|Preordered Classic Cool Ken arrived in mid-July.|
This past June when Classic Cool Ken became available as a preorder from the ShopMattel website, I ordered one along with Boho Glam (the latter doll has yet to arrive). The preordered Ken did not arrive until mid-July.
I purchased another Classic Cool at a Walmart store a week or so after the preorder. If you follow this blog, you have probably seen the results of the "parts" I painted in between the first doll's cornrows. As a comment to one of the posts, Jewell suggested in lieu of painting the scalp, I could have used a fine-pointed Q-tip and acetone to remove the original paint. A member of a Facebook group made the same suggestion.
The preordered doll arrived in time for me to try this technique and send that doll to my niece for her end-of-July birthday. The lack of time, however, prevented me from completing that task, so I sent her the first Classic Cool, after repackaging him, of course. I wrote her a note to let her know that I painted the doll’s scalp to give him a more realistic appearance.
I finally found time to try the acetone technique (but I used fingernail polish) on the preordered Classic Cool Ken, which was for me a total failure.* A fingernail polish-dipped Q-tip removed hair from the scalp as well as from the edges of the braided cornrows! I needed to have used something thinner than the end of a Q-tip. I even tried removing some of the cotton from the end of the Q-tip, but it was still too wide. Since I did not have anything pointed and firm enough to both absorb the fingernail polish and remove the paint only from the desired areas, I removed all the paint with fingernail polish and cotton swabs and repainted the braids and sideburns.
After-paint-removal and after-painting photos are shown next.
I was going to temporarily give him earrings (without piercing the lobes) using nail art crystals, which have an adhesive back, but I did not have any more on hand. (I have used these before to add earrings to dolls, never for myself. I rarely even polish my nails.)
*Acetone and fingernail polish both work well to remove manufactured paint from vinyl dolls, but if the desired area is tiny, the correct tool will be needed to only remove paint from the desired areas. I even tried using a thin-bristled paint brush, but of course the bristles were not firm enough to allow the necessary pressure needed to remove the paint. With that said, I must admit that the natural color scalp looks better than the painted scalp and both are far better than the manufactured black scalp.
Here's Classic Cool Ken dressed and ready to rejoin the doll family.
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