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What is GREEN EAR (and other stains
resulting from metal oxidation): This is a result of metal earrings (or a stand, nail,
pin, etc.) having oxidized up against the vinyl and staining it. Below is a
list of current chemicals in use for green ear treatment. Each have their
cautions and limitations:
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 permanently.
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 can cause the original face paint to fade.
NOTE: This pretty redhead has new lips, brows and lashes. For more
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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
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
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
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
Q. Can you assist me in repairing a split
A. To fix a neck split I recommend using any quick drying Superglue-type glue that is formulated for plastic
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, even the first ponytails. Please do not put any metal
alloy earrings in the ears -- mot even 24kt 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
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
- General information about cleaning, re-flocking and re-rooting
- General information about cleaning and repairing
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