Volks resin yellowing

[cross posted from DOA because it is tres pertinent]
Fifi got a bath! Or Ginevra… or whoever happens to be inhabiting the body at this time.
So here are my conclusions with resin yellowing:
My Volks old-skin BW was pretty bad off. I’ve had Fifi for 18 months and just now noticed that she was lookin’ a bit pekid. I had re-blushed and coated her about a year ago. And while I think I prefer them uncoated because it doesn’t chip etc, there was DEFINATELY a difference between her coated and uncoated parts. Because I’m lazy I hadn’t coated her unblushed arms and legs. Her arms were a bit more yellow than her torso. And much more yellow than the newer old-skin beauty white head I put on the body recently (Ginevra).
Mr. Kallisti does all my sanding (who’s lucky!?!?) and he really polishes them up good and he still noticed that the sanded seams were more yellow. His theory is that the surface is less porous than the resin beneath, possibly due to vacuum used to remove surface bubbles, and when that hard candy coating is removed it yellows more easily.
We’ve just now stripped and cleaned her for the first time in a year and she cleaned up really lovely. No sanding, Mr. Kallisti just used a tooth brush & Bon Homie cleanser ( a light abrasive) and Windsor & Newton brush cleaner for the blushed parts. She whitened right up.
Now, my pureskin girl who I’ve had just over a year still seems really peachy perfect, and her seams have been sanded and she has not been coated (mostly because I am lazy).
So once I can get my hands on some UV MSC I think I will recoat Fifi (old skin bw) sans the blushing, and maybe you won’t be able to tell it wears off so much.
In conclusion:
old-skin beauty white w/ NO coating: 1 year=lots of yellowing
sanded parts: dark yellowing
old-skin beauty white w/ MSC coating: 1 year=yellowing, but not very noticeable
Note: displayed in shaded room, non-smoker, played with hard!

7 thoughts on “Volks resin yellowing”

  1. That’s interesting about the yellowing, Kallisti. Ye Gods. Now I’m wondering if BJD owners yellow along with their dolls. Have you checked to see if you are yellowing at your seams at a similar rate? This would be an interesting side experiment.
    I’ve noticed you are also a boudoir doll collector along with your BJD’s. There are several of us who seem to have gotten into them via the boudoir dolls. Have many left? Also, there is a Salome poster of Theda Bara on Ebay now. If you want a copy of it, let me know. I can email it to you.
    Can’t wait til you get your Liz. I like her lips too.
    Catrina

  2. Hi Catrina! I’m definately yellowing with age, and getting pinker on the seams.
    I had that, or a similar poster! Loved it, it is currently with an ex-roommate now sadly.
    I have a few of the old 20’s boudoir dolls and a bunch of the mod 60’s Japanese style girls. Not sure which you meant 😉 I need to take pictures of both to share with the world. I love them all!

  3. Do you know, I’ve had my Nono for three years now and I never once thought to look for yellowing resin. But now that I eye her over, she does seem a touch…unhealthy! Yikes! Can you tell me, when Mr. Kallisti used that particular cleansing powder, did it scratch into the coating at all, or the resin itself? I’m seriously thinking of taking a page from your book and giving Phronsie a good one-over, but I’m a tad nervous using something abrasive. But it did make quite a difference, you say?
    Hmmmmmm.

  4. No scratches! She is smooth as milk!
    Most people recommend sanding very lightly, but imagine doing that every year for 10 years o_0
    She cleaned up so purdy! You bet!

  5. I’m done with her and she doesn’t seem to have been abrased much if at all.
    “The abrasive ingredient in Bon Ami is feldspar which has a Moh=92s Scratch Hardness of 6. This means that the abrasive won’t scratch any material that has a similar or higher scratch hardness number. Most glass is in the 6.5 range and the feldspar won’t damage it. Quartz, the abrasive ingredient in other scouring cleansers has a hardness of 7. Quartz will scratch most glasses.”
    From: http://www.cyberbilly.com/meathenge/archives/000311.html
    I was trying to prove my point about toxicity of BKF against the mildness of Bon Ami.
    By the way Meathenge is 2 years old and I make “the best cornbread on the planet” I’m a star!

  6. I’m done with her and she doesn’t seem to have been abrased much if at all.
    “The abrasive ingredient in Bon Ami is feldspar which has a Moh=92s Scratch Hardness of 6. This means that the abrasive won’t scratch any material that has a similar or higher scratch hardness number. Most glass is in the 6.5 range and the feldspar won’t damage it. Quartz, the abrasive ingredient in other scouring cleansers has a hardness of 7. Quartz will scratch most glasses.”
    From: http://www.cyberbilly.com/meathenge/archives/000311.html
    I was trying to prove my point about toxicity of BKF against the mildness of Bon Ami.
    By the way Meathenge is 2 years old and I make “the best cornbread on the planet” I’m a star!

  7. Thankee kindly for the info, Mr. Kallisti. I’ve got some Bon Ami in the cupboard here at home and feel much better about using it on Sophronia now.
    Congrats on the cornbread, by the way. I’m hell bent on getting some Danish Viking-Smoked Sea Salt very, very soon. Num.

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