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I'm having some issues sealing my doll.  I used a spray-on clear sealant and it sealed the body well, but when I sprayed the head, it smeared the paint and made the whole head sticky.  I am gonna acetone it clean but what should I do to seal it next time?

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Are you spraying it lightly from over a foot away and doing it in thin layers or are you closer and spraying it on thick trying to cover in one coat? The thickness is the only thing I can think of that would smear it like you said. I hope you find a way to do it good luck!

The stickiness is probably the spray reacting with the vinyl of the head-- it's usually better to not use most spray sealers on the soft vinyl parts.... If you can get a brush on water based matte sealer you'd be better off that way-- just apply in very thin even coats.

Matt

What kinds would you recommend?

Matthew Sutton said:

The stickiness is probably the spray reacting with the vinyl of the head-- it's usually better to not use most spray sealers on the soft vinyl parts.... If you can get a brush on water based matte sealer you'd be better off that way-- just apply in very thin even coats.

Matt

I found that if I was a little too close I got stickyness and wetness. But spraying from a good distance seems to have avoided that issue.

I use spray on Mr. Super Clear (which is used on resin ball-jointed dolls) and have had no problem with it.

Where would I find that?  I only have a Michael's and a Hobby Lobby in my town.
 
Bauhausfrau said:

I use spray on Mr. Super Clear (which is used on resin ball-jointed dolls) and have had no problem with it.

I will try that.  If that doesn't work, I may have to try another method.  What about spraying a paint-brush, then brushing over the painted sections?
 
purple_monkfish said:

I found that if I was a little too close I got stickyness and wetness. But spraying from a good distance seems to have avoided that issue.

It's a spray for a reason, so that won't work. Try spraying at a bigger distance and don't spray for too long so it doesn't get too thick. It doesn't need to be thick. Also, keep an eye on the weather, it can influence the way the sealant reacts. When it's humid out, it can get blotchy.

But honestly, I think you are spraying it on too thick. That, or your sealant isn't suited for vinyl dolls. I use Mister Super clear, which you can order from stores such as Denverdoll.com
Seeing as this is a Japanese product, I don't think most stores carry it, so you most likely have to order it.

Roselite de Tenousei said:

I will try that.  If that doesn't work, I may have to try another method.  What about spraying a paint-brush, then brushing over the painted sections?
 

If you're not used to using a lot of sprays and paints be wary of a lot of sprays-- especially if they are  not water based....  You won't have as many problems on the body as you would on the head.  When spraying, it's always better to do it in VERY light coats from a bit of a distance.

 

Golden makes a beautiful (though a little pricey) brush on sealer--it's used by a lot of OOAK artists-- just get it in matte finish (unless you want it shiny)  If that's too much $, most of the brands of craft paints you find at Michaels also have a clear sealer in a brush on.  Get the best quality that you can afford... again, remember to get matte.  You can thin it with a bit of water and apply in very light coats, and don't freak out that it's mily looking-- it should dry clear.

 

Matt

I used it on the first custom I did and it seemed to work fine.

Nymrah said:

It's a spray for a reason, so that won't work. Try spraying at a bigger distance and don't spray for too long so it doesn't get too thick. It doesn't need to be thick. Also, keep an eye on the weather, it can influence the way the sealant reacts. When it's humid out, it can get blotchy.

But honestly, I think you are spraying it on too thick. That, or your sealant isn't suited for vinyl dolls. I use Mister Super clear, which you can order from stores such as Denverdoll.com
Seeing as this is a Japanese product, I don't think most stores carry it, so you most likely have to order it.

Roselite de Tenousei said:

I will try that.  If that doesn't work, I may have to try another method.  What about spraying a paint-brush, then brushing over the painted sections?
 

..I also have this problem. I am using a brush on waterbased sealant. It's called: Matte Varnish from Delta Ceramic Coat. I didn't get the stickiness until I did it on my Venus repaint. My other repaints did not come off sticky.  Any ideas? This was the one recommended by a Micheals employee to do all kinds of sealing projects including dolls and model cars and the like. -shrug- Also it wasn't sticky last night after it dried when I applied it. I just noticed it today when doing her hair.

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