This is a step by step tutorial on how to disassemble a wireless Xbox 360 controller for painting. Painting the controller takes time and effort, but if you prepare the controller correctly, great things can happen. Good Luck!
1. Remove the Battery Case - Turn the controller over and remove the battery pack.
2. Remove the Serial Number - Utilizing a craft knife, carefully remove the top left corner of the serial number sticker. Then place the knife under the sticker and, pressing against the SIDE of the blade with your thumb, remove the sticker.
3. Remove the Back Screws - Locate the seven screws on the back of the controller. Remove all of the outer screws first. After the first six screws are removed, finally remove the middle screw below the serial number sticker.
4. Remove the Back of the Controller - While grasping the top and bottom of the controller with one hand, gently remove the back of the controller by pulling up on the bottom area first, then remove back past trigger area.
5. Remove the Bottom Plate - Without completely removing the circuit board, remove the bottom plate. The bottom plate is secured by five different spots: two on the left and two on the right and one in the middle.
6. Remove the Circuit Board - Ground yourself! Use a static discharge area! Then grasp the top and bottom of the circuit board (plastic pieces, not the circuit board). Gently pull circuit board out and place to the side. If circuit board is stuck, press on the two analog sticks and the circuit board should “pop” up.
7. Remove the Rubber Pieces - Carefully take off the rubber pad behind the buttons. Remember which direction the pads are facing for reassembly.
8. Remove All Buttons - Turn over face and let all the buttons fall on to table. The B, Y, A, X, Select, Start, and Dashboard Buttons should drop easily. The outer edge of the Dashboard button might take some pressing.
9. Remove D-Pad Screws - Locate the two screws on the back of the D-Pad. Using a small phillips head screwdriver, unscrew the two silver screws and place off to the side.
10. Release Notches in D-Pad - Using a small flat head screwdriver, press the tabs towards the center of the D-Pad. The D-Pad will just drop out.
11. Remove Top Plate - Grab hold of the LB/RB buttons with both hands. Gently push down on the controller while lifting up on the Top Plate.
12. Remove the LB/RB Buttons - Turn the top plate so that you are looking at the bottom of it. Grasping the LB/RB, press down on the top plate. The buttons are secured by the two prongs located in the center of the top plate.
13. Sync Button Removal - OPTIONAL – Press the screwdriver into the back side of the sync button and press up. You will break this piece off and the weld is located in the center.
14. Remove The Rumble Packs - Gently grab the white plug that is attached to the circuit board. Remove the plug, but be careful to not pull the base off of the circuit board.
15. Remove Trigger Arms - Grabbing the trigger in one hand and the trigger arm in the other, gently separate the two pieces just enough to press the arm down once they are separated.
16. Remove Triggers - The best way to do this is on the instructional video below, in the introduction. Using both hands, separate the trigger assembly and with your thumb, press up on the bottom arm of the trigger. Be careful to get the screws. Remove the triggers by turning them gently down and to the right or left. You are done!
17. Finished - Now read tutorials on customizing your controller!
- Ground yourself before you touch the controller circuit board.
- This will void the warranty!