E-Files

Electric Filing Techniques: Finishing a Nail

An electric file is the perfect tool to use on a nail when you’re trying to achieve a smooth, finished look.

An electric file is the perfect tool to use on a nail when you’re trying to achieve a smooth, finished look.

Type of bit to use: Either medium barrel, diamond, or carbide; extra-fine diamond

 1.  Beginners can use a pencil to draw on the nail and help them determine where to take down the sidewalls.  By now, the nail should already be shortened. Support the nail by holding it tightly. This helps eliminate extra vibrations and is more comfortable for the client. Apply pressure across the nail to the desired length. Use horizontal motions when shaping the nail, going from sidewall to sidewall. The bit should float across the nail. Stick to a speed between 5,000-12,000 RPM.

2.  When working near the cuticle area, the bit should be parallel to the nail. Move the client’s hand for added ease. When working on the cuticle area, reduce speed to under 7,000 RPM.

3.  Smooth the nail with an extra-fine diamond bit and a drill-friendly oil. Avoid using cuticle oil as it can clog and damage the electric file.



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