Stretching Nail Polish

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April 26, 2011

Woman Giving Herself a ManicureI had some nail polish that was getting too thick to use, so instead of throwing it away, I poured nail polish remover in it. I just poured a little at a time. Shake it good and if it's still too thick, add a little more. Do this until you can put on your nails smoothly. Nail polish is getting expensive now, so I have to be thrifty. Some bottles are $5.00 or $6.00. Can't throw them away, just fix them - thin them down!


Also, if you have a color that you think is too light, just mix in a darker color. Too dark, pour in a lighter color. I have made some pretty colors doing this and saved money. Give it a try, it really works!

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June 16, 2016

When your nail polish begins to thicken either just dip your nail polish brush into non-acetone nail polish remover and replace the brush back into the bottle and roll it in your hands. Never shake a bottle of nail polish or you get bubbles in it!

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June 16, 2004

Keep your fingernail polish in the refrigerator. It keeps forever and never gets thick. By Karen

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September 29, 2006

I have a favorite nail polish and I'm about to run out before my other hand is done. Is there any way to add something to stretch it?



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September 30, 20060 found this helpful

Local beauty supply stores have a nail thinner you can add. Don't add remover as some people try.


Cheap nail salons use the thinner so they have to buy less polish. But it works in a pinch.

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October 2, 20060 found this helpful

If polish is thick or almost gone, I put in just a drop or two of nail polish remover. It thins out super thick polish or gets the polish to not be coating the walls of the bottle.

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October 2, 20060 found this helpful

Don't know what to use to stretch the polish - but I do know that if you put nail polish remover in it your polish will be dull and ugly on your nails.

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By Diana (Guest Post)
October 3, 20060 found this helpful

how about some clear nail polish?

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October 12, 20061 found this helpful

I've used pure acetone in a pinch. I keep it in one of the nail polish remover bottles that has a squirt lid, that way I can use it to put a few drops in the polish. Regular polish remover is not good. It has other stuff in it that just makes a mess. I don't do it all the time, but I have rescued old or running out polish before.

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