Miro's Guitar Nails
Before any treatment first wash the nails in warm soapy water.
To strengthen a weak nail
Use the 3-grade buffer to roughen
the upper surface around the
free-edge of the nail.
Cut a strip of china silk sized to
cover the tip of the nail.
Remove the protective paper.
Press and mould the china-silk
into the area you want to strengthen.
Apply a small drop of resin-glue
to the china-silk.
[WARNING: resin-glue contains
cyanoacrylte. It is an eye irritant
and bonds skin in seconds - keep
away from children].
Smooth it around with the plastic
spreader until the silk is saturated.
Let it dry and then buff lightly.
When the resin has set hard, trim
the silk 'overhang' from the sides
and edges of the nail using the
form-file, or a glass file, in a
downwards direction. Finish by using the
buffer gently to obtain a smooth,
polished and natural look.
If necessary re-apply the resin-glue to cover the entire silk,
working-in very small amounts at a
time. Apply more resin-glue as necessary until the desired thickness of the
nail is achieved. [not illustrated]
To lengthen a nail
This process is similar to the above
(steps 1-7). The main difference is
that the silk strip is sized and placed
so that it overhangs the nail tip thereby increasing its effective length. Now
coat with resin again and apply another layer of silk. Re-apply resin, let
dry, buff, shape and polish. If necessary add more layers. Each layer
should be smooth and shiny and fully
cover previous ones.
To repair a broken nail
Carefull preparation is essential. Cut
the silk to the desired size and continue as in section for
to strengthen a weak nail.
Now put an other piece
of silk exactly the same shape as the
broken or "missing" part but underneath the nail. Ensure that this does
not overlap the nail but is glued only
to its edge and to the back of the silk
on the upper side of the nail.
Natural Repair Oil
Massage a few drops of oil daily into
the nail and the nail bed. This treatments promotes natural growth,
keeps the nails healthy and flexible
and protects from chemicals and breakages.
[WARNING: For external use only]