davekear wrote: ↑
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:53 pm
In my experience by putting glue just inside the crack and then adding gel would definitely not be strong enough to repair a cracked nail. It would fail soon after you start to play.
Speaking from my own experience, I have had this done a dozen times. For me, it has worked perfectly every time without breaking or failing.
Maybe by adding the soft gel on top would help, but soft gel is not known for its strength. You'd have to put it on so thick that it would kill your tone.
This has not been my experience. The benefit of soft gel is that it is both strong and flexible. Even with a thin coat, it flexes but never breaks.
Many reasons for this, the main one being that most nail technicians are not aware of the requisites necessary for achieving feel, tone, timbre etc, necessary for successful classical guitar playing.
In my experience, it's very easy to work with a nailist to get the right thickness and rigidly/flexibility. After one or two visits, I was able to get exactly the feel I wanted. Also since my nailist literally does thousands of nails a month, she is able to obtain a consistency in application, which I would never be able to achieve.
My advice would be to learn to do your own nails. You get better, faster results, and you don't have to be dependent on others who most likely will not do as good a job as you can yourself. Especially when it comes to just a simple thing such as repairing a cracked nail.
For me the nailist does a much better job repairing nails than I ever could (and I had a lot of practice because I had constant problems with breaking and cracking nails.) Also now that I'm getting regular soft gel treatments, broken or cracked nails have become exceptionally rare... maybe once a year when I do something stupid.