Sooo…this is Luxe…you know…sold out limited edition Luxe. I’ve tried painting this arm and stripping it several times, trying to work with all those holes. So. Many. Holes. I stopped during stripping this time so the pictures could really show what I’m talking about. There is a huge cluster on the third finger, as well as scattered dots on all of the other fingers, front and back. I tried matte varnish before painting. It didn’t help. Then I tried the stuff that comes with the Ellie Sue when you order from MacPherson. It made it take paint weird. Couldn’t get the hand to look real no matter what with that stuff. I’m extremely tempted to take a small, hot metal object to see if I can melt those spots smooth. Or sand paper? As a last resort, I will steal realborn Ashley’s arm. But I don’t want to do that. How can I salvage this sweet little arm!!!
I think I have heard of people using sandpaper before.
Maybe strip it all and varnish first.
I tried varnish first. Also tried the Ellie Sue stuff first. I’m about to try sandpaper.
Weird that varnish wouldn’t block the holes… maybe satin or thinning medium?
I don’t have thick medium so not sure of the difference there
What if you do a layer of flesh 08 with thinning medium as a base then take a straight pin and put tiny spots of flesh 08 straight on the spots?
Wow, that’s weird! Is it a seconds kit? Won’t they replace it?
Sand paper took away some of the shallow holes. Some of them are just so deep that I can’t sand them. I don’t know why varnish doesn’t seal them. After a few layers of paint, they start showing up again. I’ll see if I can get some varnish and flesh 08 pushed down into them.
I bought it from a forum member. It’s a Cassie Brace Kit. This kit is probably a few years old. It’s already sold out. I doubt there are any spare parts anywhere. Also, the expensive kits don’t do “seconds.” But they do often send parts that BB would sell as test parts.
What a nightmare! I agree with doing a varnish and skin tone. Might have to do a few layers to fill those holes. I’ve used varnish with success, but sometimes had to do a few layers.
I would contact Cassie and see if she has any replacements if you can’t get it smooth. I don’t think Luxe is that old of a kit that she wouldn’t have any. Best of luck!
Thank y’all! I have sanded as much as I can. Now I’ll try flesh 08 and varnish. I’ll update tomorrow. Hopefully this will work.
Maybe @jeanhai would know?
My Luxe had so many tiny holes too I varnished it and it seemed to help for the most part. Good luck!!
Ugh, I hate when expensive kits have such bad quality. BB vinyl is always such a great quality. Then you decide to spend more on an exclusive kit and get stuck with stuff like this.
If you put a coat of 3-D medium on the areas with holes, it should fill them in. When it’s good and dry, sand it smooth with superfine sandpaper. I use air dry paints so I don’t know if, or how many times, you can bake the 3-D medium.
MacPherson’s has a new product that is supposed to fix proplems like this. I purchased it but haven’t tried it out yet.
I need to get some 3d medium and some putty to have on hand for next time. I don’t have time or money for that right now. The whole baby is finished. Just waiting on this arm. So far, sanding seems to have worked. I’ve got two paint layers on and no dots are showing. Next layer will be blue. That’s the one that has previously showed the holes. I’ll probably avoid putting blue on the trouble spots this time.
That’s terrible. In the past, I’ve buffed my spots with a Magic Eraser and it helps. I remember the Kewy kits being the worst. You could even see the bad areas on the prototypes.