As most of you know, I’ve had to cry, suck it up, deal with it, take it like a man, and place my PS5 sideways. As most of you also know, it’s not aesthetically designed with that orientation in mind. Every day I looked at it, a part of my died inside. Anyway, I painted the side panels on it and I couldn’t be happier with the results, AND it’s completely reversible.
But more importantly, very cheap… and I’m Asian, I know how to do a lot with very little. It also doesn’t take long: it took me about an hour total not including drying time (which is about 2-4 hours depending on conditions). Keep in mind I had no plan originally to make this video. It wasn’t until I saw the results that I wanted to share this, and thus, my panels are already painted. Let’s get started, though.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Rubbing alcohol (and something to wipe with)
- Masking tape
- Black Plasti Dip spray which is about $6 at Home Depot
- And that’s it!
Step 1: Remove Side Panels
- Almost everyone I’ve seen doing this is doing it wrong. You do not need to peel the corner: this is not your opportunity to show everyone how strong your weak nerd muscles are. It’s rather simple: brace the bottom so it doesn’t slide; then just lift and pull. Lift and pull. Lift… and pull.
- Repeat for the other side.
- NOTE: You’ll also see that because I have to mount the stand on the side, it pushed the Plasti Dip in from the edge a little. This is of zero concern, of course.
Step 2: Wipe Clean
- There’s a good chance that in handling your PS5, you got your disgusting finger cheese all over it. So wipe the surface thoroughly with the rubbing alcohol and then dry it.
Step 3: Mask Side Panels
- This is also very simple: pull your masking tape a little longer than each side, and then apply it. Cover all four sides, and you’re ready to paint.
- You’ll notice that there’s a little lip here that’s exposed, but don’t worry about that: you’ll notice that if you feel the edge of the panel, there’s a bit of a “sharp” lip on it, and that comes into play in the final step; you’ll also notice that the sharp lip may feel imperfect, as mine had some imperfections in it as well.
Step 4: Spray Paint Side Panels
- Honestly, if I have to explain how to use a rattle can to you, you lived a very boring childhood and maybe this isn’t for you.
- The good news is that if you really want to do this and are scared: don’t be! Plasti Dip is completely removable, and THUS this entire process is COMPLETELY reversible.
- If you screw up, let it dry, peel it all off, and try again.
Step 5: Let Dry and Clean Edges
- Once it’s completely dried for about 4 hours, you’ll see your overspray on the edge.
- This part is easy, simply take your finger or a paper towel and rub at the overspray. You’ll see it comes right off!
- To show what I mean, I was touching up the area around the logo. You can see how easy it is to remove Plasti Dip.
- That “sharp” edge you felt back in step 3 acts as a “crease”, and you only need to rub just up to the edge and the Plastidip will peel off.
And for just $6, you’re done! Simply put the panels back on and enjoy a much sleeker-looking PS5 whether you stand it up or put it on its side. I hope this helps a few people enjoy looking at their PS5 a little more. On the flipside, I will not be held liable for any mistakes you make.