How to Make Dry Nail Polish Work Again

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For a couple drops of acetone or nail polish remover with 100% acetone into the bottle. Let this sit out for an hour or two until polish is completely melted. When it seems to be completely liquified stir with the nail polish brush. !!! If you add too much acetone the nail polish will be too liquidy/loose !!!

Step 2: Good As New!

Step 3: Try It Out

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    wickedstorm

    7 weeks ago on Introduction

    It's already been stated a couple times, but a little repetition never hurt! PLEASE refrain from using acetone or other nail polish removers to thin a polish. It will "work" in the sense it will be thinned down and will apply. However, it breaks down the polish (hence it being a "remover") and will ultimately ruin your favorite polish(es).

    In my experience, it will be duller once dried, chip much easier and in time will become gritty to the point of it looking bumpy and terrible on the nail. Always use a thinner made especially for thinning nail polishes. You can get a bottle at a reasonable price at most any beauty supply store or online and it will last 'forever'. More importantly, your polishes stay happy and shiny!

    All that said... you can use removers to thin if you really need to, like it's nearly empty anyway or you don't care about that particular polish. Slap a nice glossy protective top coat on it and you're good to go. But if it's one of your favorites, don't do it!

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    LizzC

    3 years ago

    What if youbuse alcohol will that work?

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    paigeleigh

    5 years ago

    Nail polish remover breaks down nail polish, you shouldn't put it in your nail polish, you should use nail polish thinner, it restores your nail polish. -Paige

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    bellaf13

    6 years ago

    @novina Acetone is a solvent used in most nail polish removers. You can probably find it at any drug store or just use a nail polish remover with a high percent of acetone.
    Also, @anime and the Beatles, I don't know a way to make your nail polish dry faster, however, using the acetone in the nail polish didn't make it dry any slower. For me, it worked the same as it did before it dried out.

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    flo marie

    6 years ago

    i've done this before it only works on nail polish without glitter , i did this with a blue glitter nail polish i had and it turned black it worked with my non glitter nail polishes though .

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    Novina

    6 years ago

    what is acetone??

    is there a way to do it in reverse and make it dry faster? does this take longer to dry after you do this.

    Thanks! this is pretty helpful!