Q: Why are all nail tips shiny?

A: The reason nail tips are shiny begins with the manufacturing process. 

Q: How are traditional nail tips manufactured?  

A: Petroleum based plastics are injected into smooth steel molds with individual cavity's for each nail size and/or style.

Q: Why do all traditional nail tips have a shiny/oily surface?

A: They become shiny when they are cooled and then removed from the smooth steel molds. The oil is the residue from the petroleum based plastic.  

Q: Should I always remove the shine from plastic artificial nail tips?

A: Yes, you should always remove the shine underneath artifical nail tips before application and then on the top after you apply them. 

Q: Why should  the shiny/oily surface underneath the tip be removed before I apply them? 

A: The shiny/oily surface underneath traditional nail tips should be removed before you apply them to acheive maximum adhesion.

Q: Is this the same reason the shiny/oily surface from the natural nail bed is removed before I apply nail tips? 

A: Yes, otherwise the nail tip will not adhere properly to the natural nail bed causing air bubbles and tips to pop off. Air bubbles trap moisture, creating the perfect breeding ground for molds and fungus.

Q: Why should I remove the shine from traditional nail tips before application of acrylics, gels and other overlay products?

A: Acrylics, gels and other overlay products do not adhere well to a shiny/oily surface, so you must remove the surface shine and oil after you apply them too. 

Q: Do I ever have to file and/or buff PRE-ETCHED® nail tips?

A: No, you never have to file and/or buff underneath or on top of PRE-ETCHED® nail tips before or after you apply them.  

Q: Who invented PRE-ETCHED®  nail tips?

A: Carol L. and Robert D. McPherson invented and patented (Patent Number: 5,582,533) PRE-ETCHED® nail tips in 1993.

Q: How is the PRE-ETCHED® nail tip manufactured?

A: The manufacturing process is complex but the theory is simple. PRE-ETCHED® nail tips are made for the professional nail technician to save time, energy and money.

Q: Who manufactures the PRE-ETCHED® nail tips?

A: Pre-Etched Manufacturing is doing all of the work for you. They do all of the manufacturing, packaging, labeling and shipping.