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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Hearts for Hearts Doll - Dell

I got this cute Hearts for Heart doll Dell for a good price. The only thing wrong with her is that she had a few ink spots on her face.

I've seen lots of people on blogs use benzoil peroxide (Cleracil) so I gave it a try. After a few days it was still there.

So I did the next step. I covered her eyes because the eyes on these dolls tend to fade and I'm not sure if it is because of sun exposure. I then wrapped her face in gauze to keep the cotton balls intact.

I covered her with a sheet and left only the part of her face exposed with benzoil peroxide. I put her out in the sun for an hour.       

She came out perfect. Her vinyl was very soft at first but then firmed back up. I know this technique is probably old news for most seasoned doll collectors but it's nice to see that it works.



  1. That was very cool! I have plenty of dolls that could benefit from this treatment ... one day, lol.

  2. She cleaned up nicely - great work! :)

  3. Yes, it's amazing how this works, even though it does take a bit of time. For my dolls who had "severe" stains on their arms and legs, it took about a week in the sun! But the important thing is that your doll is back to normal!

    1. Yes. Now I am more likely to buy a used stained doll now that I know that I may be able to fix them.