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Vintage minifig heads (from the 80s, 90s with the classic smiley) often lose their eyes and mouths after years of play. The paint wears off.

How do you best restore the heads?

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If you have a steady hand you can use hobby paint or a Sharpie, let it dry, then put on a clear-coat for protection. But those heads with the classic smiley faces are so cheap on BrickLink, you could just replace them. Here are the Catalog listings for the original Classic Smiley on BrickLink along with the dates of production:

Hollow stud original from 1978-2013:

Solid stud from 1991:

Stud recessed from 2009-2014:

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