Step 5: Wrap removal.

 Your wrap should last at least a week, and can even be repainted, if you use a non acetone remover.  If a corner starts to lift off of your nail, you can use a toothpick to apply glue under the corner, for a quick fix. DO NOT peel the wrap off of your nails, this will do a lot of damage and make your nails very weak and brittle. If you remove them correctly, you shouldn't have any damage at all to your nail.

For the removal of the wraps, you'll need 100% acetone, cotton pads/balls, and 10 squares of aluminum foil. You could use regular nail polish remover, as long as it has acetone in the ingredients (it'll just take longer.) Non acetone remover won't work. 

Working on one hand at a time, saturate the cotton pad in acetone, place on the nail and use a square of foil to hold it on, completely covering the pad so the remover doesn't evaporate.

I do one hand at a time, because, well, it's hard trying to do anything with 10 foil wrapped fingers. 

Leave this on for about 10 minutes, then pull the foil and the pad off of your finger at once. The pressure from the foil helps to remove the wrap. If it doesn't all come off the first time, rub with the cotton pad until it is all removed.  

This seems like a lot of work, and the first couple of times you do it, it is a lot, but once you've done it a few times, it gets very easy.  You don't want to leave a wrap on all of the time. You should let your nails rest by leaving the wrap off for a week or so. I go three weeks on,  one week off.  

If you have any questions, or need me to clarify any of the steps, please feel free to ask.

***I am not responsible for accidents caused by carelessness while using any of these tools/glue.  Just because this works for me, doesn't mean it will work for you. I am also not responsible for any damage caused by using this method, as I have clearly stated correct ways for applying and removing without causing any damage to myself.***
Wow! A really comprehensive tutorial. Thanks. Following you now.
hiya i was wondering: I have very short nails (due to my job) but once in a while want long nails without spending the skrill on acrylics (not to mention the damage it does to my nail beds). Can I use nail tips and the "tea bag" wrap to achieve the length I want without the commitment? thanks for the tute!!
I'm not sure if this would work or not. You would still have to glue the tips to your natural nail. I'm not sure if that little bit glued to your nail without acrylic would be enough to hold it on, even with the paper wraps. Also, the wraps are so thin, you would have to file down the seam of the artificial nail so that it was even with your natural nail, or there would be a ridge once you put the wrap on. All I can say is, give it a try, maybe do one nail and see how it works. Do it on the weekend when you don't have anywhere to go, and see if it stays on all day. I'd love to hear if this works for you!
So trying this! I love having my nails done but can't afford the cost. This is a very inexpensive way to have my nails! <br>Thank you!!
<p>thanks for the instructable, I have wanted wraps forever but couldn't find any one in my area that does it.&nbsp; I cann't wait to try it!:)</p>
Awesome!&nbsp; I'm totally trying this tonight!<br />
That's great! You'll definitely notice a difference. Make sure there is no oil on your fingers at all, or the wrap won't last as long! Also, if you replace them one at a time as needed, it's a lot better than doing all 10 at once every week or so. Just an idea!
Great idea, thanks!&nbsp; I&nbsp;have a question:&nbsp; Do you think I&nbsp;could use clear nail polish instead of glue - or would that defeat the whole purpose?&nbsp; I'm not sure that my super glue is safe to use and I'm hesitant to apply nail glue to my natural nails.&nbsp; What do you think?<br /> <br /> And a suggestion - a French 'Tip' (ha, pun intended) - scotch tape works well for a straight french tip line, and, although it is harder to do, you can also achieve a curved line with scotch tape.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Thanks for the awesome Instructable! :-) +5*<br />
&nbsp;Clear nail polish would work but not for very long, it would chip easily. Nail glue (the glue designed for artificial fingernails) is safe for your natural nails, and if you remove it with acetone, it will not damage your natural nails at all.&nbsp;

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