Monday, July 28, 2014

How to Thin Nail Polish

Nail polish gets thick because the solvents that keep it free flowing evaporate. Add polish thinner to nail polish to thin it, not nail polish remover. Why? Ingredients in polish remover are not necessarily ingredients in nail polish. Polish thinner contains the solvents, such as butyl acetate, ethyl acetate, heptane and toluene, that are solvents in nail polish. 

Some brands, such as Seche Vite, make their our thinner specifically for their products. Otherwise a basic polish thinner will do.
 Add a few drops at a time. Once polish is over thinned, it just doesn't thicken up again. I've tried leaving the top off an over thinned polish for a while, but it never seemed to get to the right consistency again.
Try adding 5 drops. Slowly roll the polish bottle back and forth to mix or turn it upside down wait a bit, then right side up again.
Slow mixing works better than vigorous shaking. Open the polish and check the consistency.
Still too thick?
Add 5 more drops of thinner. Continue adding thinner and mixing till the proper consistency is reached.

If your polish is super thick, just toss it. It won't thin properly.

 Help keep your polish from getting thick by keeping the neck of the bottle clean. Use polish remover on a cotton ball for cleaning. Also, keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

Here are a few nail polish thinners:

Seche Restore Thinner

OPI Nail Lacquer Thinner

Beauty Secrets Thinner,default,pd.html

Develop 10 Polish Thinner

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