Kids and electronics usually don’t mix. I have more than one broken headphone jack and a missing iPod thanks to my siblings. With my family visiting this week, my younger sister will be looking for something controller-shaped to play with and promptly demolish. So I’m prepping my living room’s game controllers for the reckoning with some Sugru, the silicone and rubber adhesive putty that lets you customise basically everything you own.
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Well, I won’t be customising my current PS4 controllers. Those are going in a box. I’m coating old Xbox 360 controllers in Sugru, making sure they can stand up to the challenge of actual children.
The hardened rubbery Sugru will protect your controller from plastic-breaking falls. In order for this to work, you need to figure out where to actually put the stuff on your controller, with all its curves and edges.
A quick way to figure out where to apply your Sugru is to lay your controller on a flat surface and see where the points of contact are. Those are the first spots that should get some rubbery love. From there, you can mould the Sugru into whatever shape you think is best.
Putting some on the sides of the controller where the seams meet can prevent it from popping open or creating fractures in the plastic, and adding a bit on top of the joysticks will also protect them from dirty snack-covered fingers. That few minutes of prep will save you some broken electronics and keep rambunctious youngsters satisfied.