How to Remove Solar Nails at Home

by Kimberly Johnson

Solar nails are a brand of artificial acrylic nails manufactured by Creative Nail Design Incorporated. Solar nails look like a French manicure and are available in both pink and natural colors. A manicurist applies the nails in two steps, first a layer of white and then a top layer of acrylic in either pink or skin-tone. Although Solar nails are applied at professional nail salons, you can remove them at home using the proper tools.

Items you will need

  • Cotton balls
  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Cotton swab
  • Glass bowl
  • 80-grit nail file
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Nail buffer
Step 1

Soak a cotton ball in acetone nail polish remover and wipe your nails vigorously with the cotton ball to remove all traces of nail polish. Use additional acetone-soaked cotton balls as required.

Step 2

File the ends of the Solar nails with an 80-grit nail file to get them as short as possible without filing into your natural nail underneath.

Step 3

Fill a glass bowl with enough acetone nail polish remover to cover your fingertips when you place them in the bowl. Do not use a plastic bowl since the acetone will dissolve the plastic.

Step 4

Open a jar of petroleum jelly and dip a cotton swab into it. Use the cotton swab to apply the jelly to all of the skin surrounding each nail. Put additional petroleum jelly on the pads of your fingers so that your fingers are covered up to the first knuckle.

Step 5

Insert your fingers into the bowl just until the Solar nails are covered in the acetone solution. Soak the nails for 10 minutes.

Step 6

Remove your fingers from the bowl, and notice that the top layer of the Solar nails is soft. Scrape off as much of the top layer as possible using a cuticle pusher.

Step 7

Place your fingers back into the bowl and soak your nails for an additional 10 minutes.

Step 8

Remove your nails and scrape them again with the cuticle pusher to remove more of the Solar nail product. Continue soaking your nails and scraping them down until all of the Solar nails are removed.

Step 9

Wash your hands well with soap and water to remove all traces of the petroleum jelly and the acetone. Use a nail buffer to smooth the top of your nails lightly by moving it in a side-to-side motion.

Tips

  • You may want to leave a thin layer of the acrylic Solar nail solution on your nails as a protective layer.

Photo Credits

  • fingernail polish image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com

About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.