If you’re the type of person who enjoys getting their nails done, then there’s a good chance that you’ve tried out gel polish. This type of polish stays on for weeks and doesn’t chip at all if applied correctly. The process consists of roughing up your actual nail with a file or dremel, applying the polish (base, one or two coats of color, and a top coat), and setting it with a UV light. As someone who has gotten their nails done with this polish and worked in a woodshop with power sanders for for two weeks, leaving without so much as a blemish on them, I can attest that this stuff is pretty powerful.
Of course, removing this type of polish is difficult for obvious reasons. Not only do you have to rough up the top coat of the polish and soak it in pure acetone for 10-20 minutes, but you have to have it scraped off. Most don’t know the process, and rely on salons to do the dirty work for them. Of course, it does come at a price. If you’d like to avoid having to go in and pay $5-15 dollars to remove polish every time, then you might be looking for an option like the Gel Nail Polish Remover.
This is a AA battery-powered grooming tool that will help you to penetrate the polish quickly and effectively. There are three different heads, two for rough up and sanding the top coat so the acetone will soak in faster, and a pusher to remove the softened polish. This is lightweight and easy to use, and will cost you $39.95. If you don’t feel like spending that much money, you could purchase a regular nail file and a metal cuticle pusher for a fraction of the price to do the same job. So long as you leave an acetone-soaked cotton ball wrapped in tin foil on top of your roughed-up polish for long enough, it should be extremely easy to remove.
Available for purchase on Hammacher-Schlemmer