I've tried some of these techniques, but certainly not all of them. Use these techniques with care as many of them can harm a pony if done incorrectly. I am not personally vouching for any of these restoration techniques. I simply support pony restorations and hope to continually learn new and better techniques to share.
Research what you're doing and don't be afraid to try things on fakies or baits as needed. Also, be willing to learn from the mistakes other collectors have made. They're amazingly willing to share!
My Little Wiki where you can find links to all the hot spots in Ponyland. And may I not so humbly mention, my site is listed there as well! They have a nice definition of a "Bait" pony, a list of ponies they recommend not be customized, and a list of ponies commonly known to have issues: Bait.
Here is general information to get you started with pony restoration. Much of the
information shared on this site comes from "The Definitive Book on the Care and
Preservation of Vinyl Dolls and Action Figures" by Nicholas J. Hill.
Mr. Hill has worked as a formulating organic chemist and has been awarded three patents in plastics technology. He wrote this book to help clarify misinformation shared at doll shows he attends with his wife. Please e-mail me if you know of restoration techniques that you think should be added to the site.
Problem prevention tips are always welcome too! According to Mr. Hill, "The summary for preserving your collection is rather simple:
Many of the materials you'll find discussed on this site are harsh and quite toxic. Work in a well-ventilated area, wear latex or rubber gloves, and keep them away from children and pets. Use caution while using sharp objects and glues. Contact your city or county to find out how to properly dispose of left over chemicals. You should never dump chemicals down the drain.