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Nail File Grit Descriptions, Cleaning Instructions and Nail Care

Grit Descriptions

The higher the number, the higher the grit, the higher the grit, the smoother the file. Typically, you'll use a coarser grit for shaping and a finer grit for the finishing touches. The lower the number the harsher the file is going to be on your natural nails.

Important Tip! Do not file nail edges back and forth - ONLY file one way. You can really damage the integrity of your nails when filing back and forth. Same thing goes for the surface of the nail, only file in the direction of nail plate growth, never back and forth.

Grit Number Grit Artificial Nails Natural Nails

80 Extra Course

File, shape, reduce length or smooth thick artificial nails or removing gel nails.

Removing acrylic, gel and fiberglass overlays as well as hard foot calluses.

Do not use

100 Coarse File, shape, reduce length or smooth thick artificial nails, overlays or hard toenails. Do not use

120 Medium/Coarse Shape, smooth rough edges and sanding thick/medium acrylic nails to reduce length and thickness. Do not use

180 Medium

Sanding on medium thick artificial nails, wraps and toenail edges.

Used in preparation of the nail plate before acrylic and gel application, blending nail tip and for shaping and smoothing artificial nails.

Use cautiously, it depends on your natural nail health, if your nails are damaged or brittle, do not use this grit. If your nails are healthy, use 100 to 180 for removing deep scratches and for shaping and smoothing.

240 Medium/Fine Final filing of acrylic nails before buffing - used used for shaping and smoothing. For, removing bumps, ridges or discolorations, shaping and a smooth finish.

280 Fine Great for shaping, smoothing ridges and removing discoloration. For shaping and smoothing. (220 to 280 is great to use as a buffer after removing deep scratches.)

320 Extra Fine Great for shaping, smoothing ridges and discoloration. Use for artificial nail preparation and final finishing steps. For shaping and smoothing.

360 Extremely Fine Use for artificial nail preparation and final finishing steps. For shaping, smoothing ridges and removing discoloration.

600 Shine Use for natural nails or articifial. Use as the final step, create a high gloss shine.

File Cleaning Instructions

Put nail file under running water and brush the grit surfaces lightly. Can be immersed in water or sanitizing solutions. Pat dry and allow to air dry for 24 hours before re-use. Be sure to check with your local, state and federal regulations regarding proper sanitation laws if using this product in a salon.

Nail Care

Nails should always be filed when dry to insure smooth edges. Place the nail file under the nail edge and file in one direction only.