How to Spray Paint Your Joycons

Have you ever wanted to add a little bit of personality to your Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons? Well, now you can with this easy how-to guide on spray painting your Joy-Cons!

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This guide will show you how to spray paint your Joycons to give them a new look! You will need:
-Painter’s tape
-Newspaper or drop cloth
-Spray paint
-Clear sealant (optional)

Follow these steps to get started:
1. Prepare your work area by covering it with newspaper or a drop cloth. Make sure the area is well ventilated.
2. Tape off the areas of the Joycons that you do not want to be painted. Use painters tape or masking tape to create clean lines.
3. Shake the can of spray paint well before beginning. Apply the paint in light, even coats, taking care not to apply too much paint at once. Allow the paint to dry completely between coats.
4. Once you are satisfied with the color, remove the tape and allow the paint to dry completely. If desired, apply a clear sealant to protect the finish.

What You’ll Need

-Acrylic paint
-Duct tape
-Wire hangers (optional)

Step One: Remove the Joycons from the Switch

The first step is to remove the Joycons from the Switch. You can do this by gently pushing on the release button on the back of the controller, then sliding the Joycon off of the rails. Once they’re off, you can unscrew the four screws on the back of each Joycon using a Phillips head screwdriver. Be careful not to lose the screws!

Step Two: Clean the Joycons

Now that the Joycons are disassembled, it’s time to clean them. I used a can of compressed air to blow away any dust or dirt that might be on the surface. You can also use a cotton swab dampened with isopropyl alcohol to clean things up. Once the surface is clean, give the plastic a few minutes to dry before proceeding.

Step Three: Mask Off the Joycons

Now that your work area is prepared, it’s time to get started on the painting process. The first step is to mask off the Joycons so you don’t accidentally paint them. To do this, you’ll need some painters tape and newspaper.

Start by taping off the edges of the Joycons with the painters tape. Make sure to go slowly and carefully so you don’t accidentally paint the Joycons. Once the edges are taped off, cover the rest of the Joycons with newspaper.

Once the Joycons are masked off, you’re ready to start painting!

Step Four: Spray Paint the Joycons

Now that the primer has dried, it’s time to start spray painting your Joycons! Again, make sure to work in a well-ventilated area. We recommend using light coats so that the paint evenly covers the Joycons without creating any drips or runs. Allow the paint to dry completely between coats. Depending on the paint you’re using, you may need to apply several coats before the Joycons are evenly covered.

Step Five: Let the Paint Dry

Now that you have finished applying paint to your Joy-Cons, it is important to let the paint dry completely before moving on to the next step. Depending on the type of paint you used, this could take anywhere from a few hours to a full day. Once the paint is dry, you can proceed to the next step.

Step Six: Reassemble the Joycons

It’s finally time to reassemble your newly painted Joycons! Make sure that you put the back halves of the controllers on first, and then snap on the front halves. Don’t forget to put the Joycon straps back on too. Once you’re finished, your Joycons will be good as new… or at least, they’ll look new.

Step Seven: Enjoy Your New Joycons!

Your new Joycons are now complete! You can enjoy them with your friends and family, or use them to show off your creative side. Remember, when you’re finished playing with your Joycons, be sure to put them away in a safe place so they’ll be ready for your next gaming session.


In conclusion, if you want to add a little color to your Joy-Con controllers, some inexpensive spray paint is a great option. Just be sure to use light coats and allow plenty of time for the paint to dry between coats. And don’t forget to remove the battery pack before painting!

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