Remove Acrylic Nails

Ever had acrylic nails removed and been left with your natural nails feeling a bit sensitive?
Acetone is the simplest, safest, most effective way to remove acrylic nails. Our nail videos show how to remove acrylic nails using our purified acetone specifically formulated for removing acrylic nails while causing minimal damage to the natural nail.
This formulation has been created using 100% Pure grade A acetone, with a pleasant spearmint fragrance added.

Today we're going to show you how to remove an acrylic nail. We're going to start off by taking the top layer of the nail off, because it's got a gel top coat on, which won't soak in acetone. We're also going to take the length down because there's no point soaking excess length. We're going to be using an electric file today. Because we're only doing a one finger soak off we can use just a dappen dish. If you were going to do a full hand soak off you would use a glass bowl. Fill your dappen dish up with acetone tip remover and then your client can place her finger in for a good ten minutes. 

This nail has been in this acetone now for about ten minutes so we can give it a check. Use your cuticle pusher to scrape any excess off. So when we put it back in the acetone it's not working on acrylic that's already been removed. Then that can go back in for another five minutes. 
This nail has been in for another five minutes so were going to give it another check. It's nearly off, it's just got a thin layer left on it. Still put it back in the acetone - don't be tempted to file or pick it off. This nail should be ready now. If there's any little bits left on, any little bits of glitter, don't worry because we've got to buff this nail. So we're just tidying up the shape. Remember this is a natural nail now so one direction only, then very gently just buff off any excess - just a few little bits of glitter that are staying there. Get rid of your dust and we're going to finish this nail off with a little bit of cuticle oil. That nail's now done.

Written Instructions:
The removal of acrylic nail extensions should only be performed if you no longer wish to keep the nail extensions on. Correctly maintained acrylic nails can be kept for a number of years without the need to replace or renew the product. There will be the odd breakage which will require a complete new remove and replace. Acrylic nails can only be removed using a solvent. Most nail technicians will use acetone as this is the quickest, cheapest and easiest way of soaking off acrylic nail extensions from the natural nail. Acetone will break the bond in the polymer chains. The stronger the bond the harder it will be to dissolve the nail extensions.The easiest to remove is fibreglass as there is no cross-linking structures. The resin in the extension has the weakest bonds which makes it quicker to remove than other systems but offers less product strength. The liquid and powder acrylic system is reasonably easy to remove although it will take a good bit more soaking time and buffing. The most difficult to remove is UV Gel nails, as the bonds that link the structure of the extension are so strong that it is almost completely impenetrable and the nail would need purely filing off. However UV gel does offer an extremely strong nail system. There are gel systems that are soak off gels, these only take 10 mins to soak off but are not strong enough to use as an extension just an overlay. 

  • Cover the work surface with the towel to prevent damage from acetone and to catch dust.
  • Fill one manicure bowl with hot water (NOT BOILING!) Fill the second manicure bowl ONLY enough to cover the nails, as the acetone evaporates more can be added to the bowl. Place the second bowl on top of the first bowl to warm the acetone up and make it work faster.
  • Apply Vaseline to the fingertips and around the cuticles to help prevent skin drying out. Take care not to cover the actual nail itself with the Vaseline
  • Place one hand into the manicure bowl and leave to soak for 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Remove hand from the dish and gently scrap the nail with a cuticle pusher to remove the softened product. The gel like substance that used to be the acrylic nail should scrape off quite easily. Be careful not to scrape the natural nail plate. Don’t take your hand out of the solution for more than a few seconds at a time as the acrylic will very quickly harden again.
  • Repeat the soaking/scraping process until almost all of the acrylic nail has dissolved. you may need to gently white block the nail to remove the last little bits.
  • File your nails back into shape.
  • Wash the hands as they will be dusty. Apply hand cream and moisturise the hands. Rub a little cuticle oil onto each nail to finish.
  • Your nails may be weaker and break after wearing acrylic nails so do make sure you moisture them regularly with cuticle oil.
  • The nails will also feel softer for the next 8 hours until the acetone has completely evaporated out of the nails.
  • Please note : this method will only work for acrylic, silk/fibreglass and soak off gel nails. not for regular gel nails or any acrylics that include the product Methylmethacrylate known as MMA.
    Make sure you are sitting in a well ventilated room!
    Do not use acetone on broken, sore or damaged skin.
    Be careful near work areas, acetone is a solvent and will remove paint or varnish from work surfaces.
    KEEP AWAY from sources of ignition, it is Flammable!
    DO NOT pour acetone into drains (it may dissolve plastic plumbing pipes).
    The easiest way to dispose of acetone is to allow it to evaporate in a safe location out of direct sunlight, or soak up with couch roll and dispose of in an outside bin.