Many women undergo the problem of clumpy and thick polish. It is a natural process that occurs over time, and the main reason is the evaporation of solvents from the nail polish. However, it is not a big problem. You can fix the thick polish by thinning it. In this article, we will tell you about different methods that you can use to thin polish.
How to thin nail polish with alcohol
If you don’t have a polish thinner at home, then you can carry out the procedure with isopropyl alcohol. The compound is an excellent polish thinner. First, you need an eyedropper. Then, you have to add two drops of alcohol to your polish via the eyedropper.
Shake your polish up aggressively so that the alcohol is accurately mixed in it. Check the polish and see if it is consistent. If it is not, you can add a few more drops of isopropyl alcohol and shake it up again. When you achieve the right consistency for your polish, it is important to let it rest for twenty minutes. After that, you can apply polish.
Why Use Alcohol
Ethyl acetate and isopropyl alcohol are two solvents found in the nail polish. They are the two main ingredients of most polish products. Over time, these solvents evaporate from the polish.
When you add a few drops of alcohol to your nail polish, it will replace the amount of alcohol that was lost. Besides, isopropyl alcohol is similar to ethyl acetate, which acts as a great replacement for the solvent in the polish.
So, if you don’t have a thinner for your polish, you can use alcohol as DIY thinner. Adding alcohol to your polish will make it thin, consistent, and more fluid. Experts think that isopropyl alcohol is much better than many commercial thinners.
If the polish contains high levels of ethyl acetate and alcohol, it will readily absorb the isopropyl alcohol. It means you can adequately thin your polish. Similarly, their certain products, which do not respond well to alcohol.
Although they will get more fluid, at the same time dry out quickly. Some people say that alcohol fades their nail polish color. Therefore, you need to proceed with caution when it comes to using alcohol.
How to thin nail polish with hot water
In case you think alcohol is not the best way to thin your polish, you can use hot water. Keep in mind that using hot water will thin your nail polish temporarily. However, you will get more fluid and apply the polish easily. Remember, you must not place the polish close to the flame because it contains flammable chemicals.
Anyway, the process involves shaking up your polish and then placing the bottle in warm water. The polish will soak the hot water within a few minutes. The heat from the hot water will make the polish more fluid. Air bubbles formed due to shaking the polish bottle will dissipate.
Make sure the water is hot but not too hot. Boiling water can break the glass bottle and ruin everything. Using hot water is a temporary fix, and some people think it is not that much effective. Therefore, we recommend you to use a polish thinner. It is the best solution to thin your polish.
How to thin nail polish – steps
Some women have left painting their nails due to the thickness of polish. The problem is not that significant as some women think of it. You can easily resolve the issue by putting the bottle in hot water or use isopropyl alcohol. Another easy method is to use a polish thinner. Let us tell you how to thin your polish step by step!
Add 2-3 drops of acetone to your polish bottle. Close the bottle and shake it vigorously to achieve good results. It is important to add polish remover or acetone carefully. Make sure you add the correct amount. Otherwise, you will have a liquid nail varnish, which we believe is of no use.
In case you don’t have polish remover or acetone at home. You can achieve the same results with hydrogen peroxide. You can use specific diluting products to achieve a more professional finish.
After adding nail polish remover, hydrogen peroxide, or acetone, you need to let the nail polish for a few minutes. The purpose is to achieve a perfect polish that does not dry out or get thick. That’s it, and you have now thinned your polish.
We have told you about three different methods. All of them work perfectly, but the hot water method produces temporary results. However, it is still the best and proven method to thin your polish and apply it easily on your nails.
In addition to knowing these methods to fix the problem of nail polish thickening, you must maintain the polish in top shape. The purpose is to extend the life of the polish. Also, we want you to use nail polish for a longer period. So, you need to focus on the following.
It is always a nice idea to place polish in the fridge. If you don’t want it in the fridge, you can keep it in a fresh place. Make sure the place is away from direct sunlight and free of humidity and moisture.
Likewise, you must shake the varnish when you want to use it. Some experts recommend shaking it at intervals. The primary purpose of doing this is to avoid to drying of nail polish. At the end of the manicure, you need to close the bottle properly. The air must not enter the nail polish bottle.
Before using nail polish, you need to clean the bottle’s mouth. It is for avoiding the build-up of the nail polish in the area. Also, cleaning will help you avoid content drying. You can use a cotton swab and damp it with nail varnish to clean the bottle.
Women do not like polish that gets thickened or dry out easily. Most often, the thickening is when you don’t close the bottle properly or the evaporation of the solvents. Whatever the reasons are, it is important to thin your nail polish.
In this article, we have given you three different methods to thin your polish. Whichever method you want to use depends on your personal preference. In general, if you want to thin your nail polish quickly, we recommend placing the bottle in hot water. Remember, too hot water will break the bottle. So, you need to be careful.
On the other hand, if you want a long-term thinning of the nail polish, then use isopropyl alcohol. Lastly, you can use polish remover, acetone, and thinner products to get the job done.
David Nilsen is the former editor of Fourth & Sycamore. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can find more of his writing on his website at davidnilsenwriter.com and follow him on Twitter as @NilsenDavid.