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Primer - what is it for and how to use it?

Nail Primer is one of the most important substances that has an effect on longevity, of gel, gel polish and acrylic nail design. It removes grease and changes pH of the nail which enhances adherence properties of the product. It prevents the creation of air bubbles and helps to adhere design to a problematic nail plate.

There are two types of primer - an Acid Primer and Acid Free primer. What's the difference? How and when to use them? In today's entry, we will try to elevate any doubts.

Acid-Free Primer

Acid Free Primer is the most universal and the most often substance used for enhancing adherence of the nail plate. It should do great in most cases if the client doesn't have a problematic nail plate. Primer's formula has a scent-free and gentle formula, it doesn't sting and irritate. It is safe for nails and doesn't damage them. After the application, it doesn't evaporate and leaves a sticky residue on the nail.

Acid Primer

Acid Primer is a substance for special tasks. You should reach for it when you work with problematic nail plate on which manicure tends to lift and chip. This can happen when the client has a problem with hormones or hyperhidrosis. Changing the primer for Acid Primer should resolve the problem. It is a stronger substance that etches a nail plate and adheres it to the base or acrylic. If the cuticle area is tender then Acid Primer can create a burning sensation.

How to use Primer?

  1. Prepare the nail plate as always
  2. Degrease it with Cleaner
  3. Drain off the brush and apply Primer on natural nail plate avoiding putting on cuticle area.

Acid Free Primer - put a thin coat just like nail polish. Wait 40-60 seconds for it to dry. This Primer does not evaporate completely, it leaves a sticky residue on the nail.

Acid Primer - put 1-2 small dots on the nail. It should spread by its own on the plate. Wait for it to evaporate completely.

4. Apply a gel polish base or acrylic.


  • Choose Primer based on a type of nail plate, not on a type of design. There is a belief that with an acrylic method you should use Acid Primer. It's not true because on normal nail plate the acrylic should hold on as well with Acid Free Primer.
  • If you are filling up outgrown gel or acrylic design you need to put Primer only on a natural plate.
  • Remember to close the cap on a bottle because Primer will evaporate and lose its properties.
  • If you are pregnant and worry about using the Acid Primer we advise contacting your doctor.
Primer - what is it for and how to use it?Primer - what is it for and how to use it?


/ 2017-07-12 godz. 17:18 pisze:

Czy zbyt duża warstwa primera bezkwasowego może spowodować dochodzenie od płytki bazy keratynowej?

/ 2017-07-27 godz. 22:15 pisze:

Dlaczego primer stosujemy tylko na naturalną płytkę?

/ 2017-08-03 godz. 17:39 pisze:

M. - tak, jak najbardziej może się tak zdarzyć. Primera używamy w niewielkiej ilości.

/ 2017-08-31 godz. 12:58 pisze:

Czy primer trzeba zawsze stosować pod bazę proteinową .Bo zapomniałam i zrobiłam bez

/ 2017-09-05 godz. 13:32 pisze:

Ula, zalecamy stosowanie Primera pod każdą bazę, ale jeśli go zapomniałaś, to i tak stylizacja powinna się utrzymać.

/ 2017-10-06 godz. 22:03 pisze:

Czy acid Free Primera trzeba przemyc cleanerem czy od razu kladziemy baze

/ 2017-10-20 godz. 14:21 pisze:

Monika, absolutnie nie przecieramy Primera.

/ 2017-11-03 godz. 22:47 pisze:

A czy Primer też się utwardza pod UV czy dopiero bazę?

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