How to Safely Remove Gel-Polish Using an E-File

by NAILS Staff | August 24, 2018

1. Specialty carbide bits can be used to remove gel (or acrylic) as long as there is some type of barrier layer such as a double base coat or a thin layer of builder gel covering the natural nail. This ensures we won’t file directly on the natural nail. Specialty carbide teeth (also known as flutes) are less aggressive than a standard carbide bit, making
it a safer choice when removing product.

2. Use the Gel X or Flame specialty carbide bit to remove 90% of the color, leaving a thin perimeter near the cuticle. The product will shave off smoothly.

3. After removing most of the color, use a 100% diamond cuticle bit (the Unicorn bit is shown) to remove the remaining color from the nail and to exfoliate the cuticle at the same time.

4. After the cuticle has been exfoliated on both sides with the Unicorn bit, the nail is ready for color application.

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What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms


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You probably know the essential differences between the products and nails terms you use in the salon every day — like soft gel versus hard or LED light versus UV. But could you provide a clear explanation to a curious client? And what about those fuzzy terms that can mean different things to different people? Here's a terminology "cheat sheet" we hope will help keep us all on the same page.


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