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Triforce Wii

So i got my Nintendo Wii 2 weeks ago, and i love it, it’s so awesome and pretty, and beautiful. But, it just looks so…blah and the same, the white casing, the simple design, so i got to me thinking. How can i make this better? The answer, paint it black. Then i thought again, thats still boring, how can i make it even better? The answer, stencil in the Triforce. This is the final product:

That’s right, its dead sexy, don’t you wish your’s looked like that?

If you want to see more of the photos, and how we did it, click the link:

The Triforce Wii
So, like i said, i got this idea one day in class soon after i got the Wii, and i formulated it in my head for a few days before spilling it to my closest of friends. I decided that first, i was going to try the spray paint out on the Wiimote i had simply for the reason that it was easier to take appart (4 screws) and way easier (and cheaper) to replace if i totally destroyed it then the Wii.
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The controller came appart much easier then we were expecting, and that made us happy. We separated the circuit board, and the buttons, and placed them on the small piece of foam we were working on. We then took the plastic shells, and put them onto another piece of foam, and brought them outside to paint. We let them dry overnight, and put another coat on in the morning. We put it back together, and made sure that it still worked, it did, and this is the finished product:

As you can no doubt tell, me missed a spot along the edges of the Wiimote, but, its ok, i don’t mind it. Also, I opted to paint the B trigger black, looking back, i wouldn’t do that, cause it looks nicer with the white triggers, but, ill save that for the other 3 Wii motes i have. Also, you’ll notice that the is a scratch on the B trigger, that’s from our metal videogame accessory rack, and we didn’t anticipate that, but, fear not, we got some sealant, and hopefully that won’t happen on the Wii.
I also painted the Nunchuck, but this time, i left the triggers white, and i think it looks much better:


We put sealant on the nunchuck, and, because of the not level surface of it, it bubbled, and crackled, and didn’t dry smooth, but, i think it actually makes it look better, and as michelle said, “It looks like leather almost”…almost michelle…
Ok, so, now that we know that the paint doesn’t look like crap, rather, it looks pretty f**king awesome, we’re full steam ahead to do the console. That’s the Wii (with a poorly used flash, but whatever). It’s so plain and boring…In order to take it appart there are a number of obvious, and not so obvious screws hidden under it’s sleek white clothes.
The first two are the most obvious, under the rubber feet:

But, as you can (kinda) tell from the photo, those are not normal screws, they are crazy ass triangle screws, Phillips head don’t fit, and neither did out flat heads. Our solution, “modify” a flat head, and by modify, i mean break, to fit. So with wire cutters in hand, we made our own screwdriver for the Wii.
There were also several more screws hidden beneath the black plastic cover on the Gamecube area, some were triangle, some were phillips, all were easy.

After all the screws were out, we took the front faceplate off first:

That came off easy, and showed the bare mouth of the slot loading disc drive, (if i was smart and turned the flash off, you’d be able to see that, stupid me…)Next we took off the main body, it was scary, would it come off easy, would we break the plastic, would monsters come out and eat us?

It came off easy, and no breaking, or monsters, yay!


Now, i’ll just go through the dismantling of the basics of this, cause, i’m sure you’ve all see it taken appart already, and all this isn’t new to you. If you want to see what the inside of this thing looks like, here is the album of our project

Two things i will point out that are odd are this: One, there are crazy triangle screws holding the casing together, but, once inside, its all standard phillips headed screws. The other thing that no one seems to have mentioned is the massive amounts of thermal paste applied to both the Hollywood and Broadway chips, as well as the Wi-fi chip.

The thermal paste was stuck to the heat sink for the chips, but it was still alot.

Finally, after all the big parts were taken off, this is what it looks like:

Now that the Wii is appart, now comes the fun part. Painting it.
We started with a gold undercoat:

We did the same thing for this as the Wiimote, we painted it, and let it dry overnight. It looked awesome, and we got way more excited.
Next we had to figure out how we were going to stencil in the Triforce. Well, we knew how we wanted to do it, we just didnt know how, if that makes sense. Anyway, mike put some tape on my plastic microwave shield and got the ruler and razor blade out. Each triangle is a 40cm equilateral triangle, which, in theory, should make an 80cm equilateral triangle, in theory…

Then it was just a matter of placing them onto the Wii at the right height. This is where my genius came in. We put the Wii in it’s stand, and put the triangles onto it so that they were parallel with the ground:

Now, this means that when the Wii is placed horizontally, the Triforce will be slightly tilted, my response to that was, so?
So, now that we got the stencil on, its time to paint it black. This is where we got impatient. It was extremely hot this thursday, and by extremely, i mean 60 degrees F in the middle of December. So we thought that the paint would dry quicker, which it did…on the plastic, but not on the foam we used to hold it. So when we turned it over so that we made sure we got all the edges, the rear edge got some foam attached to it. At first it looks like crap, but, its really not that bad, or noticeable anymore, (to me).

