Using Acetone on Resin

Note: Read the Caution statement on acetone and acetone-related products carefully before use. Acetone is highly flammable and should be kept and used away from any heat source. Use in a well-ventilated area and do not inhale the fumes. Consult the caution label on the product you will be using for details.


  • Never soak resin parts in acetone. This will soften and disfigure the resin. You have been warned!
  • Rinse resin with lukewarm soapy water immediately after you are done to completely remove any traces of acetone. Rise a few times for good measure.

Buying acetone

I prefer buying acetone at hardware or home improvement stores because it contains very few, if any, additives. Acetone-based nail polish remover often includes conditioners and other ingredients, which are not great for resin. If you do opt for acetone-based nail polish remover, choose one that has the fewest additives. Avoid colored acetone, as it can stain the resin. Colorless, pure acetone is best.

Using acetone to remove face-ups and blushing

You should not be using acetone to remove the entire face-up or blushing. Even though acetone will work very well at accomplishing this task, I highly recommend using safer methods of bjd face-up removal (isopropyl alcohol and magic eraser, for example). Use acetone only for the stubborn bits that cannot be removed by alternate means.

Materials needed: acetone, cotton swabs, toothpicks.

  1. Step 1

    Prepare the applicator. Because I always use as little acetone as possible, I start by wrapping a bit of cotton at the tip of a toothpick. If it’s a larger area, I use a cotton swab.

  2. Step 2

    Dip the applicator in acetone. Do not oversaturate – the applicator should not be dripping.

  3. Step 3

    Gently rub the desired area with the applicator. Any paint and sealant should come right off. Work quickly – you want to minimize the time acetone is in contact with resin.

  4. Step 4

    Rinse the resin very thoroughly with lukewarm soapy water. Do this a few times to make sure all traces of acetone are removed.

  5. Step 5

    Let the resin rest in case any softening occurred. I usually leave the resin alone for at least an hour. This is important especially if you used acetone on a large area and/or on thinner parts.

Using acetone to remove stubborn magnets

If you glued on a magnet the wrong way, removing it can be extremely difficult. When less invasive methods fail, acetone will usually do the trick.

Materials needed: acetone, cotton swab, toothpick or x-acto knife, strong magnet.

  1. Step 1

    Prepare the applicator. I like using cotton swabs.

  2. Step 2

    Saturate the applicator with acetone. Unlike for face-up removal, the applicator should be very saturated, almost dripping.

  3. Step 3

    Rub the magnet with the saturated applicator. Small amounts of acetone will seep into the cracks between the magnet and resin.

  4. Step 4

    Start dislodging the magnet. Use a toothpick or an x-acto knife to carefully force the magnet out of position. Use another magnet to help pop out the glued magnet.

    Repeat Steps 2 through 4 until the magnet is out.

  5. Step 5

    Once the magnet is out, rinse the resin thoroughly with lukewarm soapy water to remove traces of acetone. Let the resin rest to prevent disfigurement due to softening.

  1. Hello ! I need help because like an idiot I accidentally used colored acetone to remove my bjd’s faceup and now her face changed colors . is there anyway I can remove the stain ?

    1. Hi! I think sanding may help, but I have never tried. It is advised not to use any colored removal liquids, like colored acetone or acetone-free nail polish remover. I hope this helps, maybe using rubbing alcohol or Windsor and Newton may work?

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