German vinyl problems

My first kit made in Germany and having a nightmare with the fingertips going crumbly like the vinyl is disintegrating and just a rough feeling on the vinyl not to mention being. bright orange . The sculpt is lovely though .

Yes! That orange! Ive got one now,even after a ton of purple and blue washes its still orange. And is your head hard? Mine is😏

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I have 2 and the orange is hideous and the head is so hard I’m not even going to waste a needle on it. Both will be baldies or painted. I won’t buy another German vinyl kit, ugh!

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Its hard to tell on some of the kits. They dont say where its from.i bought a “tamino” from DALD and it had that orange hue and his head was a rock.broke 2 needles just doing his lashes. He was adorable though😉

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Yep hard as rock :grin: @grannyx3

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I have Lennox by Iris Klement and like Tamino he has that orangish vinyl with a hard head but, the limbs are super soft. I’m guessing all Iris Klement’s vinyl sculpts are made this way…

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I’ve had the same with the fingertips. Like little pinpricks that just seem to get worse and worse.
BB seems to have so much better quality, but it’s a whole lot cheaper. Sometimes I wonder why those German kits are so expensive.

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I bought a Noa kit and he’s orange. Someone on here just did him. He was beautiful. I love the details on him but definitely not the color. It’s nice to be spoiled with all the newer vinyl kits.

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@EnchantedOrphanage Yes and the more painting I do the worse the vinyl feels and looks. What a shame it’s a cute sculpt.

It’s the same for me. I do love how the fingers can wiggle, though. But those tips…
Do you also have a problem with it taking paint differently? Like it won’t take paint as well as the regular vinyl.

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@EnchantedOrphanage yes about the paint reacting with the vinyl . I was hoping my kits are an exception to the rule but it’s sounding like the German vinyl has repeat issues . I will be staying with BB kits from now on . Great variety great prices and great customer service .

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Good to know it wasn’t just me!

They also advise against baking. Now I use air dry myself, but it’s a strange stance considering most people use Genesis.
But I still had the problems with air dry paints, so it can’t be that.
I’ll be going with BB, unless I find a really cute one of course. :joy:

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I’ve decided I’ve had it with paying so much for these less than wonderful vinyls. The color or the hard heads or smudges no photos of the vinyl for details I have decided to buy only the RB or BB sculpts no flaws great color vinyl and any problem you have they take care of with I’m sure a smile.Love BB, they are the best.:smile_cat:

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I’m with you on this!! I’ll have to make exceptions for Bonnie Brown kits and whatever comes along that’s too cute to resist, but I am trying to get most kits from BB now… Madison Arcello did me in. Such an adorable kit, but had so many flaws that I lost count! The rock hard head I didn’t mind because I don’t root, it was a deep scratch on the nose, these weird rough patches with tiny holes, holes in between the fingers ect. Dummy me didn’t inspect the kit first, so there was nothing I could do but turn a $120 kit into a play baby for my 3 year old.

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I am joining that club. Between Rebecca and Cammi, the flaws made me so blessed to have Bountiful Baby. It was sooooo much easier to paint. My Cammi is nearly finished and started showing scrapes on the leg… So over it. My Ana I made had no dots, scrapes or issues.

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what kit are you having problems with? Just wondering.

i do not mind the hard European heads; babies do have hard skulls, and in the time when they used the same soft vinyl for heads they were difficult to root. I heat the heads and it roots just fine,

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I agree with you @Shera1 @EnchantedOrphanage

@DollyPardon I can’t believe the really expensive kits have these issues it’s crazy x

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I only do the expensive kits and do not find the colors difficult, it only takes few layers of flesh and I think it gives more depth. In theory I do like the pale vinyl, but the few I got I found they were not taking the paint very well. I guess people feel comfortable with what they get used to.

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