Before painting the doll you must remove all paint and surface sealers that are on the doll first. Use some kind of remover or stripper that won't harm vinyl. After the paint is removed, then wash the vinyl thoroughly with sudsy water and rinse completely and DRY completely, inside and out. Use hot water because this helps remove any surface protectants that may have been applied at the factory. THEN, begin the reborning process after the vinyl is completely clean.