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Index of Doll Care: Do/Do Not, Tips & Tricks  
02:37am 13/11/2006
 
 
This index is a list of what is safe and not safe to use on your doll. I've researched everything thoroughly before posting, but I still am not liable for any damage caused from using anything listed. Anything that is questionable for use on resin is noted as such. I have coded the questionables as follows: "\" next to it, that means someone said NO, but with no other confirmation or not having used any other product ever. "^" means at least one person recommended it and a "?" means that there was no answer on using this product.


"Sealants"


There are a lot of sealants out there and not everyone is able to get the almighty Mister Super Clear, so here is a list of sealants and whether or not they can be used, according to DoA. Always remember to use a "matte" or "flat" product unless you want your $600 doll looking like Barbie's giant shiny cousin.

DoA A-OK -> (in order of awesome) Mr Super Clear Matte/UV Cut, Model Masters Lusterless (flat) Lacquer Overcoat, Mr Top Coat Matte, Testors Dullcote.

Questionable -> Citadel/Games Workshop Matte Sealer/Purity Seal\\, Windsor & Newton (matte whatever)\, FolkArt/Plaid matte\, Micador matte?, Crystal Kote matte?, Americana matte?, LusterKoat matte?, LUKAS SPRUHFILM matte?, Grumbacher's matte?

NO WAY! -> Krylon Matte, oil based anything!, workable fixatives, stuff with acetone in it.



Paints, Pastels & Varnishes


Yay! -> Liquitex Acrylic Paints, Chalk Pastels, PrismaColor Pencils.

Mebbe? -> regular pencil\.

Nay! -> oil based anything!, sharpie, pen, dark nail polish, Hobby Colour Clear Gloss.



Cleaners & Solvents


Yes! -> Volks Cleaning Sponge, Mr Clean Magic Eraser, gentle dishsoap and water.

Uh, Maybe? -> acetone nail polish remover?\^?*, baking soda, toothpaste.

No! -> bleach, oil-based anything!, colored nail polish remover.

*There has been a lot of debate over whether acetone = bad, so to be on the safe side, I recommend not using it. If you do use it, rinse very well and often with water and wash doll afterward to remove residue.

 
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 ikipud
 
09:49pm 25/09/2007 (UTC)
 
 
pudding
Do you know if gouache paints would be ok? They're similar to watercolours so they should be alright but I'm not sure
 
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 bjd_wtf
 
06:41pm 27/09/2007 (UTC)
 
 
Only if they don't have oil in them. I would suggest asking their contents at your local hobby store.
 
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 ragamuffinz
 
02:49am 19/02/2008 (UTC)
 
 
ジャニス
this is so late, but i just saw the commment while reading through bjd_wtf and gouache paints are fine, i've used them on my dolls before. i like gouache best since it can be acrylic or watercolor depending on how much water is added :)
 
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 ikipud
 
06:56pm 19/02/2008 (UTC)
 
 
pudding
That's the main reason I was wondering (because it can be like acrylics or watercolour)

Thanks so much =]
 
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?
 (Anonymous)
 
02:37am 18/02/2008 (UTC)
 
 
You wouldn't know what a magic block was? I saw it on LUTS site, and I wondered what it was :)
 
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Re: ?
 ikipud
 
06:59pm 19/02/2008 (UTC)
 
 
pudding
It's a sort of sponge that you can use to erase faceups/marks/stains on your doll when you add water to it.

You can buy them from Wilkinsons if you live in the UK. I don't know where you'd get them elsewhere but stores would probably have them near the cleaning products - washing up liquid/bleach etc
 
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Re: ?
 (Anonymous)
 
06:27pm 21/02/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Thank you! Is it a normal sponge, or does it work in some special way? Do you absolutely need it to clean your doll?
 
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Re: ?
 ikipud
 
09:25pm 21/02/2008 (UTC)
 
 
pudding
I think it's made out of a certain material that's really good at cleaning stuff XD (or something like that)

You don't ABSOLUTELY need it to clean your doll. Before I found one, I just used a cloth and some toothpaste - it works surprisingly well 8D
 
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Re: ?
 bunnisteffi
 
01:23pm 25/06/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Bunnisteffi lay flayrah u silflay.
The material's melamine foam. Depending on where you are, you can get it from a $2 chain store called Daiso for... 2 dollars. :D
 
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Re: ?
 bjd_wtf
 
11:15pm 21/02/2008 (UTC)
 
 
IT's a magic clean eraser. IT's used to clean dolls.
 
