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Q.  Do you offer green ear removal? Is the process long?
A.  Yes!  I have developed a new treatment that works well, but only if the doll has NEVER had any prior green ear treatment whatsoever (please note that Swirls and #4 Ponytails seem to be the most stubborn).  Please email me for more information and please see this page on my site  Green Ear Removal Examples.
GREEN EAR (and other stains resulting from metal oxidation): This is a result of metal earrings (or the stands, nails, etc.) having oxidized up against the vinyl and staining it.  I have a great treatment for this. This treatment is not available for home use. Please see more important information about this treatment on my Beauty Spa page and my Green Ear Removal page. 

**Mod ("Pink Skin") Dolls  -- This type of vinyl is much more challenging as it is  more delicate than the vintage tan vinyl. Unfortunately oxidation stains remove the pink (or black) coloring from of the Mod Dolls' vinyl, and it must be re-colored after treatment.  Treatment success varies with the pink skin dolls, and is more unpredictable on this type of vinyl.

     Tarnex - I do NOT recommend using Tarnex  to treat green ear! While it may first appear to be working, the area will later turn a dark brown. Plus the doll will smell terrible.  Tarnex can also damage original face paint (it can turn the blue eyes green and eventually fade all color from the eyes) and stain the hair.

     Removezit - If you decide to treat your doll at home with Removezit, please do not use the cream inside the doll's head!  This will damage the original face paint (it can turn the blue eyes green and eventually fade all color from the eyes).  After the treatment is complete, do not store the doll in an enclosed area (such as a doll display box). The fumes from Removezit can fade the original eye paint. The treatment process is slow, often up to a year. Store the Removezit in the refrigerator and buy a fresh jar after one year.
    It is not safe to use on Mod (Pink Skin) vinyl since after the doll has been  re-colored (post treatment), the area quickly turns white again.

     CLR is another treatment that is often used.  It will cause the original face paint to fade! I do not recommend this harsh cleaner due to the results I have seen and have had to repair!

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NOTE: This pretty redhead has new lips, brows and lashes.   For more photos of my work, please click here.

Q.  Hello. I was looking at your wonderful website about restoration and wondered if you can help me?
 have a ponytail Barbie and Bubblecut.  Both with greasy faces. I am so afraid that they will
just melt away. Is there anything to get rid of the grease and to stabilize it? Can you fix them?
A.  Unfortunately there is no way to stop this type of vinyl from becoming greasy, but you can periodically wipe away the oil with some rubbing alcohol on a q-tip.  Just be gentle when you go over the face paint (and if your doll has had any face paint touch ups then you would not want to touch the new paint with alcohol).    You can then put a little bit of baby powder on a dry q-tip and powder the faces a bit, too.  This will all have to be repeated periodically.
Q.  My husband and son bought me a beautiful raven haired bubblecut.  I have just had an opportunity to inspect her more closely and there are dots of green on both ears underneath her hoop earrings.  All the advice on the internet sounds complicated, and I don’t really want to risk treating it myself for fear of doing more damage.  The green has not spread and is just dots, although one ear is worse than the other.  Does green ear spread, once the earrings have been taken out?  Do you think I should do something about it or just leave it? Any advice you can offer me will be much appreciated, as I believe you to be someone who loves what she does and has integrity in the work she does.
A.  I have always said that the most lovely (and un-played with Barbies) are the dolls that have green ear.  I think we all need to fight this stigma against dolls with green ear because really it means that the owner did not disturb the earrings and instead left the doll neatly in her box!  Most all of the mint dolls have green ear (and it is not their fault).
You did the right thing by immediately removing the metal earrings. Next I would clean the outside and inside of her head with rubbing alcohol (on a q-tip).
The green should not spread, and if it is just a dot of green then I would not worry about it.
If you can get a spray of little pearls, usually used for bridal decorations (They look like little trees of pearls, each pearl separated by lengths of nylon wire), then you can cut 'earrings' off of the spray and this should cover the green.
You are correct to be cautious of green ear treatments you read about on other websites. They can damage your doll.  Tarnex, CLR and Removezit should really not be used to treat green ear unless you understand the dangers (See above).
Here is more information about my green ear treatment. Please let me know if I may be of service.
Q. How long does the mod doll re-coloring treatment last before it has to be done again?
A. This varies depending on the doll.  The more pale the doll is to begin with, the quicker she will re-fade.  Also, if you have used Removezit on a Mod  doll you will find that the Removezit also removes the color of the vinyl along with the green.   Unfortunately a residue remains inside the vinyl and when you attempt to re-color the white areas, the coloring will not last and will need to be continuously re-applied.

Q.  Hi ~ your website is so helpful thank you! I have a 1963 Bubble Cut Barbie with HUGE hair and she is in beautiful condition...There is another teeny earring hole was made right next to the original holes. Can these extra holes be erased?
A.  No, I don't do anything to try to erase or remove extra pin pricks or earring holes.
Tampering with the vinyl in a way that is permanent may cause more harm than good, and may end up drawing more attention to such a little 'flaw.'

Q. What is the best way to clean/dust my dolls' faces after restoration if I notice dust on the features?
A.  Dust and dirt happen. While acrylic paint is very durable, it is best to avoid washing/scrubbing your dolls' faces with water or using any rubbing alcohol, soap or other cleaning products. The safest way to dust them would be to use a soft, clean, dry micro static cloth (or a soft, clean, dry micro fiber cloth).  Dab at the faces very gently to pick up any dust or debris that has accumulated.  If you would like to send your dolls back to me for a periodic dusting/cleaning, I am happy to offer this service as well (please see my Beauty Salon page for information on cleaning)

Q. Can you assist me in repairing a split neck myself?
A. To fix a neck split I recommend using any quick drying Superglue-type glue that is formulated for plastic or vinyl. 
Just follow the instructions for the product, and when you are ready to put the head back on the body (I normally let the glue set about 24 hours), be sure to soften the the doll's neck rim first (see more information in my section on BODIES). 

Q.  Do the early dolls have the issue with getting green ear?  I am concerned about putting earrings in because I don't want that to happen!

A.  Yes, they all do. Please do not put any metal earrings in the ears.  Not even gold filled will do.

Q.  What is the best way to remove poorly done, repainted face paint on a doll - or to test to see if face paint on a doll is original?
A.  Rubbing alcohol removes water based paint (not original paint unless one scrubs too hard - but please use extra caution on the delicate #1 and #2 ponytails if testing for original paint). 

 


A beautiful American Girl with re-painted 'high color' make-up

 

  • Hair - General information about cleaning, re-flocking and re-rooting
  • Bodies - General information about cleaning and repairing

 

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Please note that I have limited (or no) experience with non-Mattel fashion dolls, modern Mattel fashion dolls (anything newer than 1970 and/ or not made in Japan), or any other types of dolls.

**I do not identify dolls via email, nor can I verify authenticity, unless I see the doll in person.  I do offer this as a paid service.  Please email me if you would like to send your doll or collection for a written appraisal.  An appraisal fee + return shipping costs will apply.**


 

 

 

 

 

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