Q&A

Do you have a cheat sheet for the specific use of each drill bits?

Q.

Do you have a cheat sheet for the specific use of each drill bits? One of my clients asks what every bit is for every time she comes in.

A.

We asked Vicki Peters, vice president of the Vicki Peters Signature Series for Kupa Inc., to answer with this useful chart:

 

Bit Style Benefits Use
2-Week Backfill Small 1/4-sized bit to cut new smile lines To trench out a new smile line on a backfill
4-Week Backfill 1/2 barrel bit to cut new smile lines and remove product To trench out a new smile line and remove product on a backfill
Inverted Backfill 1/2 barrel angled bit for easier cutting To trench out a new smile line and remove product on a backfill
Small Barrel Slimmer and easy to see as you work For surface work, refining C-curves, and shortening
Large Barrel Larger for more surface contact For surface work, refining C-curves, and shortening
UNC (Under the Nail Cleaner) Tiny, slim pointed bit to get into tight spots and under the nails For cleaning under the nail and drilling holes
Cone Longer cone for more surface contact For cuticle work, sidewalls, and under the nails
Slim Cone For tight areas such as sidewalls For cuticle work, sidewalls, and under the nails
Football The curvature of the football allows you to get underneath a long, curved nail For cuticle work and under long nails
Tapered Cone Flat-topped cone for refining sidewalls and cuticle areas For surface and cuticle work, and under the nail
Safety Bit Rounded top for safe use at the cuticle For surface and cuticle work, and under the nail

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