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Preparation of an area for repair with the solvent "Preparer"
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2016, 11:15:19 AM »
Preparation of an area for repair with the solvent "Preparer"

The area to be repaired is repetitively coated with a little solvent until the surface is uniformly roughened and slightly softened.

Within a hole, this has to be done all around:



Please note! Knowledge of this preparation procedure is from now on taken for grantes for all repairs.

In the subsequent sections, it will be referred as "Preparation with solvent".


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1.) Repair of fraying / abrasion
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2016, 11:21:13 AM »
1.) Repair of fraying / abrasion

Protruding TPE pieces are carefully and slowly raised with the tweezers.

These protruding TPE pieces are then cut off with the small sharp fingernail scissors:



For this repair we use a small amount of thinly-liquid TPE paste.

Use the 5 ml syringe with the blunt cannula, remove some drops of solvent and add it into the mixing vessel:



Use a toothpick to extract some medium-viscous TPE paste from the container, place it in the mixing vessel and blend it into a thin-liquid TPE paste:



Use the 5 ml syringe with cannula and draw up the thin-liquid TPE paste.



The fraying is now prepared with the solvent "Preparer" (as already shown).

Now carefully apply the thin TPE paste:



The thin liquid TPE paste can be additionally slightly pushed with the blunt cannula tip.



Also, if necessary, small air bubbles can be crushed with the cannula tip.

Let it cure for two hours.

After the curing time, the TPE paste has been slightly lowered.

This is due to the fusion and evaporation of the solvent:




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2. Repair of punctual (point-shaped) mini-holes
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2016, 11:23:05 AM »
2. Repair of punctual (point-shaped) mini-holes

For this repair we use thin-liquid TPE paste.

The mixing has already been shown.

The mini-holes are now prepared with the solvent "Preparer" (as already shown).

To dispense drops with thin liquid TPE paste, only use the blunt cannula.

The syringe is not necessary.

By dipping the blunt cannula into the thin liquid TPE paste, exactly one drop is taken, which can then be simply dabbed:



Let it cure for one hour.


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3. Repair of a small open air bubble
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2016, 11:26:27 AM »
3. Repair of a small open air bubble

For this repair we use thin-liquid TPE paste.

The mixing and draw up with the 5ml syringe with blunt cannula has already been shown.

The air bubble is now prepared with the solvent "Preparer" (as already shown).

Now we very slowly inject the thinly-liquid TPE paste into the air bubble.
In case an air bubble pops up during filling, just pierce it with a toothpick.



Allow to cure for two hours.

During this time, a small volume loss is caused by evaporation of the solvent.


Compensate it with a simply drop of thinly liquid TPE paste on top.

By dipping the blunt cannula into the thin liquid TPE paste, exactly one drop is taken, which then can be simply dabbed.



Allow to cure for another 30 minutes.


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4. Repair of a large open air bubble
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2016, 11:29:42 AM »
4. Repair of a large open air bubble

For this repair we use the TPE paste with medium-viscous consistency directly from the brown bottle.

For this purpose, we use the 20 ml syringe with the infusion hose. We only pull out as much TPE paste to fill the infusion tube:



The air bubble is now prepared with the solvent "Preparer" (as already shown).

We now slowly inject the TPE paste into the air bubble:



At the end of this repair, there will be a little curvature with the TPE paste above the air bubble. Because there is some volume loss by evaporation of the solvent, this is little curvature will even out with the surrounding TPE surface by itself:



Allow to cure for two hours.


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5) Repair of an outbreak / eruption
« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2016, 11:32:53 AM »
5. Repair of an outbreak / eruption

For this repair we use the TPE paste with medium-viscous consistency directly from the brown bottle.

For this purpose, we use the 20 ml syringe with the infusion hose.

The outbreak is now prepared with the solvent "Preparer" (as already shown).

Then we slowly inject the TPE paste into the outbreak / eruption:



At the end of this repair, a curvature with TPE paste will form above the outbreak / eruption.

Because there is some volume loss by evaporation of the solvent, this curvature will even out with the surrounding surface by itself:



Allow to cure for three hours.


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6. Repair of a breakthrough to the metal skeleton
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2016, 11:36:23 AM »
6. Repair of a breakthrough to the metal skeleton

In order to close the breakthrough, we must first insert a plug with TPE material at the bottom of the breakthrough.

For this purpose we use thick TPE jelly.

First, we use the toothpick to extract some medium TPE paste from the container and place it in the mixing vessel.

Then we add some shredded TPE material with the tweezers:



The TPE paste and the shredded TPE material is now blended into a thick TPE jelly.

The breakthrough is now prepared with the solvent "Preparer" (as already shown).

Using the tweezers, the TPE jelly is pushed into the breakthrough:


 
You can pull the breakthrough slightly apart with your fingers.

Carry out further repairs as described in the section in "4. Repair of a large open air bubble".

At the end of this repair, there will form a curvature with the TPE paste above the eruption.
                     
