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    case mods

    is there anywhere i can buy case mods?my wii white case is pretty damaged up and im looking for a normal black wii case,i looked at ebay and amazon and i just cant seem to find any,i also want one for a good price.
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    Normally you can find them on Amazon but they are listed as Unavailable currently. Did you at least find the product listing?

    Search in either Amazon or Google for "Wii Case Mods" and you'll find plenty of places to get a new one. Or you can do like me and just paint that sucker. Went with silver paint and used clear transparent labels to re-create the lettering ("Wii", "Power", "Reset", etc).

    If your current case is damaged, then the most economical way may be to hit ebay for an old white case and paint it, of course. I saw a Wii go for 1$ with no DVD drive in it. I should have jumped on that one, who knows, it may still have worked and been perfectly moddable....


    EDIT: go to ebay and type in "Rep;lacement Full Shell Housing Case Part Kit for Nintendo Wii Console - White" yes, be sure to put the semi-colon in the middle of "replacement". That's a seller that selling them brand new for about $25.00 USD. They're shipping from Honk Kong though, so be prepared to wait a good three weeks.
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    thanks for the help,but waiting 3 weeks is too much i'd rather pain it but i don't know anything about painting,when someone tells me about painting i think of kidergarden splashing around painting,i don't know how to do those clean paint jobs like they do on cars nor do i know anyone who knows how to do them,anyhelp on the painting idea would be great though that is what im looking forward to do

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    Painting your own case is the most cost effective and personally rewarding option. However, it does take a little bit of practice, but all in all is pretty straightforward. If you've got some old plastic or metal lying around (an old computer case, perhaps) that would be great to get a little practice on. The only caveat is that it requires a bit of patience to get the best results. It's very easy to be a little over-zealous when painting.

    A rough step-by-step:

    Materials Needed

    Spray Primer
    Spray Paint
    High grit sandpaper (anything between 240 to 600 will be great)
    frog tape (green painters tape, 3M also makes a blue painters tape)
    some cardboard for the little parts (I cut slits in the top of a pizza box and pressed the faceplate and buttons into the slits, so that they would remain immobile while I painted)
    very fine steel wool (get it in the painter's section, do NOT use scouring pads)
    patience (and possibly, pizza)
    some rags

    Preparation

    Step 1: Take apart your Wii. You can find guides online or, just do it yourself. When I took mine apart, I drew a diagram of where every screw went, and kept every different screw type in it's own separate compartment in a fishing tackle box. You will want to do this because it'll be apart for a while.

    Step 2: Remove all stickers and rubber pads.

    Step 3: Cover the internal parts. I removed the top of the case and all of the trim pieces, but I didn't remove the hardware from the bottom. Tape off all of the open ports (like the GC controller ports, etc) and use some newspaper to cover anything that you don't want covered. Also, I custom cut some 110 lb index card stock (index paper) and ran it around the sides of the Wii, tall enough to cover all of the internal parts. This gives enough strength to place the bottom upside down and paint the bottom of the case.

    Once everything is apart, taped, and labelled, your prep-work is done. Time to get on with the actual painting.

    Painting

    Step 1: Sand all the surfaces to be painted with a high-grit sandpaper, such as 240, 320, or 600 grit paper. You will want to use this to remove the glossy finish from your Wii. This will provide better adhesion for the primer.

    Step 2: Lay down a coat of primer. On your first coat, you want enough to color the Wii, not cover it. Allow that to dry for the recommended time (usually 10 to 30 minutes between recoats) and then spray it again. Remember, always spray lightly from about 8 inches away. Work in straight lines horizontally from left to right. Don't just start shaking the can randomly and hoping for a good result. When I paint, I'll just head in the garage and give it another spray every few hours throughout the day. Remember, too thick and you'll get runs, plus the paint has a harder time drying. The last thing you want is the paint coming off when everything is said and done.

    Step 3: Once your Wii is all primed well and dried (this should take a few days), then you will want to take your steel wool and buff the primed areas. Not too much, and be very careful around the edges. It's easy to take too much off of those areas. Your taking the dull and uneven spots off with this. When you're all done, the primer should be smooth and shiny.

    Step 4: Wipe off all wool and primer residue with a damp cloth. Make sure it's clean before painting.

    Step 5: Lay down your first coat of paint. Same rules apply as priming. You should only have to recoat a few times.

    Step 6: Allow the paint to dry completely. Observe for any imperfections or light areas that need to be re-coated.

    Step 7: Buff the paint with the steel wool again (same rules as above). You'll want to make sure the paint is dry and not tacky before doing this.

    Step 8: Apply clear coat if desired. One coat should do it, and you shouldn't have to buff that (actually, I'm not sure if you want to buff that).

    Step 9: Allow the finished product to "cure" for a few more days.

    Step 10: Reassemble and enjoy.

    Some things to keep in mind

    This is your Wii, and you want it to look nice. You don't have to go hog wild with the paint, but don't get the el cheapo stuff either. Middle of the road is fine. Just grab a can of spray primer and paint, something in the $5 range. When painting, it's best to do several light coats more often than one thick coat. Remember you want just enough to color the Wii, not cover it. Allow that to dry for the recommended time (usually 10 to 30 minutes between recoats for primer, usually 2 hours between recoats for paint. Check the directions for the actual brand you're using) and then spray it again. Remember, always spray lightly from about 8 inches away. Work in straight lines horizontally from left to right. Don't just start shaking the can randomly and hoping for a good result. And be patient. You'll be a lot happier with the results if you work slowly and patiently rather than trying to get it all done in an hour.

    This is a quick and dirty run-down of the steps that I use when doing paint jobs. I am by no means a professional painter, but this is what I learned simply from trial and error. Good luck!


    I may be repainting my Wii again. If I do, I'll take pictures and make a photo tutorial.
    Last edited by BabyDaddy; 08-23-2012 at 06:40 AM.

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