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WIP: Mishaps with Mr. Super Clear

This is something a lot of artists will scream at or collapse into fetal position after seeing.


This is the result you have to watch out for in cold weather. Since Mr. Super Clear is a spray type sealant, it can be very temperamental during cold weather. Hot weather isn’t necessarily good either as the sealant can occasionally result in something like this if it’s “too hot.” Ideal weather temperature is around 65 to 90 °F. Ideal conditions are at 70-85 °F with little to no humidity. Humidity is really what you have to watch out for.

Unfortunately, there is no salvaging work once sealant screws up like the above. You have to start from scratch.

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  1. I live in New Jersey and used MSC outdoors, during summer. It created a thick layer of frost on my doll head. Why would that have happened?

  2. It’s rather cold where I live right now, temperatures are around 30°-40° F. If I spray MSC outside (cause toxic) but bring the doll inside where it’s around 65° F, would that work okay? Or would it still be a bad idea?

  3. I’m hoping to get an answer to this so here we go. I live in semi tropical weather, humidity is pretty high and it’s hot most of the year. I want to know what sealant is best for doll repainting in such conditions?

    1. I won’t be able to help with this since I no longer am interested in experimenting with different brands of sealants. I can only speak for Mr. Super Clear and ensuring that you create the kind of environment that will allow you to use it properly. I suggest you look into experimenting with brands readily available to you as they tend to address specifics to make it work for your local region/environmental conditions.

  4. Is it okay to spray Mr. Super Clear Spray on the whole hair and paint parts of the hair with acrylic paint? I want to put some color on the hair as well as cover up bald parts of the head with paint? Thanks.

  5. I think I had this happen with the primer coat but it’s only a couple of tiny white specks not a ton. Do you think it’s ok to go ahead with the repaint? I don’t want to have to wash the whole head in acetone just for a cple of specks.

    1. It’s up to you if you want to proceed but white specks generally mean that the MSC layer didn’t set properly which could lead to future problems (the layer cracking or deteriorating later one, occasionally while you’re in the process of repainting). In that regard, it’s unfair to the person receiving your work when it does develop problems after they purchase or got it from you.

  6. I am currently working on my first ever doll repaint, and I live in England where the temperatures that you listed is almost impossible here apart from in summer, and it would only reach the minimum temperatures. How could I use MSC here? Will the temperature really affect it that much? I’ve sealed my doll once at night when it was really cold and my doll looks fine. We also get rain almost everyday, would that affect it?

    1. Working with aerosols, in general, is extremely difficult due to how temperamental they are. It is your responsibility to create the ideal conditions so that it will behave as intended. This is why there are folks that can’t repaint due to the weather in their area or have to wait for a season where it works for them. One alternative you can look into is if there is a garage or climate-controlled room to use for spraying but make sure that it’s well ventilated.

  7. I know that it isn’t good to inhale and all that, but like does it say what it does to your body? Like…I guess you can say symptoms I’m not sure, like is it gonna make me cough up blood or no?

    1. You should ask a health care professional about the specifics if you really want to know. In general, being exposed to tiny particles like MSC outspray, dust, sand, carving scratches, any kind of tiny particles for long periods of time is harmful which is why it is advised to wear a particle mask since they have a tendency to accumulate in your respiratory system if you don’t wear one.

      Long exposure to tiny particles being harmful to your respiratory system isn’t unique to using MSC.

    1. MSC is only “toxic” when in solvent form but harmless once dried. Even if you got a little bit on your hand, it’s not really an issue unless you have super sensitive skin in which case you absolutely need to wear gloves. If you did get some on your hands, no biggy but don’t make it a habit. You can clean it off by applying a bit of alcohol and washing thoroughly with soap and water.

  8. Hi. I have birds and their lungs are super sensitive. If I make sure it’s 100% dry, is it safe to be around them? obviously not super close, but within the same room.

    1. Probably not. The particles that Mr. Super Clear creates are super fine which is why it’s ideal if you have a dedicated spot that’s either outdoors or in a well ventilated room that is away from children or animals.

