Originated by Aqua Nails/DeEnterprises, the acrylic system was applied similar to a traditional set, but cured when set in water. The product was marketed under the brand name Aqua Nails.
According to DeEnterprises' Peter DeSantis, water-cured acrylics can seem similar to traditional acrylics in that the nail technician mixes a powder and a liquid together to sculpt an artificial nail. The difference is that warm water is needed to cure the acrylic. The nail is sculpted like a traditional acrylic, but a water-cured acrylic will not harden until the tips are placed into warm water. Furthermore, the warmer the water the faster the acrylic will harden. Water cured acrylics are generally low in odor and do not cure through evaporation. Normal cure time is approximately 3 minutes. The advantage is the nail technician has more time to position the acrylic perfectly before the product cures which results in reduced filing time. Aqua Nails is the only low odor water cured acrylic in the industry today.