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 and do not claim to be a particularly good restorer myself. I simply support pony restorations and hope to continue to get better at it.
Remember, no one knows the long term effects various chemicals may have on ponies. Use chemicals, even gentle ones, with caution.
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! Check out:
I made a rookie mistake when cleaning ponies!
Or, best of all 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!
Looking for someone to do a restoration for you? Here are some collectors who can be commissioned to do restorations! Fees and policies vary by restorer, so please contact them personally.
FlurryDust: specializing in re-hairs for MLP, Barbie, and other dolls. Contact her through pm or bbbluw @ msn.com. Check out her work HERE!
Miss_Tuneful: specializing in symbol/eye/blush touch-ups, re-hairs, and pin-dot mold removals. Contact her through pm or at miss.tuneful @ gmail.com.
WingsOfMasquerade: specializing in re-hairing and can also replace tinsel. Contact her through pm.
Oneleo1: contact her through pm or at levenhuizen @ comcast.net.
Here you will be able to find information on the restoration of ponies,
playsets, and accessories from all three generations of MLP. This includes
everything from repainting eyes to replacing tinsel! A lot of this information is
useful for restoring all sorts of toys and for customizers as well. There's also some
really great before and after shots as well as information about the ethics behind pony restorations. You can also find a list of MLP collectors who are willing to do restorations for others!
How do I decide what information to include here? These are all either restoration techniques that have been around forever and are "proven" to work, or it is information that is very unique and less tested, but solves a problem that has no other solutions.
- Highlighter Marks - Mold (brown, smooze/pin dot, pony pimples) -
- Plasticiser Breakdown - Regrind -Rust (cleaning, sea pony weights) -
- So Soft Ponies (cleaning, de-flocking, re-flocking) -
- Stain Removal (cleaning, sunfading, creams) - Uneven Legs & Bodies -
- Cleaning (washing & conditioning) - Curls (factory curls, re-curling) - Frizz - Mohawks - - Perfume Puff Ponies - Re-hairing (manes & tails) - Re-pinking - Styling -
Tail Rust -
- Blush - Eyes (beddy-bye-eyes, re-painting/touch ups, twinkle eyes) -
- Pearlized Bodies -
- Symbols (3D, glitter, magic message, princess ponies, re-painting/touch ups) -
- Baby Ballerina Ponies - Dream Beauties - Flutter Wings -
- Mechanized Parts (brush n' grow ponies, dance n' prance ponies,
happy tails ponies, piggy ponies, sweet talkin' ponies, UK Princess Sparkle)
- My Pretty Pony - Plushies (cleaning, eyes) - Scents (body, smoke smell) -
- Surprise Twins - Windy Wings & Summer Wings -
Many of the materials you'll find discussed on this site are harsh and quite toxic. Please wear latex or rubber gloves while using them and keep them away from children and pets. Please also 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.
READ ME! Some of the products discussed in the various sections of this site need more explanation than others. For products that are recommended for multiple uses, I give their directions here. There are also links to sites where you can buy some of the less common materials. For many products, there is a specific brand that has been proven to work. However, for others, everyone seems to have their favorite. In these cases, I've tried to avoid giving advice on specific brands to use. You'll have to experiment and discover your own favorites!