How to Do Fiberglass Nails

Updated April 17, 2017

Fibreglass nails offer a more natural looking alternative to the acrylic and liquid and powder nails out there. They are thinner and still maintain the strength of the thicker nails. There is only a small learning curve and your first set of fibreglass nails can be applied in less than an hour with a standard set of nail tools, as well as a fibreglass kit.

Prepare your own nails first before attaching the fibreglass nails. Start by clipping your nails short with nail clippers, so that they don't extend past your fingertips. Then file them down until smooth, and clean away any varnish or dirt.

Measure the fibreglass nails against your own nails to make sure each fake nail is the same width as your natural nail. It's extremely important that they are the same size across. If the fibreglass nail is too big you may need to trim it first.

Spread a thin coat of nail glue on the back of the first fibreglass nail you are attaching. Do not put the glue onto your actual fingernail. Avoid putting the glue too close to the edge.

Press the fibreglass nail down onto the nail you want it attached to. Make sure to get it as close to the cuticle as possible. Press the nail down firmly and hold it in place for about ten seconds.

Once completed, you may wish to file down the fibreglass nail to remove any rough edges.

Things You'll Need

  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Fibreglass nail kit
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Located in New York State, Benjamin Skinner has been writing technology and health articles since 2008. He has worked with large companies such as Women’s Forum and Great Leap Studios. Skinner has more than six years of experience in the construction industry and understands the inner workings of buildings. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Syracuse University.