A step-by-step guide to fixing your own TPE love doll
Love dolls are a beautiful creation. They come from sculptural artists who make sure that they can withstand even less than careful wiggling by their owners. But as time passes, love dolls can suffer damage, and while some of that damage is irreparable, some of it can be repaired if you know enough about restoration methods.
If you wish to repair your TPE doll, the first tool you will need is an infrared temperature gun. This tool is very useful because it provides real-time temperature feedback during the repair, knowing that TPE is an extremely temperature-sensitive material.
One type of damage that a love doll may suffer is a few dents due to its weight and impact. These dents may be caused by pressing on the doll’s surface with extra heavy items or pulling too hard. In addition, if it is not properly stored and placed, it can also cause the same damage to the doll. However, there is no need to worry about this damage because the doll can be repaired in just a few steps.
Hot towel on the cover
This simple repair process only involves covering the visible dents on the doll with a warm towel for a short period of time. Once the damaged part becomes hot, put on gloves and pat the damaged area of the love doll with your hands, alternating these steps until the flatness is no longer visible.
A hair dryer is not only useful for our hair, although most of us think that this tool is only used for drying wet hair, it is actually an excellent way to repair your TPE doll as well.
All you need for this method is a clean, wet towel. To avoid staining the doll, use a white cloth if possible, cover the dent with the damp towel and heat it with a hair dryer. After continued heating, you will notice that the dents will begin to fade away.
Repairing Doll Scrapes
In addition to indentations, another common type of damage that a love doll may suffer is scrapes and tears, and these are a few methods that can be taken to repair such damage.
Use TPE adhesive
Once you find the tear, use a pointed tool to apply a small amount of TPE adhesive. Then, pull the two sides of the tear together and hold it for a few minutes until it is completely closed. Before applying the adhesive, make sure the damaged area is completely clean, you can use 70% isopropyl alcohol cleaning solvent for this cleaning.
Use a spatula to apply the TPE glue evenly to the inside of the tear. Avoid getting too much TPE glue on the spatula, as it can cause too much glue to spread to the doll’s skin. After sealing the tear, wipe off the excess glue with a clean cloth. Avoid removing the glue with your fingers as it will cause unwanted marks on the doll. Finally, just leave the doll alone for 24 hours.
Use a heat gun to smooth out any scuffs on the doll’s surface
The first thing to do is to clean the damaged surface of the doll with petroleum jelly or baby oil. In addition to cleaning, they allow for more even heat distribution. After applying the baby oil or petroleum jelly, start aiming the heat gun at the damaged area.
Pay attention to the distance between the heat gun and the doll’s skin, don’t put the gun too close or it will cause serious burns to its skin, keep the distance at least 10cm. the melting point of the TPE doll is about 110°C. Once it starts to melt, you will see a mirror-like glaze, when to stop depends on the smoke generated from the heating.
After heating to the appropriate temperature, take a clean cloth and gently wipe the surface of the doll’s irregular scrapes, repeated heating and cooling several times will make the damaged areas smooth. It is worth noting that the temperature of the heated surface will drop very quickly. Therefore, the abrasion needs to be removed as soon as possible after stopping the use of the heat gun.
Repairing the facial incision of the doll
You can use a similar process as mentioned above to repair facial cuts on TPE love dolls. However, it requires a lot of practice to do it perfectly. You need the right tools as well as a steady hand to repair small cuts on TPE dolls.
You can repair facial cuts on TPE dolls using the method mentioned above. However, it will take a lot of practice to do it perfectly. In order to repair small cuts on the face of a TPE doll, you need the right tools and a steady hand.