This sounds wonderful, I think that I'm going to try it.My own natural nails are thin and give such a wimpy thin sound. I'm tired of the salon solar nails because they click on the strings and drive me crazy. So this sounds good.rfd wrote:I do my own silk wraps with Swiss Silk.
I realize this post is ancient now, but I just wanted to express my gratitude for the info. This worked great for me - at least for the one fingernail I needed to repair and reinforce. I didn't use the exact nail glue mentioned - I used a generic ethyl cyanoacrylate brush-on glue I found at the beauty supply store - but my results were quite good. I did notice that I had to use a finer grit of abrasive board to get a good round tone - finer than I normally would with natural nails. Until I did that, I was getting a brighter, slightly unpleasant attack that wasn't matching up with my other nails.rfd wrote: ↑Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:19 amI do my own silk wraps with Swiss Silk. This silk has a very light adhesive backing, to make positioning easy. I use Hot Stuff thin CYA for the bonding. I started off doing the whole nail, but that's not necessary - now I like the tip only wrap, and only a small portion of the silk is needed. After positioning the silk over the nail tip, I apply a small amount of CYA, allowing it to saturate the silk - I use a bit of paper towel to wipe off any excess CYA that might build up. The silk overhang is removed with a 220 grit abrasive board, and at least 2 more coats of CYA are added. Final sanding is done with 600 and 1500 abrasive, making sure to smooth off the tip area. I'll get at least several weeks of daily playing from this wrap procedure before needing to touch up with a bit more CYA. I find that silk wrapping is THE way to go for me - no more worries about chipped or broken nails, no concerns about cold cracks or liquid softening. Best of all, your wrapped nails feel totally and completely natural. The resulting string tone is "round" and clear, but that has more to do with your playing style, attack, and nail shape.
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