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Carolep

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does anyone know of a website which has info on nail file grits? ie, explaing when to use certain grits?
 

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Hi CaroleP,

A quick peek at your profile reveals that you say you are trained in Calgel, Biosculpture, Ezflow and Creative . . . .

Was this not covered in some of your training? :eek:
 

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Don't know about the other companies that you trained with but i do know from experience that creative tell you what every file grit is and what it is used for and when,
you will have been given a training manual from creative and it is all in there too, as well as been in the sales catalogue hth
 

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hi,

the reason i ask, is I have a problem with my finger tips - cant feel the grits properly. so i want learn and just keep refreshed. no harm in that
 

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I only use creative files and each one looks different so i know just by looking at them, sorry if that is not much help hun,
maybe when you buy them you could put them into envelopes with the grit written on there so you know which one is in each envelope
 

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i use millenium files that are differnet colours have the grit written on them and what the file is for

eg 100/180 filing and shaping
 

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hi,

the reason i ask, is I have a problem with my finger tips - cant feel the grits properly. so i want learn and just keep refreshed. no harm in that
There is no harm but are you trained in these systems you have in your profile or do you just use all of them.There is quite a bit of difference in the systems and generic answers are not going to help you.You cant be trained on this site.
 

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I only use creative files and each one looks different so i know just by looking at them, sorry if that is not much help hun,
maybe when you buy them you could put them into envelopes with the grit written on there so you know which one is in each envelope
Good idea!! Use the files you know, there are many usefull threads on this site have you tried searching?
 

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Extra Coarse 80 grit
Very Coarse 100 grit
Coarse 120 grit
Medium/Coarse 180 grit
Medium 220 grit
Medium/fine 320 grit
Fine 400 grit
Medium Smoothing 600 grit
Smoothing 4000 grit
Shining 12,000 or higher

METHOD
ACRYLIC
L/C ACRYLIC
UV GEL
FIBERGLASS SLIK WRAP
NATURAL NAILS
PREP
100 TO 180 Grit
100 to 180 Grit
180 Grit
180 Grit
180 to 220 Grit
SHORTENING
80 Grit
80 Grit
120 to 180 Grit
120 to 180 Grit
180 to 220 Grit
SHAPPING
100 to 180 Grit
100 to 180 Grit
180 Grit
180 Grit
180 Grit
SMOOTHING
180 to 240 Grit
220 to 400 Grit
220 to 400 Grit
220 to 400 Grit
220 to 400 Grit
FINISHING
600 to 4000 Grit
600 to 4000 Grit
Not Needed
600 to 4000 Grit
Not Needed
SHINE
12,000 Grit
12,000 Grit
Not Needed
12,000 Grit
12,000 Grit



hope this helps
 

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Sorry guys just realized that my cut and paste didn't quite work :) it should read more like this:

Extra Coarse 80 grit
Very Coarse 100 grit
Coarse 120 grit
Medium Coarse 180 grit
Medium 220 grit
Medium Fine 320 grit
Fine 400 grit
Medium Smoothing 600 grit
Smoothing 4000 grit
Shining 12,000 or higher

METHOD
ACRYLIC
L/C ACRYLIC
UV GEL
FIBERGLASS
SILK WRAP
NATURAL
NAILS
PREP

180 grit
180 grit
180 grit
180 grit
180 to 220 grit
SHORTENING

100 grit
100 grit
180 grit
120 to 180 grit
180 to 220 grit
SHAPING

100 to 180 grit
100 to 180 grit
180 grit
180 grit
180 grit
SMOOTHING

180 to 240 grit
220 to 400 grit
220 to 400 grit
220 to 400 grit
220 to 400 grit
FINISHING

600 to 4000 grit
600 to 4000 grit
Not Needed
600 to 4000 grit
Not Needed
SHINE

12,000 grit
12,000 grit
Not Needed
12,000 grit
12,000 grit


Hope this helps
 

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Okay 3 times lucky...lol

Acrylic Gel Fiberglass/Silk Natural nails

Prep 180 grit 180 grit 180 Grit 180 Grit
Shortening 100 grit 180 grit 180 grit 180 to 220
Shaping 100-180 180 grit 180 grit 180
Smoothing 180-240 220-400 220-400 220-400
Finishing 600-4000 not needed 600-4000 not needed
Shine 12,000 not needed 12,000 12,000

Extra Coarse 80 grit
Very Coarse 100 grit
Coarse 120 grit
Medium Coarse 180 grit
Medium 220 grit
Medium Fine 320 grit
Fine 400 grit
Medium Smoothing 600 grit
Smoothing 4000 grit
Shining 12,000 or higher
 

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File grits are not standard, the numbers give you some what give a guide line. (a name) the stiffness of the core, the a mount of pressure, and the abrasive materials all come in to play also. And oh yeah each nail tech have their own standard of what a perfect finish is, so really you should stick to company recommendations.

The next time you take a class, make sure you write down the order in which the files are use. In competitions we have this system call rough to buff, which files is stack up in orders, and wrap. Try the opi profile sampler pack their files, and buffer are all the same shape so the stack nicely, and they come out the pack in order, all you have to do is know when to switch file.
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Okay 3 times lucky...lol

Acrylic Gel Fiberglass/Silk Natural nails

Prep 180 grit 180 grit 180 Grit 180 Grit
Shortening 100 grit 180 grit 180 grit 180 to 220
Shaping 100-180 180 grit 180 grit 180
Smoothing 180-240 220-400 220-400 220-400
Finishing 600-4000 not needed 600-4000 not needed
Shine 12,000 not needed 12,000 12,000

Extra Coarse 80 grit
Very Coarse 100 grit
Coarse 120 grit
Medium Coarse 180 grit
Medium 220 grit
Medium Fine 320 grit
Fine 400 grit
Medium Smoothing 600 grit
Smoothing 4000 grit
Shining 12,000 or higher
thank you for the help! I really appreciate it, it really a pain not being able to feel the files properly.
Which do you find is a nice grit for blending tips to natural nails?
is is ok to use a 80/80 to shorten a plastic tip for gel overlays?

thanx guys, appreciate the help.
 

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to be honest with you
i never use anything lower than a 180 grit
for shortening a tip i would use a 180 but a 240 is fine aswell
i would never use a grit lower than a 180 and never lower than a 240 near or on the natural nail

i would think a 80 grit for shortening a tip would rip it to shreds
hth x
 

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thanx everyone!
 

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