Acetone and Super Glue!


AVOID NAIL POLISH REMOVER! Ordinary nail polish remover contains acetone. This chemical can damage plastics and some kinds of vinyl. I would rather use non-acetone nail polish remover. If you're trying to clean ink off of vinyl dolls (not plastic dolls) then I use WD40, Goof-Off or even Xylene but it's a good idea to test an inconspicuous surface first to make sure there's no damage. It's very easy to damage plastics, but vinyl tends to be more durable.

ACETONE WILL DAMAGE DOLL EYES and make them cloudy. If you do damage the doll eyes, you can brighten them again with clear nail polish. Otherwise don't use nail polish on your doll's eyes.

NAIL POLISH IS NOT RECOMMENDED for glueing eyelashes on dolls. There are other glues which are more effective and less likely to cause problems. Clear nail polish does not make the best glue and if something goes wrong you have to clean it off with solvents that may damage the eye.

Elmer's All Purpose Household Glue is what I recommend for eyelashes. It dries clear and is safe for doll eyes. Don't use School Glue however: it's a wimpy glue for craft projects.

NO SUPER GLUE! Avoid using Super Glue on dolls because it can damage doll eyes also, and some kinds of plastics and acrylics. It will melt most doll eyes. I used superglue to repair the cord on a talking doll and it melted the knot and I lost her string when it zipped inside. So don't use superglue around dolls. I don't buy it. If it's good for something I don't know what, I have other favorites in my glue drawer now.

MODEL GLUE can be as destructive as superglue so be careful how and where you use it.

NO to HOT GLUE!! Hot glue does not stick to vinyl or plastic very well. Especially vinyl, it comes off within minutes or hours even if it seems like it stuck at first: it won't last. I like hot glue for use with fabrics but never with vinyl.

WHAT WE DO RECOMMEND...Elmer's All Purpose Household Glue is what I like to use for most craft type projects, but I don't use it for doll wigs.

I use Henry Brand Cove Base Adhesive for glueing wigs (available from Ace Hardware.) It gives a very strong bond that lasts. I don't use any of the clear adhesives anymore such as E6000 or the clear formula of Liquid Nails: they don't last for the long term on vinyl. Vinyl works against most adhesives because of the oil that's in it. Cove Base adhesive is formulated especially for vinyl and is now my favorite for wigs or glueing eyeballs (inside the head.) It looks like vanilla pudding and cleanup is easy if you wash while it's still fresh. Once it dries however: Cove Base Adhesive has a strong bond on vinyl.

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