(again with the damn flash!)
Well, next we had to peal the masking tape off, to make sure that no black paint bleed through it. We got the razor blade back out, and cut out the edge of the tape, and then went under one corner to pull it off:

Well, that turned out good, and no problems at all, now we repeated the process for the remaining 5 triangles, and finally we got this:

Next, we reassembled it, which wasn’t the most easy process, but, wasn’t hard either. It took about 20 minutes to put back together. I opted not to paint the rubber feet, simply cause i thought it might look cooler like that, and, if it didnt, i could always go over it later, its not hard.


Oh man, doesn’t that just look awesome? I think it does.
We made a bunch of mistakes mostly just impaitance, but, still we think we got the kinks worked out of it.
If anyone is interested in doing this, send us an email:wii.play@deadlycomputer.com and maybe we can work out something. And, as i said above, i have 3 more Wiimotes, that i’m about to paint, so, if you want one NOW, then, send an email faster, and maybe we can work something out.

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UPDATE:

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Here are some new nice photos for all you complainers out there:

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  1. r
    off center and crooked is awesome? just wondering.
  2. steve
    it's crooked because i was holding the camera crooked, it is actually near perfectly straight. When it's in its vertical stand, it is level with the ground, which is what i was going for, because for me, it will be placed vertical. As for off centered, i wanted to put it so that the Triforce just looked good, and i think that off centered was the best place for it
  3. WiiBlogMii.com
    Très moche les touches blanches ...
  4. mixamillion
    What kind of paint did you use? It looks awful. Though, it might look better if you clearcoat it. I think you wasted your time with this. Anybody who is thinking of trying this, don't follow this guy's path.
  5. steve
    We used Rust-Oleum Professional High Performance Enamel for the black and gold, and Rust-Oleum American Accents Cleat Top Coat for the protective clear coat. I would suggest using a different clear coat paint, because the one we used wasn't the best. This was our first try, and as with first tries, they usually don't go perfectly. But, its really not as bad as you would think. The second wave of Wiimotes are much nicer.
  6. k
    Wow, you took a great looking piece of hardware, and managed to make it look like a cheap piece of crap. Good job.
  7. steve
    i love it how only the people who hate it and want to make fun of me for trying are the only ones who post a comment.
  8. Minishlink
    Une Wii-Zeldaesque avec une Triforce, en noir et doré .... C'est très beau !
  9. Thomas
    This is amazing! I think I have a Christmas project now! :) Do you think that those triangle screwdrivers could be bought anywhere? I highly doubt that I could convince my friend to let me cut his screwdrivers...lol Anyways, I love the idea, though I think I would want the Triforce to be in line with the Wii instead of the floor. Personal preference methinks. The black controllers look incredibly sweet too, I might go with some sort of glow in the dark paint though, because I tend to play in the dark as it is... Sweet job though, seriously :)
  10. steve
    ~Thomas, we're in the process of looking for the triangle screwdrivers somewhere, if anyone would have them, we think its Sears, but we havent had a chance to go there and check yet. Yea, i have my Wii set up vertical, and therefore i wanted it aligned with the floor. I was thinking of using LEDs, but there's just not enough room in there.
  11. lorenzo
    how you don`t paint the wii logo in the front of the console???? (i only need that to start painting xd
  12. Lestad
    What a Cool idea, i wish i could have a Red Wiimote. Why don't you put a little triforce on The Wii Remote, it coul be nice.
  13. spiritofcat
    Looks good! Perhaps you should paint the buttons of the next Wii-mote gold to match the gold of the triforce, giving the whole project a more unified look.
  14. admin
    Lorenzo, We didn't paint the Wii on the front by covering it with masking tape. Steve VERY carefuly put a piece of masking tape over the Wii logo then used a sharp knife to cut out around the edege. It took about 15 minutes for all the delicate work, but it was worth it. Lestad, It's not hard at all to take the wiimote apart and then apply some paint. If you would like we might be able to work some form of painting service. Shoot us an email if your interested blog@deadlycomputer.com Spiritofcat, We were thinking about that but then we would paint over the letters on the buttons (not that they are actually needed) maybe on future Wiimotes we will try other things.
