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Title: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: PlumPonies on August 27, 2021, 09:52:32 PM
I've been working on my first full restoration and am at the point of no return... time to de-hair and dye! I'm trying to restore first tooth baby fifi which was my sister's.

On a side note my collection includes all of my 2 younger sisters mlp. They have no interest in them which I think is crazy. But yes, I did choose one of my sisters' ponies for my first real restore and not one of mine lol.

Anyways, so far I have cleaned inside and out thoroughly and sunfaded to get rid of the dinginess. She was gross!
I've rehaired and dyed ponies before for customs but this will be my first time on a pony I really care about, wish me luck!

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Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: brmylittleponycollector on August 27, 2021, 10:54:19 PM
I already tried to restore the hair of my childhood ponies which are from the G3! Some didn't work out very well others did!!! My first pony the tinkle twirl doesn't have a tail lol! :hope:
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: Artemesia's Garden on August 28, 2021, 05:29:27 AM
She looks pretty good to me as she is, except for the faded symbols. I would probably just re-paint her symbols and style her hair with hot water. But maybe she looks better in the photo than in real life! I hope she turns out OK. Well done for rescuing all the family ponies!
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: lovesbabysquirmy on August 28, 2021, 03:26:08 PM
all Baby Fifi ponies discolour like that, yep
she just needs a new symbol and she'll be in decent shape
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on August 28, 2021, 07:14:55 PM
I agree with the other posters-I would just condition and possibly defrizz her hair and give her new symbols. :)
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: PlumPonies on August 28, 2021, 10:02:41 PM
Well darn, I had already de-haired her last night when I saw everyone's advice today. Her tail was in really, really bad shape for the end 1/3 or so and my attempts to get all the rust staining out and smoothing didn't get me very far. I figured if she needed a new tail might she might as well have a pretty new mane also but maybe I got carried away and should have left well enough alone. I'll post some pics when she's put back together, hopefully I didn't mess her up too bad.
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: darthlmao on September 05, 2021, 08:17:42 PM
Well darn, I had already de-haired her last night when I saw everyone's advice today. Her tail was in really, really bad shape for the end 1/3 or so and my attempts to get all the rust staining out and smoothing didn't get me very far. I figured if she needed a new tail might she might as well have a pretty new mane also but maybe I got carried away and should have left well enough alone. I'll post some pics when she's put back together, hopefully I didn't mess her up too bad.

I can't wait to see your updates! I've been doing some restoration myself for a bit now, and I've learned that everyone has different measurements for what a "successful" restore means. Some of us want to get rid of all of the marks and rehair everything, while some of us are fine with leaving the difficult marks and hairs alone. It all depends on what you, the pony owner, think would make the best restored pony. So, if you like her when she's all put together, you didn't mess her up at all. :)
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: glitterball on September 05, 2021, 09:57:21 PM
Don't lose heart!
You have now committed to a rehair - go for it!! You will surprise yourself how stunning she will turn out!!  :)
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: Marshie on September 06, 2021, 12:47:43 AM
Good luck!! She's already starting to look good!
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: Katgyrl on September 07, 2021, 04:32:07 PM
Good luck! I'm sure she'll turn out great!
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: starrynights on September 09, 2021, 03:33:20 AM
Can't wait to see how she turns out! I'm sure things will go well
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: PlumPonies on September 13, 2021, 09:24:40 PM
Here she is, back from the pony salon! I think she turned out really great although I found out dyeing to match a specific pony color is way harder than dyeing for a custom pony. She's a little more bold color than I was originally aiming for but in all I'm very happy with the results. And now that I haven't totally botched her I can share with my sister  :lookround:

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Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on September 13, 2021, 09:54:14 PM
She turned out so well! I love her bold color, it reminds me of a deflocked Fifi. :lovey:
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: ScotchHop on September 13, 2021, 10:08:01 PM
I'm shook! She looks amazing! Really well done  :newpony:
I don't think the blue looks off at all. I have a few Fifi's, and the one in the best condition is about that shade.
Aldo, her symbols and hair are *chefs kiss*
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: Ponybookworm on September 14, 2021, 03:39:49 PM
She looks brand new!!! You did an amazing job on her!!!
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: Leave a Whisper on September 14, 2021, 06:41:23 PM
She turned out great
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: NanoRuby on September 14, 2021, 06:45:26 PM
She looks lovely, you did a great job!
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: LadyAmalthea on September 21, 2021, 08:10:13 PM
She turned out great! Her color looks good. You're right though...I feel your pain on trying to dye to match an original pony's color, especially if you don't own another of the pony in question for comparison. I've had quite the nightmare of a time trying to get one to match Mimic's green, being as I can't afford the original, and she seems to show up different colors in every online photo out there depending on people's camera and lighting.
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: starrynights on September 21, 2021, 10:46:19 PM
She looks perfect! Great job
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: Artemesia's Garden on September 22, 2021, 03:58:18 AM
Wow she looks great! Like a new pony. She's such a gorgeous girl.
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: 4Lindy on September 22, 2021, 04:13:16 AM
She turned out GREAT!!!
Title: Re: First restoration attempt (gulp)
Post by: TickledPink on September 27, 2021, 02:06:26 AM
Wow you did a great job! She looks perfect!
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