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Repairing an injured TPE doll - The missing manual
« on: December 02, 2016, 10:38:03 AM »
Hi,

we're getting a lot of questions about Indigo's TPE Repair Kit. Because these usage instructions are urgently needed, I'll post a drafted translation for the updated ›Comfort‹ variant of the kit. I apologize for the unelegant phrasing, but it's the best I could do without spending days on the transalation. Indigo helped a lot by providing translation updates, and lots of photos. And, of course, he did the heavy lifting with developing and testing the ingredients, and documenting the repair procedures.

I'll appreciate any suggestions for better wording and terminological consistency. Indigo's manual in German is much better, and we'll post a printable PDF version in both languages with pictures. It's 24 pages in A4.

I'm posting this in a separate thread because the TPE Repair Kit by Indigo Individual is vendor agnostic. It's designed for owners of an injured TPE love doll and works with any authetic Jinshan doll (brand names: YL Doll, OR Doll, Jelllynew, WM Doll, WM Dolls, and others); it has been thoroughly tested with the current 3rd gen TPE blend. A variant of the TPE Repair Kit for the Doll House 168 TPE blend is currently under preparation. Other TPE blends might be supported in the future, depending on the support we get from the manufacturers - there are major differences; e.g., DH168 sent us TPE samples for free, Jinshan charges $80/kg for raw TPE. Yes, that makes your 30 kg TPE a material value of $2400, which is just utter nonsense.

So what's the point of a TPE Repair Kit? In a nutshell, it's a crucial element for the care & maintenance of TPE dolls. Before there was the Repair Kit, TPE dolls were hard to fix; there was only a (hazardous) TPE glue which actually is a solvent; this glue caused a lot of damage, and it did not allow to replace lost material. Silicone dolls never had this issue - there were always non-proprietary (real) adhesives, and lost material could be replaced easily. With Indigo's TPE Repair Kit, TPE dolls catch up to their silicone sisters and become fully repairable - at least as far as their sythetic flesh is concerned.

Having that said, I'll start with the outline of this thread which will spread through a series of posts.


Outline

I. General information about the TPE Repair Kit "comfort"

II. Content of the TPE Repair Kit "comfort"

III. Self-required material

IV. Application examples for different types of repairs and TPE paste mixtures:

  • Frail / abrasion
  • Punctual mini-holes
  • Small open air bubble
  • Large open air bubble
  • Outbreak
  • Breakthrough to the metal skeleton

V. Smoothing & finishing process

  • Smoothing with solvent "Smoother"
  • Matting with solvent "Finisher"
  • Saturating & Refreshment of the repair with white oil

VI. Cleaning by recycling TPE material

VII. Final remarks for a successful TPE love doll surgery


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I. General information about the TPE repair kit "comfort"
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2016, 10:40:30 AM »
I. General information about the TPE repair kit "comfort"

The TPE repair kit is designed to flexibly repair any form of abrasions, fractions, holes, open air bubbles and breakouts where TPE material is no longer present.

This is done with a TPE paste, which has a medium consistency in the delivery state.
With the added solvent "Preparer" and the comminuted TPE material, a thin, thick TPE paste and even thick TPE jelly can be produced to ensure all repair requirements.

The TPE paste and the solvent "Preparer" represent a 2-component application.

The TPE paste is not a TPE adhesive!

The solvent "Preparer" is not a TPE adhesive!

In conjunction with the attached TPE test piece, the amount of TPE paste, solvent and shredded TPE material is designed to actively work with the TPE repair kit to better understand the behavior of TPE material, so the repair of your TPE love doll will be successfull.


Limited use of the TPE repair kit under material tension / high stressed area

The TPE repair kit can be used in the area around ​​the elbows and knees. A prerequisite for a repair on the outside is that the TPE material is located above the joints by stretching the limbs in the relaxed state. Repairs on the inside of the elbow and knee joints require angled limbs here to relax the TPE material.