Because there is some volume loss by evaporation of the solvent, the curvature will even out with the surrounding surface:



Because we inserted a TPE plug and covered it with TPE paste, allow to cure for four hours.


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V. Smoothing & finishing process
« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2016, 11:37:46 AM »
V. Smoothing & finishing process

Using the example of our repaired TPE material, we will now practice the smoothing procedure:




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1) Smoothing with solvent "Smoother"
« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2016, 11:44:06 AM »
1) Smoothing with solvent "Smoother"

The smoothing with the solvent is finishing touch.

Keep only a low amount of solvent at the brush.

Too much solvent does an unnecessary dissolving in the depth of the TPE material.

If that happened, please pause until the solvent has evaporated.

The strongest smoothing effect is given exactly at the point you are "wiping dry"!

Do only one gentle wipe for a very short time and stop afterwards!

Resulting in filling up areas with diluted TPE paste, we have ridges on the surface:



Now we are smoothing these areas with the solvent "Smoother".

Move the brush circular on top of the survey.



Continue with the brush movement until the solvent volatilised.

Exactly at that moment you have the strongest smoothing effect:



For smoothing larger areas filled with TPE paste, we have to smoothen the edges of the filling in addition.

Wipe with the brush lenghtwise over the edges to make them plain:



Even in case of smoothing larger areas please do not encrease the amount of solvent at the brush.

Also, do the movement with the brush until the solvent volatilised.

Exactly at that moment you have the strongest smoothing effect:



Please note!

  • The smoothing, and making a repaired area plain to the TPE surface, is the most important aspect of the whole repair.
  • It depends on you, if the whole repair becomes optically invisible.
  • Again, smoothing is finishing touch. It needs time, patience and a steady hand.
  • A lot of solvent is not helpful.
  • Repititions with less solvent is necessary for perfect results.


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2) Matting with solvent "Finisher"
« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2016, 11:46:04 AM »
2) Matting with solvent "Finisher"

The matting of the repair is our first finishing process.

Simply apply the extremly volatile solvent "Finisher" on top of the repair and wipe it dry.

For showing you the effect of the solvent "Finisher" it is only applied on the left side of the repair:



Compare the left side matted with the solvent "Finisher".

You can see the matting effect next to the normal TPE surface:




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3) Saturating & Refreshment of the repair with white oil
« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2016, 11:48:29 AM »
3) Saturating & Refreshment of the repair with white oil

This is our second finishing process.

Because of the amount of used solvents during the whole repair we have to make sure to saturate the TPE material with mineral oil.

Apply only a bit of the white oil with the brush and slather it in.

The white oil is pure mineral oil with a very high saturation and refreshing effect:



After the white oil is soaked off from the TPE material, wash the surface with soft soap and water.

Afterwards do the powdering with your preferred powder.

As a result, the repairs have now almost completely disappeared.

When you feel with your finger, the repairs can no longer be felt.


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Final result
« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2016, 11:50:17 AM »
Final result

After drying, we wash the surface with soap and water. After that, we apply the preferred powder to the previously processed surfaces.

As a result, the repairs have now almost completely disappeared. When you feel with your finger, the repairs can no longer be felt:



Initial state for comparison:




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Stretching tests
« Reply #27 on: December 02, 2016, 11:51:51 AM »
Stretching tests

Here you can see the repaired TPE material piece in the stretched state:



And you can see the repaired TPE material piece in the angled state, e.g. similar to the strain on a bent elbow or knee:




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VI. Cleaning by recycling TPE material
« Reply #28 on: December 02, 2016, 11:54:06 AM »
VI. Cleaning by recycling TPE material

Residue of the TPE paste, which are located in the syringes, can be simply peeled off with the tweezers after drying:



Dried residue of the TPE paste from the mixing vessel can be removed on the same way:



The cannula and the infusion tube can be puffed out with an air jet of the syringes after drying:



Recycled material can be shredded again and placed in the small can with the other shredded TPE material.

Residue of TPE paste in the infusion tube and the cannula are rinsed with water and soap.


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VII. Final remarks for a successful TPE love doll surgery - Tips & Tricks
« Reply #29 on: December 02, 2016, 11:55:37 AM »
VII. Final remarks for a successful TPE love doll surgery - Tips & Tricks

Repairing TPE dolls requires time, leisure and patience.

Overly hasty and inaccurate repairs do not succeed.


The success of a repair with the TPE repair kit "comfort" depends first of all on mixing the TPE paste according to the requirements.

Please note that a small drop of low-viscosity TPE paste can simply be placed with the blunt cannula without using the syringe.

You should use the syringe only in cases where more TPE paste is required.


The success of making the repair invisible afterwards lies in properly dealing with the solvent "Smoother".

The proportion between the amount of soft solvent used in connection with the required brush movement is crucial.


At this point we reiterate the recommendation to use the attached TPE piece to implement these steps as exercises beforehand.


The amount of TPE paste, solvent and shredded TPE material are designed to actively operate with the TPE repair kit "comfort" to learn the behavior of TPE material so that subsequent repair of the actual TPE love doll can be successfully done.


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