Tips on housing mod

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by DarkWinterCloud, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. DarkWinterCloud

    DarkWinterCloud Member

    Jul 27, 2017
    Hello guys!

    I'm thinking about give a new fresh look to my old N3Ds, the smaller one, and I cant find any "custom" housing online.

    I'm looking to do something similar of what the OoT3D edition 3Ds would look like, since I cant find any housing with the illustrations or designs of the version, I'm thinking in doing a fully "custom" print on my device.

    My objectives are:

    1- Give a paint job from "inside out" (kind of the feeling I have when I pick it up and see that the "paint job" is on the inner part of the acrylic housing)
    For this I would have to completelly remove the old paint

    What kind of solvent should I use to remove it? Is it possible?

    2- If possible, mashup some different colors on the buttons

    3- Maybe do a hardware mod microusb port (I already have all the cables inside ready to solder then in the MicroSD card)

    4- My 3Ds had a logic board problem recently, and I had to repair it with some new components, and I couldnt charge it through me charging port. I would like to give a "upgrade" on the battery, I have a cilindrical 4800mAh that have about 4cm diameter that I'm willing to put inside it, even with a buff on the housing (I prefer battery life than a slim device).

    5- I saw in some youtube video someone put a QI wirelless charging coil inside it and I would like to try it.

    So... First things first... How can I remove the paint from the housing? Im thinking in making it clear, then I can paint some of my own work on it with excelent quality acrylic paint.
    If everything else is too much for his tiny body, I'll definetly make just the paint job, in order to feel more personal in some way.

    Is someone interested in how this will look like? :)
    Last edited by DarkWinterCloud, Feb 5, 2019
  2. jamezfat

    jamezfat GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 11, 2016
    United States
    Mom's basement
    The smaller new 3DS has a matte finish coat over the main plastic body.

    You can try chemical bases methods to removing it, but Nintendo makes fairly robust stuff, so I doubt that will do much.

    Honestly, your best bet is to gently sand it down, just enough to get the matte finish off

    You would want very fine sand paper of course

    And you could probably even use something like a magic eraser.
    It would take a while, but you aren't likely to wear it down too far with something like that
  3. TurdPooCharger

    TurdPooCharger Meh

    Jan 1, 2018
    United States
    The shell housings for the 3DS systems are not clear plastic. It's blow inject molded ABS with a base color of black or white depending if the unit came in warm or cool color. You'll have to change plans to exterior coloring.

    There are numerous tutorials out there about colorizing consoles, handhelds, and controllers. There are paint strippers safe for ABS, but I'm not sure what's carried in Brazil. Some people go straight to fine grit paper sanding (with stripper or water), spray painting with primer, color, and sealant, low heat baking the paint for stronger paint bond, and micro polishing for smoother finish. There's even camo painting dipping something into water. Even crazier are those who either anodize or powder coating the plastics with electrostatic primer.

    Parts for the n3DS are hard to come by.
    The only purposes of MicroUSB are:
    Oh, you mean @Dennis G?
    You gotta make sure you get a Qi pad with thin coil packs. There are crappy ones with use fat coils that won't fit nor charge as good.

    The only transparent or clear 3DS known to exist is in Nintendo's possession.
    If you're still interesting in a clear housing shell, be ready to fork over serious amounts of R$ to custom blown injection mold them. You would have to get in contact with China based companies that make and resell the official shells housings on aliexpress/alibaba, dhgate, etc. They have the blueprints but will only make them if you wholesale purchase several hundred units at the upper hundreds / lower thousands dollars per a placed order. Basically, this kind of purchase means you plan to be an front end seller of 3DS clear shells.

    The next best bet is to reverse engineer the shell molds with a 1-to-1 CAD model and then 3D print them in clear plastic. This too is also super expensive.

    Whatever mods you pull off, do tell and share.


    Late Edit #1 - Okay, there were clear o2DS.

    Late Edit #2 - Got my terminologies wrong. Blow molding is more common with glassware using air. Injection molding is filling liquid plastic into shaped cavity.
    Last edited by TurdPooCharger, Feb 13, 2019 at 6:29 PM