Repairing Painted Hair on a Doll?

We just bought an American Girl Bitty Baby off of eBay. It is in excellent shape, however, there is a few spots on the head where the "hair" or paint has been rubbed off. Does anyone know how I can make it look new again? Thanks for your help.


By Lisa from Davis, IL

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August 2, 20091 found this helpful

Possibly you could buy some acrylic paint for crafts from walmart in the closest color to the original. Would cost anywhere from 50 cents to 2 dollars. You could repaint.

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August 3, 20090 found this helpful

Try a Sharpie Pen or any indelible ink pen. I use it for a lot of things that have a scratch or a bit of color missing. Like when I have gotten bleach on my jeans or black pants. Just find the color that best matches and even if it is not exact, no one ever sees the difference.


It has saved me a lot of stress and money. Sharpie comes in so many colors and shades. I've even used it on wood furniture, it works great.

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June 22, 20181 found this helpful

I mixed a bit of raw umber and ivory black acrylic paint to match the hair paint shade (for a dark brunette Bitty Baby) and then dabbed it carefully on just the scraped areas with the thin tip edge of a foam paint brush-- then immediately blotted at it with my finger tip to blend it in at the edges. Not perfect, but looks much better than scraped. AG doll doctors will only replace the head, and will not disclose the type of "patented non-toxic paint" they used, but it likely is air-brushed acrylic, or a non-toxic air-brushed oil paint.

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February 22, 20190 found this helpful

I have not yet tried the bitty baby, but I have seen acrylics used on cheeks, lips and eyebrows on the Ag girls. So I was planning on trying to match the paint for the hair and do the same thing, using the cotton balls, brush and cue tips.

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