Removing Ink from a Plastic Doll's Face?

How do I get ink of a soft plastic doll's face?

By Jane


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August 9, 20111 found this helpful
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A lady working at an American Girl store said that we could try using the tiniest bit of benzoyl peroxide acne treatment to help remove or lighten dark stains. Also, when they clean the dolls in the store, they use a little baking soda on a wash cloth that they've sprayed with a little water. They scrub the doll, and then clean off the baking soda by using a fresh cloth sprayed with a little water. You might want to try that first. We never tried the benzoyl peroxide, because our mark is pretty small, and I don't want to take any chances.

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December 5, 20160 found this helpful

I use benzoyl peroxide all the time and never had any problems with it messing up a doll.

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July 27, 20170 found this helpful

I fix up American Girl Dolls and resell them all the time and as long as you cover the dolls hair acne cream works great and nothing gets damaged

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August 9, 20110 found this helpful

Try hairspray. I don't know about a doll's face but it works on fabric.

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July 20, 20160 found this helpful

What kind of hairspray?

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September 10, 20160 found this helpful

I used to use AquaNet on nylon clothes. I don't know if that brand is even in existence anymore. Just cheap aerosol spray.

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December 29, 20160 found this helpful

No. I've done it. It might work on a plastic doll but vinyl is very different. In vinyl and silicone dolls stains seep into and act a bit like a tattoo. Plus hair spray may damage the delicate paint which is more delicate than what was used to make a plastic doll. The only real option is benzoil peroxide 10%. If you can't find 10% you can use 5% but it will take longer. Put the doll in a very sunny window or outside to sun the area.


If she's outside wrap her in plastic to prevent dirt and any possible rain to damage the doll, exposing only the are to be cleaned and protect her body from the sun so that what doesn't need to be irradiated won't get too much sunlight that may damage things like the cloth body. And be patient, it is a long process but it works

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June 25, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you for the tip on using acne gel or cream to remove ink on dolls worked awesome. Wow, I tried hair spray, Dutch cleanser, nail polish remover without acetone, Folex, Green clean, Natures miracle, lye soap, Doterra cleaner, Pink solution, Magic eraser, rubbing alcohol, tooth paste, peanut butter, Bam, Polident tooth paste, sugar body scrub, Snap facial cleanser, Oxyclean mixed with borax, nothing worked


Then I saw a couple sites with rave reviews about acne creams or gels with Benzoyl Peroxide combined with sunlight.

WOW!!! YES!!!!!!! AMAZIING!!!!!! I used persa-gel 5 with 5% benzoyl peroxide, applied it thick over ink areas, used a tooth pick to apply on area between her lips in case removed any of dolls original lip colour, left it in sun  on the lid of Rob's BBQ & positioned it so sun hit arms & face, in about 1 & 1/2 hours blemish cream had dried & started to lift a bit, peeled it off & to my amazement the ink HAD VANISHED, AWESOME!!!!!!!! OH SO HAPPY!!!!!!!

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September 11, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you everyone who suggested the 10% benzoyl peroxide (acne cream). I recently purchased a vintage Chatty Cathy doll from 1960. The face of the doll had a green/grayish color. I read that is normal for some dolls this age.


I tried your acne cream treatment and after only two days of using the cream and putting the doll under my skylight, her face is clear and beautiful as new!!

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