At locations where the material tension of the TPE material can not be prevented, the TPE paste as well as the solvent "Preparer" nevertheless have the property of dissolving the TPE material as strongly as TPE adhesive ("TPE glue"), whereby a small opening can suddenly become a larger hole. This relates in particular to the skin fold of the thighs to the intimate area, as well as to the outer intimate area itself.

An application in areas with tensioned TPE material, which can not be relaxed, is not recommended.


Currently available Jinshan TPE skin colors

  • White (light and slightly yellowish)
  • Natural (slightly rosy)
  • Tanned (bronzed)

The skin color dark brown (e.g. WM Doll 168 "Nava") is not yet available.


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Hazard and safety information regarding the solvents
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2016, 10:43:35 AM »
Hazard and safety information regarding the solvents

  • Highly flammable liquid and vapor.
  • Keep away from heat / sparks / open flame / hot surfaces.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Use explosion-proof electrical equipment / ventilation systems / lighting.
  • Do not breathe vapor.
  • May cause drowsiness or dizziness.
  • Do not get in eyes, on skin or clothing.
  • Causes serious eye irritation.
  • Repeated exposure may cause skin dryness or cracking.
  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways.

The following clothing is therefore required in the sense of the dangers and safety instructions:

  • Protective clothing
  • Protective gloves
  • Safety goggles

Applicable warning signs:




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II. Content of the TPE repair kit "comfort"
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2016, 10:46:13 AM »
II. Content of the TPE repair kit "comfort"

  • 15 ml / 0.5 oz TPE paste in medium consistency in air-tight brown bottle
  • 10 ml / 0.33 oz solvent "Preparer"" in air-tight bottle with brush
  • 10 ml / 0.33 oz solvent "Smoother" in air-tight bottle with brush
  • 10 ml / 0.33 oz solvent "Finisher" in air-tight bottle with brush
  • 10 ml / 0.33 oz white oil in air-tight bottle with brush
  • 5 g shredded TPE material in solvent-resistant small can
  • Solvent resistant small can for mixing the TPE paste in different consistency
  • Toothpicks for mixing the TPE paste
  • 5 ml syringe for low viscosity TPE paste
  • Blunt 8 cm cannula, diameter 2 mm, for low viscosity TPE paste
  • 20 ml syringe for medium and thick liquid TPE paste
  • 10 cm infusion hose for medium and thick liquid TPE paste
  • TPE piece as test material




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TPE paste
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2016, 10:49:02 AM »
TPE paste



Please note! The TPE paste is not a TPE adhesive!

It is rather a flexible filling paste of dissolved TPE material in a certain skin color, matching the injured TPE love doll.


In order to accomplish the fusion of TPE paste with the TPE material of the love doll, the solvent "Preparer" must be applied first.

Otherwise, no permanent adhesion takes place.


Without solvent "Preparer", the TPE paste can be removed from the TPE material after curing.

The TPE paste can be removed with tweezers and with strong peeling.
Therewith a misapplication can not happen.

Even an unintended drop of the TPE paste somewhere off the repair site does not pose any danger - opposed to serious damages which can be caused by the manufacturer's TPE glue.

In the closed brown bottle, the TPE paste is air-tight sealed and protected from dehydration.

A possibly thickened TPE paste can be liquefied with 3-4 drops of solvent "Preparer" at any time.


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Solvent "Preparer"
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2016, 10:51:39 AM »
Solvent "Preparer"



Please note! The solvent is not a TPE adhesive!

The substance does neither contain solvents based on xylene or toluene, nor the manufacturer's TPE glue or not sufficently pure, cheap solvents from the hardware store.

The substance is a specially prepared and soft solvent of high quality and pure chemicals.


Due to the gentle dissolution property of TPE material, the solvent "Preparer" has the following application possibilities:

  • Used as thinner for the TPE paste to produce a thin-liquid and sprayable TPE paste
  • Used as primer for preparation by gently roughening and softening of the TPE material for subsequent application of the TPE paste


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Solvent "Smoother"
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2016, 10:53:31 AM »
Solvent "Smoother"



The solvent acts very soft to TPE material and comes with a very low dissolving ability.

