…I’ve never had any issues at all with urethane or silicone eyes so if someone (OP?) could point me to examples of said splitting, scuffing and yellowing that would be awesome.
You know, I don’t get why people feel the need to post things like this on confession blogs, how about making an actually useful post with links and examples so people can make an informed choice instead of trying to scare them out of using something?
I lent a pair of Soom urethanes to a friend, who put them in a WS doll she keeps out of the sun, and when I got them back they were piss-yellow. Like I had a yellow pair and a gray pair, lent her the gray pair, and when she gave them back I though I’d lent her the yellow pair until I realized the whites were also incredibly yellow. The clear dome had yellowed so much it made the gray irises look yellow. I have NO IDEA how that happened, and it did not happen to the other pair I had.
That said, Masterpiece silicone eyes were known for shite quality control at one point. Not sure if this is still the case.
Urethane eyes will only scuff if you abuse them horribly. I’ve got easily a dozen pairs and none of them have any visible damage (despite me being both negligent and a klutz). I’ve noticed that my EDs that are over five years old are slightly yellower than brand new, but it’s only noticeable if you put them right next to each other outside a doll. The only urethane eyes I’ve had yellow noticeably were Droprops, and it was only really noticeable on one pair.
Combine that with the fact that glass eyes that look anywhere near as good as urethane cost at least 2x as much, and I’ll pass.
I rank this confession approximately 70% bullshit.