for Vinyl Polish, Sealer
or Hairdressing for
Old, Dry Doll Hair
AS A SEALER OR SURFACE FINISH... Vinylex is similar to brands
such as Armoral or Son of a Gun by STP, only offer high gloss
protectants and since I use it on the doll's hair and vinyl body, I don't
want the surface sealer to have a synthetic high gloss. Vinylex has a satin
finish that is low gloss.
Vinylex is better than other 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 doesn't appear shiny but it does give a nice finish to the vinyl.
Vinylex doesn't work on all dolls. I applied it to a Kid Sister doll and I
think the doll looked too shiny after that because the vinyl face of Kid
Sister dolls is very smooth, like smooth plastic. Because Baby Face dolls
have a slightly grainy surface, the Vinylexworks very well to refresh the
vinyl without being too shiny. Berenguer dolls have a very similar
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 I wipe her down to get the
excess off of the doll. It does not take much Vinylex to get results. I don't
want the doll to be too shiny, but this obviously gives the doll a nice new
finish. It's more noticeable on vintage dolls than on new ones.
Vinyl dolls go through many processes before they are finished. The doll
does get a final surface coat of some kind, possibly a light coat of acrylic
wax or a silicone type sealer such as Vinylex. We know this because
some of the Baby Face collectors have tried to dye our white dolls into
AA dolls and we found that cold dye or wood stains don't work on vinyl
because it has a wax surface finish. We must use hot dye in order to melt
the finish so the dye can get through to the vinyl.
Therefore, I think Vinylexis a very suitable surface finish for vinyl dolls
and is probably very similar to their original finish. Just avoid getting it
on too heavy or she will be as shiny as new china. If that happens, you
can tone down the glare by applying some face powder or baby powder.
AS A HAIRDRESSING... Vinylex makes a
wonderful hairdressing on vintage dolls with
dull, lifeless hair. I think it is especially
effective on dolls from the late 50's and the
1960's. By 1970, they switched to another
kind of fiber for rooted hair and that is the
worst yet: it gets frizzy, matted and there's
not a thing you can do for it.
The doll hair of the 1960's is better to work
with because it can be washed and even
bleached because it (usually) keeps it's color
very well. And, it can be curled and styled.
If the hair is dry, then spritz with a little bit of Vinylex and work it
through the hair. Comb and style and put the knee high nylon hair net on
to hold . The hair will have better lustre, better color with the Vinylex
applied to it. If the hair is VERY dry, then I will sometimes treat the hair
again. Have to be careful about using too much though, or the hair can
get sticky and won't dry very well.
HOUSEHOLD & AUTO TOO... Vinylex Protectant cleans and protects
with a patented, one-step formula that actually nourishes vinyl, rubber
and plastic surfaces. It actually penetrates below the surface layer to
nourish and revitalize
underlying plasticizers, there by reducing cracking. With DH-60 UV
sunscreen to block color-fading ultra-violet rays, Vinylex Protectant
keeps surfaces looking original!