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How To Remove Gel Polish From Acrylic Nails

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Light cured gel polish was developed to use on natural nails for long, no chip wear. The removal of gel polish requires soaking it off with acetone and scraping the remnants away. 

Gel polish can be applied to acrylic nails, not to extend the wear of the polish, but to create various effects and designs. Regular nail polish holds on great on acrylic nails so gel polish is just overkill on acrylics unless you are looking for a specific gel effect that can't be achieved with regular polish.

An issue occurs if you want to change your polish yourself at home in between your nail appointments.

Soaking your nails in acetone to remove the gel polish will damage and remove your acrylic nails. So how do you get it off?

How to Remove Gel Polish from Acrylic Nails

Gel polish needs to be filed off of acrylic nails.

Start with a Coarse File
Use a coarse grit file to sand through the top coat and the colored layers of the gel polish. You need to be careful not to file into the acrylic and ruin the smooth surface of the acrylic nail with divots. Try a 100 grit coarse nail file.

Then Use a Finer Grit File
Switch to a finer grit nail file after you have filed most of the color off. The finer grit file will remove the remnants of color and the gel base coat with less damage to the acrylic nails. Try a 240 medium grit nail file.

Remove the Dust
Use a non acetone polish remover to clean off the dust.

Now you are ready to repolish your nails with a regular nail polish.

It's a good idea to have your nail tech apply regular nail polish when you have your nails done if your are planning to change your color. That way you will be able to change the polish easily yourself without having the mess of filing to remove the gel polish from your acrylic nails. No need to worry about chipping. As I mentioned, regular nail polish wears really well on acrylics.

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