a custom Subi360 (as i named it... the 3 is supposed to function as an E also) but I think this should be left to the professional airbrush artists and model makers who have the experience and tools at hand necessary to complete such a paint in the @ss.

Sorry to dissapoint, but I'm almost broke and I have realized dumping more money into paint won't help me.
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Boooooo
I'd love to paint mine, but I'd rather keep it normal in case it needs to be sent to MS.
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Old 05-25-2008, 08:53 PM   #22
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I'd love to paint mine, but I'd rather keep it normal in case it needs to be sent to MS.
In case?...you mean when!

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Old 05-25-2008, 09:28 PM   #23
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Old 05-25-2008, 11:34 PM   #24
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hahaha "in case"... well mine hasn't f'ed up just yet and i've had it (but have played it on and off) for about 1 1/2 yrs now so i am going to take a chance when i mod my case. here's my ideas list:
1. XCM crystal case
2. blue LED's
3. Talismoon Cooling Fan (blue LED's)
4. clear fan housing (w/ blue LED's)
5. XCM dvd drive cover (not those plastic tabs, it is like the normal top with an opening cut and lexan inserted.
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hmm waiting to see final pics...
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