Doll Repair Supplies

By Lesley Graybeal
Doll Repair Supplies
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Doll restoration can be an exciting hobby whether you are an antique and vintage toys collector or have inherited some cherished dolls from a friend or relative. Although you may find your dolls in disrepair, some basic doll repair supplies and cleaners can help you restore your dolls to like new. While original clothing or hair may become decayed or damaged, doll parts and accessories are easy to replace with high quality replicas.

Cleaners

Doll cleaners should be at the top of any list of doll repair supplies, since cleaning grease and dirt build-up off a vintage doll is the first step in doll restoration. Cleaners specially formulated for use with different types of dolls can be found at doll supply retailers, including special shampoos and conditioners for cleaning and styling mohair wigs as well as cleaners designed to eliminate odor from older dolls.

Paints and Sealers

Paints for doll restoration can be used to restore faded color and patch areas on the doll’s surface that may have been chipped or broken. Airbrush paints are recommended for an even tone and professional quality, and sealers will help your doll restoration work last for many years. Look for a doll restoration paint kit with water-based acrylics and sealers.

Skeleton

Paints for doll restoration can be used to restore faded color and patch areas on the doll’s surface that may have been chipped or broken. Airbrush paints are recommended for an even tone and professional quality, and sealers will help your doll restoration work last for many years. Look for a doll restoration paint kit with water-based acrylics and sealers.

Body Parts

An assortment of doll parts may be necessary for doll restoration, particularly for porcelain dolls. You can order replacement arms, legs, bodies, heads and eyes for your doll from a doll parts and supply retailer. When replacing eyes, you can use an eye sizer to determine the correct diameter for the replacement doll parts, while you can use eye wax to restore color to doll eyes and order replacement eyelashes for dolls whose eyelashes have become brittle or broken.

Wigs

Doll wigs can be restored with doll repair supplies such as cleaners, shampoos and conditioners specially formulated for synthetic mohair, or they can be replaced with new mohair wigs. You can also repair dolls with damaged heads or scalps with replacement wig caps to go under the doll’s wig.

Clothing

Aged doll clothing may not be able to be restored using doll repair supplies if the fabric is faded, moth-eaten or damaged. You can, however, purchase replacement underwear, hosiery, clothes and shoes for your doll from a doll parts and supply retailer.

Sounds

You can repair broken sounds in your vintage dolls with doll restoration supplies that include new music buttons or criers to insert in the dolls to replace the old or broken sound makers. Music buttons come in a variety of songs to fit each individual doll.

Stands

Place your newly repaired doll on a new stand to preserve and show off the hard work of doll restoration. Doll stands typically come in metal and wooden models and a variety of heights to fit any doll size.

About the Author

Lesley Graybeal has been writing articles for internet content since 2006. Her work can be found on a range of hobby and business resource web publications, including Trails.com and Business.com, as well as several academic journals. Lesley earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Georgia, and is currently completing her dissertation in Social Foundations of Education.