Because of that reason the solvent is used for smoothing the repair made with TPE paste or even a repair made with TPE glue.

Gently wipe with the brush circular and lenghtwise to smoothen the repaired surface very easy.


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Solvent "Finisher"
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2016, 10:56:12 AM »
Solvent "Finisher"



The solvent is extremly volatile and is used after the smoothing.

It does the original TPE matting effect which is necessary to make the repair optically invisible next to the original TPE surface.

The solvent acts like a "breath".


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Oil
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2016, 10:58:21 AM »
Oil



The supplied oil is a very expensive and very thin white oil (pure mineral oil) with a very low viscosity of 15 mPas (miliPascalseconds).

The white oil is necessary for refreshing the repair with pure mineral oil.

In addition it is producing a very high saturation effect within the repaired TPE material making the TPE very elastic and tensile.

Please note! It is not allowed to refill the white oil in a pump spray bottle!

Breathed in particles of white oil inside the lung cannot be expectorated!


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Mixing vessel and toothpicks
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2016, 11:00:53 AM »
Mixing vessel and toothpicks



The solvent-resistant mixing vessel is used to prepare the required consistencies of the TPE paste.

It is recommended to use a toothpick to pick some TPE paste from the brown bottle.

Adding more solvent "Preparer" results in a thinly-liquid TPE paste.

Adding more shredded TPE material results in thick-liquid (viscous, syroupy) TPE paste or a thick TPE jelly.


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5ml syringe and blunt cannula
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2016, 11:02:30 AM »
5ml syringe and blunt cannula



With the 5 ml syringe and the blunt cannula, thin-liquid TPE paste can be pulled out of the mixing vessel and applied as a thin layer at the injury to repair, as well as injected into less accessible areas.

Single drops of low-viscosity TPE paste can be blotted with the blunt cannula itself.


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20ml syringe und 10cm infusion tube
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2016, 11:03:56 AM »
20ml syringe und 10cm infusion tube



Medium-viscous TPE paste can be taken directly from the brown bottle.
 
Thick-liquid TPE paste is accordingly mixed in the mixing vessel.

The diameter of the tube and the volumetric force of the syringe allows a focused application and injection of the medium-viscous respectively thick-liquid TPE paste into injured areas like openings and outbreaks.

In this case, it is not necessary to fill the whole syringe.

Just suck in some TPE paste into the infusion tube directly.


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TPE sample piece for testing & training
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2016, 11:07:30 AM »
TPE sample piece for testing & training (example material: TPE tanned):



In order to learn how to use the TPE repair kit and to ensure the success of a repair, a TPE piece is included in the set.

The sample material matches the skin color of the respective TPE Repair Kit.

Please note! Before performing a repair, it is highly recommended to use this test material to practice the application of the solvents and the application of TPE paste.

For this purpose, all example repairs shown in this manual can be tried out.


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III. Self required material
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2016, 11:09:54 AM »
III. Self required material



  • Tweezers
  • Sharp little fingernail scissors
  • Paper towel / kitchen paper


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IV. Application examples for different types of repairs and TPE paste mixtures
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2016, 11:12:42 AM »
IV. Application examples for different types of repairs and TPE paste mixtures

In the below image, different injuries are shown on a large TPE material piece:



  • Frail / abrasion
  • Punctual mini-holes
  • Small open air bubble
  • Large open air bubble
  • Outbreak
  • Breakthrough to the metal skeleton

After all repairs are done, all repairs are smoothened with the solvent "Smoother", matted with solvent "Finisher" and refreshed with white oil.

At the end the TPE material piece is shown in the stretched state to show the successful repair under material stress.

As a general preparation, the repair points are always washed and cleaned with soap and water.


Please note! For each preparation of a repair, the solvent "Preparer" is applied thinly so that the TPE surface is easily roughened and softened to ensure the fusion with the TPE paste.

In the following, this is explicitly described once and will be assumed in the future for all repairs.


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