How to Operate an Electric Nail File Machine

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How to Operate an Electric Nail File Machine
It is simple to safely and properly operate an electric nail file. (ongles vernis image by RomainQuéré from

Electric nail file machines reduce the time and tedious effort that come along with using traditional nail files. Although electric nail files can be convenient in many different ways, you must know how to correctly operate the device in order to get high quality results. Electric nail files are used for a number of different fingernail procedures, from maintaining nail enhancements to grooming natural fingernails. Learn how to use an electric nail file for completing different fingernail procedures.

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Things you need

  • Electric nail file
  • Tapered nail bit
  • Extra-fine diamond bit
  • Medium diamond bit
  • Sanding band bit
  • Drill oil

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    Attach an extra-fine diamond bit to the electric nail file. Gently push back cuticles and expose dead skin.

  2. 2

    Apply drill-safe oil to cuticles and use the electric file to smooth out any ridges on the fingernails. To remove dead excess skin, gently circle over the areas with the file bit, according to Nails Magazine.

  3. 3

    Keep the bit flat to the fingernail and use a speed ranging from 2500 to 6000 RPM while filing.

  4. 4

    Remove the extra-fine diamond bit and attach an extra-fine sanding band bit.

  5. 5

    Use the sanding band along with drill oil. Hold the bit horizontally to nail and file from one lateral fold to the other. Keep the bit flat and move towards the cuticle.

  1. 1

    Attach a tapered bit to the electric nail file.

  2. 2

    File down the regrowth of the acrylic layer that is closest to the cuticle.

  3. 3

    Keep the tapered bit flat and use side-to-side, horizontal motions while filing. Once the acrylic is refined, use a one stroke method along the spot where the sealed and loose acrylic meet, says Nails Magazine. This will remove the remaining acrylic that is not intact.

  1. 1

    Push back cuticles gently with the file.

  2. 2

    Attach a medium diamond bit and begin to file at a speed of 2000 RPM.

  3. 3

    Hold the bit flat against the nail and use minimal pressure. File the entire surface of the nail in a left-to-right motion.

Tips and warnings

  • File bits are different attachments for the electric nail file. File bits come in different shapes, sizes and coarsenesses, so different ones are able to satisfy different filing procedures.
  • RPM stands for revolutions per minute.
  • During filing, periodically lift the bit from the nail to prevent heat build-up and nail damage.
  • Be sure to clean and disinfect file bits after use.

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