  15. antgoo
    If you ever decide to do this again, you might consider using some plasti-kote vinyl dye and layering it on in multiple thin layers. It will bond to the plastic, so it'll last longer without wearing off... also, take your time and do very light coats, so you won't that running like on the nunchuck. Check this guy's tutorial out for more info... http://alcaron.blogspot.com/2006/12/noir-360-wireless-controller.html
  16. hip hop anonymous
    hey guys, nice work on the wii...paint job coulda been a bit more smooth...there seems to be cracks or viens on the nunchuck controller...put a gloss coat to make it shimmer!! YUM!!
  17. Alex
    You Wii got hit by an uglystick
  18. Ronald
    Oh man that's an ugly paintjob...
  19. Parker
    Wow all of you guys are hating on something he tried at. You should alll hang yourself with your Wii controllers for talking crap about someone who has the balls to try something new.
  20. Lopo
    damn i want something like that with the triforce , it's cool
  21. steve
    ~parker, thanks for sticking up for us. ~lopo, if you want, send an email to wii.play@deadlycomputer.com and maybe we can work something out for you.
  22. Travis
    Well, I think steve did good. Nice job steve ^_^. For all of those who are negatively commenting; of course youre entitled to your own opinion. However,that does not necessarily mean you are free to put someone down because they are different, and you may be jealous.Heck; I know I'm jealous...I dont even HAVE a wii! *Yet*.
  23. Neo Samurai
    I think this is the screwdriver you are looking for. If you have a DS or a GBA check out the screws and if theyre the same this should do the trick. http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-1e-49-en-15-screwdriver-70-1fe.html Also i just want to publicly declare that I think that paint job is super sweet. Not perfect, but still pretty damn amazing, especially for a first try. Hats off to the brave men taking apart their Wii. also F*** ipod white
  24. FGR1985
    I think this is the screwdriver you are looking for. Check the screws on the DS or GBA. If it looks the same or similar, then this will probably do the trick. http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-1e-49-en-15-screwdriver-70-1fe.html Also I would also like to publicly declare that that is an amazing paint job. Not perfect, but an amazing first attempt and an important first step in future Wii painting. I myself am too afraid to void the warranty, but I would defintiely like some sweet custom controllers in the future
  25. steve
    ~FGR1985, shoot an email over to wii.play@deadlycomputer.com and i can hook you up with some, pick a color, and more then likely, i'll be able to do it. And that looks like the screwdriver i need, so i may be picking that up, and many thanks.
  26. metem
    its awsome man damn I like this stuff your cool man
  27. Rene Laenen
    Nice idea, poor paintjob....There's nothing in here about pre-treatment of the surface. Cleaning, sanding, primering?? Those steps are required for heavy usage.... If you ever have such a good idea, ask a pro painter/sprayer for pointers to get a better end result... good luck!
  28. eq
    well, the paintjob doesnt look very good, you should of at least added something more unique and different.... like a window or some lights. dont think it was much of an improvement atm :/
  29. dave
    looks pretty cool could have come out a lot better if you had just taken your time with the painting and such, one of the things i would have added is on the gold tri-force to add some sort of detailing like the lines and patterns on loztp, i just dont think i could bring my self to paint my wii just yet maybe a year or two but more power to you for being (first?) to open it up and paint that thing hopefully it gets more people to give it a try JUST PLAN TAKE YOUR TIME ITS WORTH IT ps that little smudge is killing me :/ good luck next time
  30. steve
    yea, not taking my time is the one thing that pisses me off the most about it. I really wanted to get it done because it was the last 2 days before mike was leaving for home for winter break, and i wanted him there to help me put it back together, cause i have a tendency to forget to put screws inplace, and we both could just see me putting it back and there be 3 screws left over and just thinking "shit!" ~dave i was thinking of putting those lines from TP around the Triforce, but i decided against it because i didn't want to crowd the side, and make everything too small. And to be honest, i just liked the Triforce alone like that.
  31. Daryl