  9. So from a previous post, I took your advice on needing to restart a cracked-face from scratch (except the eyes cuz the cracks weren’t too bad). But now a new issue. Not sure if it happened when I put acetone via tissue, but my dolls face has little white things on its face. It’s not like the pic above, it looks more like the dandruff you’d get from erasing on paper except white. I tried washing the face with warm water, which helped a bit (or so I thought), but then I saw it again. I tried scratching it off as well. Am I gonna need to wipe it with acetone and wash it?

    1. You need to wipe it all off and start from scratch. If the MSC application was off, if there just happen to be acetone residue you’re gonna have problems. Just start with a clean slate.

  10. But, what to do when it is too cold outside? I can’t imagine everyone who does repaints just stops for months every autumn/winter.

  11. I’m working on my first monster high repaint and I’m spraying MSC outside in like 6 Celsius I don’t know what that is in Farenheit. 60 F is like 12 C so I think 6 C is like 30 F and that is cold but my MSC work perfectly snd we have no humidity. I have sprayed like 7 layers and nothing has gone wrong

  12. “Ideal weather temperature is around 65 to 90 °F. Ideal conditions are at 70-85 °F with little to no humidity. ”
    I’m a bit confused at this, ><
    first one is the temperature range it should be done in if done,
    second one is what you want to go for?

    1. Sealants are extremely temperamental. If it’s too hot, too cold, too humid, there’s it’ll have weird or unintended reactions. I found those numbers from a loose translation of ideal conditions for MSC from an old Japanese website that no longer exists (-_-).

      With MSC, the ideal conditions are no humidity, no wind, a sunny day around 80-90 °F (from my own experience). Other folks have had luck even when it’s outside that range so it varies. You’ll have to use the sealant yourself to work with its quirks.

      1. Alrighty, well, I’ve been researching it for awhile now, and Looking through all the guides of the internet, the most common range used is 60-80 F, Dry weather/little to no humidity/sunny/calm/moderate
        Sound about right? could we assume room temperature?

          1. Sweet, thank you.
            Just need to go buy soft brushes(What brand/fiber type do you use?)
            Do you think it would make a difference if you did the beginning layers of a doll with MSC UV then did normal MSC?

          2. You should check out my other articles, this one maybe? XD

            I don’t like recommending brushes since it all comes down to preference. The only rule of thumb is look for the smallest possible brush you can find. Hobby stores that sell supplies for Warhammer are a good place to start. Dollyhair and Junkyspot usually carry small brushes ideal for repainting dolls or miniatures too.

            The difference with MSC and MSC UV is that UV’s formula prevents it from yellowing with age. Regular MSC does yellow with age especially if the doll has been subjected to sun exposure regularly. I don’t really know what would happen if you mix the two. Yellowing isn’t visible for regular MSC until a year or two later, 6 months if there’s constant sun involved.

  13. What a shame, this repaint is beautiful! This is exactly what happened to me the first time I tried, but thanks to your help I can now spray with confidence 🙂

  14. I wonder if it’s possible to anticipate such disasters by spraying on a cheap head (kept for this purpose only) on the same day before spraying something important, to see how it behaves? We don’t have spray sealants here so I have no way of testing. Sorry you have to start anew! :'(

    1. I use one of my 2nd hand/damaged Clawdeens for this purpose. MSC errors are easier to spot on dark skin, too late if you’re applying it on pastel or lighter skin tones.

      It’s good practice to always do a “practice” application before you do it on your actual work, especially when the conditions aren’t perfect.

  15. TX gets extreme weather in the 100’s during the summer. MSC “evaporates” and creates a really rough texture almost like fine sandpaper. MSC is not a gentleman indeed. XD

  16. Oh my, looks like she was rolling in the snow 🙁 So sad to start it from beginning. A lot of work and then, Mr. Super Clear mess with it >:( He’s not a gentleman lol

    Here in Brazil our biggest problem is the hot weather 🙁


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