aren't many sealers that can be used on vinyl. Varnish is
absolutely NOT a good choice: it will crackle as soon as
the vinyl is flexed. The same thing will happen with wax.
If you want to apply a sealer
on the doll after blushing it, then I recommend Vinylex, which is very similar to Armorall -
but Armorall stopped making the low gloss formula so, we
stock Vinylex in our doll shop now. The high gloss
silicone sealers are not appropriate on dolls.
Vinylex is better than most brands because it
has conditioners and UV protection. We know that dolls
are easily damaged by sunlight, so UV protection is a
very good feature. Vinylex is almost invisible on the
doll, which is what we want.
Some hobbyists complain that
silicone is very bad for collectibles. They say that it
dries them out. But vinyl is oily to begin with, I don't
know if that's really a problem with vinyl dolls. For the
Reborn craft, silicone surface protectants are almost the
only thing I've found that works the way we need it to.
I use a cotton pad to rub the
Vinylex all over my doll and then I use a soft cloth such
as a worn terry washcloth and wipe her down to get the excess off of
the doll. It does
not take much Vinylex to get results.
Vinyl dolls go through many
processes at the factory before they are done. The doll
does get a final surface coat of some kind... possibly
the factories use silicone based sealer just like we do.
Factories definitely do not use
varnish, or else
we would notice the crinkly edges of the varnish when it
begins to wear off. The sealer they use does not crinkle
up with age, it just wears off. The surface can be
renewed with Vinylex.
way, if your doll is too shiny, you can dust her with
a bit of flesh color face powder (compact powder is
fine), or use a bit of baby powder.
SEALER UNTIL PAINTS
ARE COMPLETELY DRY.
If you have just finished
blushing your doll using lipstick or lipliner, then wait
a few days before applying a surface finish to your doll.
The blush color needs to soak into the vinyl and
"set" or else you might rub some of the color
off. Oil based pigments do take longer to dry. This is
true of oil paintings as well.
If you use oil paint on your reborn dolls, then wait at
least 6 weeks before applying a sealer. You don't want to
trap moisture in the vinyl.
Be sure that any and all of
your paints are completely dried and cured on the vinyl,
before applying a final surface sealer.