    Yo Steve (still personal : I'd still wait for the official black Wii comes)but anyways nice job. Like somebody else said, at least you had guts to do this. Screw everybody else who's bitching about your work. Daryl. PS everybody HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  32. -Drake-
    That's a frikin awesome paint job. It looks even better than the official black Wii! My Zelda-obsessed friend would have an orgasm over that lol. What the bloody hell is the point of leaving a comment if you're just going to complain about it? People are violently jealous these days... Keep up the creativity Steve!
  33. Luis
    Hey, While I think it's matte appearance looks a little on the rough side, I think this is an amazing concept. In fact I think you should sell it to Nintendo. I think the people hating on you, would be the first in line for this product if Nintendo bought your idea and ran a limited edtion production of this bundled with the Zelda game. Imagine. This would be a win/win situatuion. If this had a glossy look to it like the real Wii's paint than it would be perfect, it just looks to dull. Anyway good job man I lie this I love my wii, but I hate the color, that is why I bought a DS Lite in onyx! Luis
  34. steve
    ~Luis I choose a matte finish because i don't like glossy finishes. Its just my personal preference, i understand that many people like glossy finishes, and anyone that i would do a custom painted wii for would have the option to have it done with a gloss finish. I like your idea to sell it to Nintendo, but i am skeptical about it, it's a good idea, and i'll deffiently look into it, but i don't know how it will turn out. You can bet though that any news on it will be posted here! Thanks for you compliment, and if you would like a custom painted wii, send us an email: wii.play@deadlycomputer.com prices start at $100 for whatever color and finish you want.
  35. Ali
    Hey I liked it better when it was gold but I guess the black would do you should paint the buttons gold and pinstripe what teh buttons do like eject can easily be done using a thin brush
  36. Ali
    also luis they had a triforce edition GBASP with teh exact same thing so maybe they will do it
  37. Parker
    I'm sorry to say this, but the high resolution pictures makes the paintjob look awful. In the production shots, it looks as though there's a ton of dust all over it. I don't think the matte finish is the problem, it's whatever type of paint you used... as somebody else said, it's better to do multiple thin layers. You would avoid that crinkling that's giving it a leather effect in some spots. Something you might want to consider doing is sanding the areas you plan on painting with a superfine sandpaper and priming it so that the paint has some grip (paint has trouble staying on glossy-smooth surfaces). Honestly, I think you should consider experimenting and do a few more trials before charging people money for custom paints. Most people with a Wii know that it's a commodity and they're unlikely to send it on a whim with a hundred dollar check (not including shipping both ways) going on the pictures that you're presenting right now.
  38. steve
    -Parker Its not really dust, its the foam we used to hold the pieces. I know what you mean about the multiple layers, and it looks better on another wiimote i tried. I like to think that i have most of the bugs worked out of it, but you never know, things happen, and i do agree, with how hard it is to find wiis still, i dont blame people for just wanting a plain old white one for now, and not bothering with the rest. thanks for being honest, and not just saying "dude that sucks why'd you even bother" ~steve
  39. fooly1
    what kind of pait was used?
  40. steve
    -fooly1 The type of paint we used was regular spray paint. the real name can be found here: http://blog.deadlycomputer.com/2006/12/23/611/
  41. harry
    i have pant it but the paint is got in my wii.
  42. Kojo
    How much would it cost for just Wiimotes/nunchucks?
  43. steve
    -kojo $15 to paint a wiimote or nunchuck.
  44. Icegoten
    This is an awsome Idea! I don't have my Wii yet but I have been doing lots of research on it. Im thinking Maybe I could do something like this except get more detailed. Instead of doing the Triforce I would do another Nintendo Thing. This seems really easy to do and fun. Thanks alot for the instructions.
  45. Kojo
    Is there a reason you used a foam surface? You mentioned that a miniscule amount came off on the paint because of drying issues, but is there a way to avoid that? Also, What is that foam called? P.S.- it's damn cool of you to be answering our questions so long after the project
  46. steve
    -Kojo I used foam to hold the peices of the Wii simply because i had alot of extra foam lying around. It's just packing foam, i don't know what exactly its called. we don't have a work bench at school, so if you have one of those that'd work, also, you could just use cardboard. and i try to answer all questions from any post as soon as possible.
