I think your paint thinner may actually be the culprit. A thinner that dries too fast will become chalky before you can pounce it off. Mona Lisa is notorious for that and many reborn artists have stopped using that brand for that reason.
Bob Ross is a great, slow drying thinner that works well with the Genesis.
Another trick: try mixing your paint in a few ounces of Bob Ross thinner in an air tight jar. Add a drop (really, just one!) of Linseed Oil. Mix carefully and cap when not in use. Make sure you work in a well ventilated area, it's stinky stuff.
Between the slow-drying thinner and the Linseed Oil, your dolls should be chalkiness free!
So, you bought the Bountiful Baby Beginner's Paint Set and the Genesis 5 Basic Colors Set. Now you're good to go, right? Probably. However, if you need to neutralize your vinyl, like blending your own colors or are working on an advanced Ethnic, African-American or Bi-Racial reborn doll, there are a few more paints you need to grab.
There's nothing worse than spending hours painting a reborn doll only to watch it melt in the oven or to see the paint wipe off later because it wasn't properly cured. Followed this handy oven guide to perfectly cure your heat-set reborning paints!
Hi! I am Kim. I've been creating dolls all my life. I started stuffing cotton balls into my mom's pantyhose when I was a little girl. Now I hand-craft dolls that look and feel like real babies.