Color Wiimotes

I was doing some random internet reading earlier this weekend (as I’m often prone to do) and stumbled upon an interesting technique that model car hobbyist use to dye plastic components. It occurred to me, if one can permanently dye plastic car pieces… what else might he be able to color-ify? My answer… a Wiimote! Here’s what I did.

  1. Remove the four screws from under the Wii remote battery cover.
  2. Carefully unsnap the front and back plates, being sure not to break off the tabs on the top.
  3. Set aside the Wii controller mainboard, rubber button stoppers, and metal battery contacts.
  4. In a large pot (that you DON’T use for cooking) heat 8 cups of water to a boil.
  5. Mix in 8 fl oz of Rit liquid t-shirt dye (color of your choice).
  6. Turn heat source down to medium and mix liquid dye thoroughly.
  7. Add plastic Wii controller pieces to dye and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
    1. Be careful not to splash… the dye will stain everything it touches!
    2. Continue to mix non-stop… don’t let the pieces settle or you’ll get uneven colors.
    3. Always wear rubber gloves when working with the dye… it’s not good for your skin and will make you multi-colored for a long time.
  8. After the five minutes are up, remove the plastic pieces and wash them thoroughly in cold water.
    1. Don’t forget all of the pieces!
    2. 6 buttons, 1 trigger, 1 d-pad, 3 large shell pieces, 1 wrist-strap.
  9. Dry all the components and reassemble the wiimote.
  10. Enjoy your new, uniquely colored controller!

The above photos are of a Wii Remote Controller I dyed earlier this evening. What do you think?

Note: The various wiimote pieces are made of different types of plastic that take on different shades of color. The front plate will be the lightest, followed by the back plate and batter cover. The buttons and trigger will be slightly darker than the back plate. The D-pad will be the darkest by far.

5 thoughts on “Color Wiimotes

  1. Hey Kyle,

    I don’t entirely understand why, but when your wordpress aggregates to LJ, the pictures are now showing various people on the political spectrum. Cool project though – I might have to find some random plastic to try this on.

  2. Weird… well, I updated the LJ Crosspost plugin, so hopefully that’ll circumvent any future problems. In the meantime, I also manually fixed the LJ post. Thanks for the heads-up!

  3. Is that orange? Did you use the same color for all the parts? I really do like that the various materials take on slightly different tones so that it’s not like you just dumped the whole thing in paint.

  4. It’s really more of a “wood-ish brown”. But yeah… it’s pretty sweet how the different types of plastic take on different shades of color.

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