neferasnotebook asked: Hello Doll Tutorials! I've got a second-hand MH doll with some nail polish on her lips. Can I remove the polish without removing factory paint? Also, how does the faceup process differ if I only want to repaint lips? 1) Do I still have to spray sealant on her lips or can I just use brush-on sealant solely on her lips? 2) should I use watercolor pencils to color her lips or paint, and if so what kind? 3) Also, what gloss do you recommend ? Thank you!
You will have to remove the factory lip paint with the nail polish, I’m afraid. Removing the top layer will start removing the bottom layers, since you may have to scrub it off. Nail polish is not a good paint to use on dolls at all. It contains lots of chemicals, and can really damage the doll.
I’ve never repainted just the lips, so I may be incorrect in my assumptions. If anyone reading this has more info, please add to this post!
My thinking is that if you want this lip paint to be permanent, then go ahead and just paint in the lips, and add gloss sealant on top.( I wouldn’t recommend this though, since it can stain the doll over time)
If you want to be able to change it in the future, and not stain the doll, then adding the brush-on sealant to the lips first is a good idea.
You can use watercolor pencils, but an initial layer of sealant will be needed to get the pencil to really show up. Acrylic paint is the type you need if you go that route. Always use paints/watercolor pencils that are water-based. Anything oil-based can damage the doll as well.
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Hope that helps!
Try soaking the doll’s head in water for an extended period of time and seeing if you can lift up an edge/scrape it off with a razor blade. Nail polish isn’t water-soluble, but it does tend to separate from nails with a lot of water exposure (frequent hand washings, baths, dishwashing), so there’s a chance it will work.