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« on: March 01, 2013 09:35:55 PM »

So while removing my MH CAM werewolf girl's make-up I slipped up and smeared it terribly (her ears are like that because she's going to be an elf).


I have tried acetone nail polish remover but it only took off a little. I even soaked her face in "Dawn overnight soaking power with bleach alternative" for five minutes then scrubbed her face with a toothbrush. That took off a bit more but soaking it a second time didn't take off any more of it.
Can she be salvaged or did I just ruin her?
I have seen where customizers have used paint to change a doll's skin tone but can't find out what sort. I had a friend tell me that she read some dollers use acrylics mixed with mod podge but would that really work for the whole body or only the head?
Any help would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2013 01:43:54 AM »

I think nail polish remover is diluted acetone (at least mine is)- if you can find the stronger purer stuff, it will probably work a lot better/remove more.

As for their skin, a friend of mine dyes My Little Ponies (which I think are made of the same plastic/vinyl stuff as MH dolls?) with RIT dye. If you are really set on painting it, I think modpodge with acrylics will work, but just be sure to do lots of really light coats (thick coats of paint over a figure look like crap), letting it dry fully inbetween each.

I love her ears! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2013 01:36:53 PM »

I have no idea I would find pure acetone, unless a beauty supply store like Sally's might have it.
Ah, I'll have to keep the dye in mind for other projects as she is to have white, maybe pale grey skin.
Keep it thin. Thanks for the tips!

Her ears had little posts on them and were meant to clip into her hair. I decided that I would rather have an elf than a werewolf. So I snipped off the clip and posts then used Loctite Plastics Bonding System to put her ears on.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2013 12:33:12 AM »

I got it off!
It was a happy accident: I had started to paint her face with water diluted acrylics but had it a little too thick. So I tried to scrub it off with a mild soap and toothbrush. It still didn't want to come off so I grabbed my acetone nail polish remover and set to work scrubbing her face with a cotton ball. A few minutes later and voila! Her face was clean!
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2013 10:49:27 AM »

Yay that you got it clean!! I've had similar problems with Monster High dolls (especially one, since I painted, and re-painted her face about.. 5 times, and by the last time it was getting harder and harder to clean it completely).  Definitely get some less diluted acetone.  I found some at a Drug Store, and it was the same price as nail polish remover.. so totally worth it (although it can damage the plastic A LOT faster too.. sigh sigh sigh).   I think that the Monster High plastic just likes to suck up a lot of colour sometimes for little reason.. I read that putting a sealer on the face after removing the original face paint and before adding a new face-up is recommended in order to keep the plastic in good condition... but I am yet to do that myself.   Very cool ears by the way!!
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2013 10:06:05 PM »

A sealer before AND after? Thanks for the tip Cheesy
I sealed it afterward but wouldn't have thought to seal it beforehand.
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2013 12:48:04 PM »

Windsor Newton brush cleaner. Everything comes off almost right away. No smear, no smudge, less time.

I seal before, after, and between certain details.
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« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2013 08:49:22 PM »

Thanks for the tip Cheesy
I'll have to get some to have on hand when I do more customs :3
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2013 07:20:11 PM »

Has anyone ever thought of airbrushing to paint a whole body?  There are extremely neat sparkly airbrushing paints out there and it's very easy to put an even, light coat with an air brush.   
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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2013 08:44:43 AM »

Some of the tutorials I have found online for Monster Highs use air brushing, but usually for small details and bit shading..  For doing it on a whole body I think it would work you might have to sand the joints a bunch after though (which you have to do sometimes anyways after you take them apart or mix them up, I totally wish that I had one to try it out.  Especially if you wanted to do cool effects of fading between colours.
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