Mark Clifton-Gaultier wrote:I'd just like to offer my own experience for what it is worth.
I have absolutely no connection with GPN other than having been a customer in the past - I use a different system now, which suits me for the moment, but I still have a store of GPN material sitting in reserve.
Thanks Mark. That's the bottom line, whatever works best for any individual. And there are solutions out there that work better than others. Creating great sounding artificial nails is not an easy thing to do, not rocket science, but it does take a level of understanding of many things that are involved. It's also important to know a few very important basics no matter what technique or materials you use. Here's a couple of them:
No matter what material you're using, acrylics, ping pong balls, gel, Guitarplayernails etc, always make sure that the nail is sealed at all times. Best way to do this is if you see your nail starting to peel or lift off, get some thin fingernail glue and "wick" the glue in behind the nail so it fills in that area. That way you won't get water in between the natural nail and the artificial nail. If you get water in between the nails, it can sit there, soften the nail, and create an environment for fungus. This is actually very rare, and sealing a nail is really easy to do. But never let a nail fall off on its own. Either have it sealed, or removed.
Removing nails is also an important thing to consider. Many times after removing an artificial nail, you can end up with a thinner natural nail for various reasons. If this occurs, it's a good idea to build up the natural nail with some nail glue before applying a new nail or growing out your natural nail. It's best to use a more viscous brush on nail glue, as it builds up quicker, and if you're using nail glue dryer, builds up less heat than thin glue. The nail will grow out in a few weeks and be fine. Also you have the choice of soaking the artificial nail off in chemicals, or filing it off. After over twenty years of doing this, my advice is to get a rotary nail file (or Dremel), and file them off. With a rotary nail file you can monitor the nail you're filing as you do so. They're very accurate and fast. Depending on what type of nail you have on, you can file it off in a matter of seconds to maybe a minute at the most. Soaking in chemicals can take over an hour, is messy, and uses harsh chemicals. Electric nail file is the way to go.The only two bits you really need are a medium flat barrel carbide, and a carbide, tapered under nail bit.
Also I should mention that when using any nail method, to cover 3/4 of the nail plate at the most. Always leave free natural nail at the back. If you have a rotary file, they work great for tapering the back of the nail.
Just a couple of things you may find useful.