  47. Icegoten
    I was thinking the same thing Kojo! This is one cool guy! I hope one day if I do get the chance to customize my Wii to show the ol' great master!
  48. adgmnjshgm
    that wii is really kool i wish i had it
  49. dudley
    This is totally awesome, but you mutilated, obliterated, and decimated the integrity of the wii console. Nice paint job. Spanish Esto es totalmente impresionante, pero mutilaste, borrado, y diezmado la integridad de la consola del wii. Trabajo de la pintura de Niza. French C'est totalement impressionnant, mais vous avez mutilé, effacé, et décimé l'intégrité de la console de wii. Le travail de peinture de Nice. Chinese(simplified) ???????,????,????,???????wii???. ??????. German Dieses ist total ehrfürchtig, aber du verstümmeltest, ausgewischt, und dezimiert der Vollständigkeit der wii Konsole. Nizza Farbe Job. Japanese ????????????????????wii??????????????????? ????????????
  50. steve
    -dudley i dont get it, is that a compliment?
  51. a guy
    hey yo stevie! i was thinking about paintin my wiimotes me self... but i had this bad feeling about the paint... will it come off eventually? cuz u all know ur hands get sweaty when u play wii (theres no way around it!) so like will the paint rub off and get on ur hands or will it get sticky and sh*t? so yah just tell me the low down on the wii DAH! ps. ur wii is da bomb! totaallly cool idea and if i double posted sry its my fukin cpu
  52. steve
    so far, i have yet to notice any wear and tear on the paint in the 6 months i;ve used it. Granted, i'm not using it every day for marathons of Wii Sports or anything, but normal usage hasn't shown any wear at all.
  53. Yako
    Hey, for all the people dissing this sick nasty wii, how about you try and make one, my guess is it will be shitty as hell. A little ingenuity never hurt anybody, so until you make one for yourself, and it looks nicer than this one you cant talk shit. So Fuck Off.
  54. i banged a hot chick
    hey great idea..thats some sick shit...i think that your wii and remotes turned out great just the only thing i would change is the triforce cuz i dont like zelda but still sweet..have you tried talking to nintendo at all?
  55. Daniel
    I have to say, that I could not agree with you in 100% regarding , but it's just my opinion, which could be wrong :)
  56. Homie
    Cool! nice job! just askin, is it easy to get the face plates of without braking the wii-mote?
  57. Ant
    This is so sickk... i wanna do this right now..
  58. flava
    how did you open the wii remote and nunchuk without breaking off the little plastik latches at the top?
  59. steve
    @flava The Wii remote and nunchuck come apart very easily, just unscrew them (with the triangle screws) and then unsnap them. It may seem like you're going to break it, but they come off easy.
  60. Robert
    I have to say one thing about your screws, they are not triangular, they are in the shape of a y. If you zoom in on the photo you can very easily that the screw is in the shape of a Y not a triangle.
  61. steve
    @robert yes, i know they are not "triangles" but rather Y shaped, but for some unknown/forgotten reason, I called them triangle screws when i was taking it appart, and since then, that's what i call them...
  62. Doug
    Being the true zelda fan, that i am. I must say I'm impressed. Makes me want one.
  63. fierywrath12345
    i found the tri-point screwdriver for your disecting.....it's at the giantstore.com here is a link or url http://www.thegiantstore.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=261 hope it helps
  64. me, not you
    just thought you would like to know, your crazy!
  65. Peter
    very nice! i would like to do a hack like this only extrude the triforce and put leds behind it. it would of looked more, twilight princes if instead of blak you used dark purple or a foresty green. but it still looks the best wii case paint yet.(mine will beat yours)
  66. Reakain
    The paint tends to crack and flake off if it can't stick to the surface underneath. Did you sand the nunchuck before you painted it? Those things are really smooth... Just 600 sandpaper or higher would work fine and it would still be smooth - but the paint would be happy to stick <3 Also, now I have to try this. =3 What sealant did you use?
  67. Emilio
    oye ke clase de pintura nesesito pa pintarla
  68. Emilio
    whi paint for wii
  69. Emilio
    sprai montana
  70. KiRa
    which brand of paint should be used please respond
    1. steve
      any brand spray paint will do, as long as it's marked for plastic
  71. Steve
    Ha ha ha ha ha - FFS what did you do that for - it looks like a piece of shit.

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