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Hi.i have a probleem which i don't understant why this happens.maybe someone can give me an idea why.
I have been using the opi gel polish top coat lately and i have notice that some of the nails,after the curing and the wiping ,they become matt,when the rest of the nails are fine and glossy.i have 2 uv lamps 36 watt in each i cure the gels and in the beginning i thought that maybe it was the cleanser which i use that wasn't compatible with the opi top coat and it made it matt but since it's not happening on all the nails,i don't think that's the problem.then i thought that maybe is the lamps and the are weak but i haven't used them for 500 hours yet to become weak.i don't know...
Do you have any ideas why this is happening??
 

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I've noticed that too! I have the same problem.
 

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I've noticed that too! I have the same problem.
Realy?is it possible that the opi top coat needs the opi lamp to cure proberly?
 

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Not sure, they've got a new lamp coming out in March so I'm going to get that and see what happens
 

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I have this problem, usually on some of the darker colours. I have an opi lamp and I've tried curing topcoat for double the time to no avail! I end up just doing two top coats, do one, wipe then if needed I'll do another whole set of top coat xx
 

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Do you wipe using OPI surface cleaner?
 

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Yes I use the whole opi system x
 

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It's weird isn't it? I might contact OPI tomorrow and ask for advice!
 

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I don't use the opi cleaner and i called the opi lady to ask if that's the problem and she told me that i should mix my cleanser with some water before using it so it will not be so strong,but i found that weird... i tried it anyway but it wasn't doing a good job with the water which is logical and i don't even know why she told me that.i was thinging of buying the opi cleaner but since LizR says that is also making it matt i don't see the point... To be honest i alredy stoped using the opi top coat and the new one that i got is just fine.
 

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Hey I use it and sometimes it needs a double coat of top coat. I have OPI LED light so I don't know the curing times for UV. I also just use regular 90% rubbing alcohol and mine are always shiny. Do you notice if the top coat almost pulls away from color sometimes it's weird. But normally I just do a double top coat and no problem
 

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Hey I use it and sometimes it needs a double coat of top coat. I have OPI LED light so I don't know the curing times for UV. I also just use regular 90% rubbing alcohol and mine are always shiny. Do you notice if the top coat almost pulls away from color sometimes it's weird. But normally I just do a double top coat and no problem
Yes i noticed that as well.it does that mostly when i do a stamp on the nail with stamp polish and i try to top coat that.
 

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I don't use the opi cleaner and i called the opi lady to ask if that's the problem and she told me that i should mix my cleanser with some water before using it so it will not be so strong,but i found that weird... i tried it anyway but it wasn't doing a good job with the water which is logical and i don't even know why she told me that.i was thinging of buying the opi cleaner but since LizR says that is also making it matt i don't see the point... To be honest i alredy stoped using the opi top coat and the new one that i got is just fine.
Which top coat are you now using? I have just bought a gellux which is a base and top coat all in one. I have many clients who can't get much more than a week out of opi so I'm hoping this base and top coat may be a little stronger. I hate feeling like I can't guarantee 2 weeks with opi :-( Can not afford to buy a whole new system though xx
 

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Also! Just thought, I am supposed to be shaking top coat arent I?!? X
 

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Yes i noticed that as well.it does that mostly when i do a stamp on the nail with stamp polish and i try to top coat that.
Yeah I'm not sure why it does it but with stamping make sure to double top coat
 

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Also! Just thought, I am supposed to be shaking top coat arent I?!? X
Yup everything get shaken even top and base. With both let sit for a minute so it doesn't have bubbles
 

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Which top coat are you now using? I have just bought a gellux which is a base and top coat all in one. I have many clients who can't get much more than a week out of opi so I'm hoping this base and top coat may be a little stronger. I hate feeling like I can't guarantee 2 weeks with opi :-( Can not afford to buy a whole new system though xx
It could be their nails. Do you have IBX system? Use that to repair their nails it'll help with adhesion too
 

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It could be their nails. Do you have IBX system? Use that to repair their nails it'll help with adhesion too
Yes,it's true about ibx.when ever i use it to a client before the gel polish application,it seems to last longer and the problematic nails seem to brake less.
 

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Yup! I use it on my nails too
 

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Hi.i have a probleem which i don't understant why this happens.maybe someone can give me an idea why.
I have been using the opi gel polish top coat lately and i have notice that some of the nails,after the curing and the wiping ,they become matt,when the rest of the nails are fine and glossy.i have 2 uv lamps 36 watt in each i cure the gels and in the beginning i thought that maybe it was the cleanser which i use that wasn't compatible with the opi top coat and it made it matt but since it's not happening on all the nails,i don't think that's the problem.then i thought that maybe is the lamps and the are weak but i haven't used them for 500 hours yet to become weak.i don't know...
Do you have any ideas why this is happening??

This happened with my Gelish top coat.
I was using lint free wipes to remove tacky layer but was told to try cotton wool/pads. Now it's shiny every time. x
 

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This happened with my Gelish top coat.
I was using lint free wipes to remove tacky layer but was told to try cotton wool/pads. Now it's shiny every time. x
I will try that!
 

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