Every nail enthusiast has a favorite bottle of nail polish in their vanity. But what would you do if you opened the bottle one day to find the lacquer all dried up? Well, your knowledge of how to thin out a nail polish can come to your rescue and save your bottle of polish from going to the trash. In this article, we share a simple fix for the problem of thickened nail polish. Get ready to revive your old nail polishes and make them as good as new. Scroll down to know more!
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How To Fix Thick, Goopy Nail Polish
Thick nail polish has uneven consistency. Here’s how to thin out nail polish that has gotten thick, clumpy, and impossible to apply. These methods are a great fix for restoring the original consistency of your polish.
Method 1: Try A Nail Lacquer Thinner
Using a professional nail lacquer thinner is the best way to restore your old nail polish. Here’s what you need to do: use an eyedropper to pour 2-3 drops of thinner into the nail polish. Then, screw the cap back on and roll the bottle between the palms of your hands to mix the two together. Test the consistency – if it flows smoothly from the brush, it is ready to use. If it does not, add some more drops of thinner and test it out again.
If your nail polish is a gel formula, use a thinner that is specially designed for gel nail polish. You can find these thinners in most beauty stores.
Method 2: Hot Water Fix
If you are out of nail lacquer thinner, here’s how you can thin out nail polish with things you already have at home.
Immerse your bottle of dry nail polish in a bowl filled with hot water. Leave the bottle in the water for about 3 minutes. Then, gently roll the bottle back and forth between your palms to shake the polish in it. This method also helps loosen the cap of a hard-to-open nail polish bottle.
Note: As the glass bottle can get very hot, handle it with care and caution. If the polish still does not reach the desired consistency, repeat the process for a few more minutes.
Method 3: One Drop Of Pure Acetone
You can also use pure acetone as a last resort if you run out of nail polish thinner. The key is to only use one drop of acetone as any more than that will break down the nail polish and lessen its lifespan.
Worried that your favorite nail color is starting to harden? By following the easy tips given below, you can prevent your nail polish from getting thick and clumpy altogether. Check them out!
How To Keep Your Nail Polish From Turning Goopy
- Store your nail polish in a cool, dry place that maintains a consistent temperature (like a drawer).
- Wipe the neck of your nail polish bottle with a cotton ball soaked in acetone before you screw the cap back on. This also makes it easier for you to open the bottle the next time you want to give yourself a mani/pedi.
- Never keep your polish close to a source of heat or in direct sunlight.
- Avoid storing your nail polish in the bathroom as the temperature is constantly fluctuating in there, and humidity is your nail polish’s #1 enemy.
- Store your bottles the right way by keeping them upright. If you store them upside down or on the side (please don’t throw them haphazardly in a drawer), it will cause clumps in the formula and drying at the neck of the bottle.
- Don’t leave the lid off for longer than necessary. Exposing your nail polish to air is one of the top reasons for the thickening of your polish.
Infographic: More Tips For Restoring Sticky Or Thick Nail Polish
If you paint your nails at home, it’s possible that some of your favorite polishes are now tough to open, too thick to apply, or even both. However, you don’t have to throw away your old favorite colors. Instead, we have the strategies and tactics you need to save weary polish and prevent the issue from occurring in the first place. Learn from the infographic below about the most effective ways to save your nail polish.
A new bottle of nail polish is delightful. The only thing that beats it is knowing that an old, dried-up bottle of your favorite nail polish is salvageable. Follow these steps on how to thin out nail polish to make them as good as new for a few more coatings. Why throw out bottles when the content is still usable? However, everything has an expiry date. Nail polishes usually last for at least two years, but their chemical formula starts breaking down a few months before the date. So, if your nail polish starts to clump stubbornly and does not blend well, it is time to toss it out.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you use rubbing alcohol to thin out nail polish?
Yes, you can use 2 to 3 drops of rubbing alcohol (91% alcohol) to thin out your nail polish.
Can nail polish be thinned with remover?
No. Although this may seem like a quick solution, this method will break down your nail polish’s formula. The polish will begin to crack after a couple of uses.
Can you use hydrogen peroxide to thin out nail polish?
No. Hydrogen peroxide can be useful in removing your nail polish when you run out of remover, but it’s not the most ideal ingredient for thinning out your polish.
Are acetone and thinner the same?
No. While acetone acts as a dehydrator to remove the nail polish from your nails, a thinner acts as a solvent and replaces the ingredients that have evaporated over time. They also have different chemical compositions.
- You can revive a dried-up lacquer with a few simple techniques and without much effort.
- These methods help to thin out dried-up nail polish and restore its original consistency.
- You can use nail lacquer thinner or hot water to thin it out and store the nail polish in the right way to avoid thickening.