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Acetone
 (Anonymous)
 
07:17am 05/06/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Causes the resin to melt,so it definitely shouldn't be used.
 
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Re: Acetone
 bjd_wtf
 
11:40pm 18/08/2008 (UTC)
 
 
This is only true of some resins. Some have no reaction at all.
 
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What to use to seal an Obitsu body???
 (Anonymous)
 
04:20pm 21/08/2008 (UTC)
 
 
I NEED HELP! I bought an Obitsu doll it's plastic and vinyl and I have no idea what to use to seal her with or to spray on her first because she is vinyl and plastic? Please help!!! This is my first doll.
 
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Re: What to use to seal an Obitsu body???
 bjd_wtf
 
09:13pm 24/08/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Mister Super Clear or Testor's Dull Cote.
 
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faceups
 (Anonymous)
 
12:35am 06/12/2008 (UTC)
 
 
i am getting my first bjd and i'm really confused about sealing and removing makeup.
i know msc is the best, but honestly its really expensive and i don't want to pay that much.
what's a cheaper alternative, and what's the best thing to use to remove a face up?
 
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Re: faceups
 bjd_wtf
 
07:13pm 16/02/2009 (UTC)
 
 
You can use cheaper sealants, but you get what you pay for.

I absolutely would not use hair spray.

I use rubbing alcohol to remove faceups, but other people use other things.
 
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Makeup
 ivory_byrd
 
02:40pm 03/08/2010 (UTC)
 
 
ivory_byrd
I was wondering coz i had seen it in the forums if real makeup would be used for faceups, i found a good blushing color (NYC Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder) and before i use it and possibly stain my doll, do you think it or other basic non oil based makeup would work instead of chalk pastels?
 
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 bjd_wtf
 
09:53pm 03/04/2014 (UTC)
 
 
I have not used makeup on any of my resin so I can't say. Most makeups do have oil in them though, so be careful experimenting.
 
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What about prismacolor final fixative?
 (Anonymous)
 
04:28am 17/12/2010 (UTC)
 
 
I was wondering if Prismacolor Final Fixative matte would work as a safe sealant?
 
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 bjd_wtf
 
09:51pm 03/04/2014 (UTC)
 
 
I honestly don't know. I have not tried to use anything but Mr Super Clear since my first substitution mistake. Sorry. My best help would be to read the contents of this spray and see if there is any oils or acetones in it.

Edited at 2014-04-03 10:39 pm (UTC)
 
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 (Anonymous)
 
10:20pm 19/10/2012 (UTC)
 
 
Sealants available in the UK?
 
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 bjd_wtf
 
09:49pm 03/04/2014 (UTC)
 
 
I am sorry, I am in USA so I can't answer this one.
 
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 (Anonymous)
 
03:22am 11/02/2013 (UTC)
 
 
This is likely old buuuut - any idea if Americana is good, for acrylic paints? Liquitex is a tad pricey.
 
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 bjd_wtf
 
09:48pm 03/04/2014 (UTC)
 
 
Any acrylic paint is fine but more expensive paints do deliver a better and easier result.
 
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 (Anonymous)
 
11:50am 29/03/2014 (UTC)
 
 
Hiya, would a no oil makeup remover be ok to remove faceups?
 
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 bjd_wtf
 
09:43pm 03/04/2014 (UTC)
 
 
I would not recommend it since I have no idea whats in that. Rubbing alcohol is very cheap and easy to obtain. Try that.
 
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 (Anonymous)
 
08:40pm 03/04/2014 (UTC)
 
 
I've seen someone use Krylon matte UV, it looked fine. Some of these "recommendations" sound a bit opinionated and forceful
 
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 bjd_wtf
 
09:39pm 03/04/2014 (UTC)
 
 
Actually, Krylon pits resin's surface, depending on the resin and filler used. You won't see this until you remove it in most cases. Since it is not safe for ALL dolls, It is on the Do Not Use list. But if you don't want to learn from other people's mistakes, by all means, use Krylon. :)
 
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 bjd_wtf
 
09:55pm 03/04/2014 (UTC)
 
 
You know what, the more I read this "question" back, the more offended I get. I have spent years collecting this information and putting it all together in one easy to use format for absolutely no other reason than to help the BJD community. This information is the result of many experiments and posts by lots of people, not my OPINION. I do this to help, not to respond to snotty questions from cowardly anons. :(

Edited at 2014-04-03 09:57 pm (UTC)
 
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