Nail File Grits 101
If you're new to performing professional manicures, there's one very important numbering system you'll want to memorize as a nail tech: grit numbers. We came up with a quick and easy lowdown to help you remember.
What’s Your Number?
Grit Goals: High Number = Fine Grit, Low Number = Coarse Grit
80 Grit = Very Coarse
• Best used to remove polish, gel, or acrylics
• Not to be used on the natural nail
100 Grit = Coarse
• Used to shorten the length of nails with or without acrylic
• Or to shape side wall and free edge
150 Grit = Medium Coarse
• Used to shape the nail bed or blend tips onto the natural nail
180 Grit = Medium
• Used to shape the entire nail or nail enhancements such as acrylics
• Used to prep the nail before applying products
• Or to shorten or shape free edge of natural nail
220-280 Grit = Medium Fine
• Used to prep nails before UV gel polish
• Soft enough for natural nail and creates a smooth shine
400-900 Grit = Extra Fine
• Used for finishing
• Removes ridges and stains
• Preps for buffing/shining
Time to shine!
Go file and buff those nails ‘til they sparkle!