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Nail Polish Solvents

  • Dehydrator
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    Original Price $21.50
    Current Price $17.20

    Nail Dehydrator is brushed directly on the natural nail plate to clean and dehydrate the surface of nails. Apply this after having buffed and shape...

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  • Primer
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    Original Price $21.50
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    A Primer perfect for every and any type of nail enhancement. This Primer is a non-acid based air-drying primer that maximises adhesion between the ...

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  • Primer Refill 120ml - NSI Australia
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    Primer Refill 120ml

    Original Price $172.00
    Current Price $120.00

    Perfect bulk nail Primer to use before every and any type of nail products and enhancements. This Primer is a non-acid based air-drying primer that...

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Maintain a clean finish with the best nail polish solvents

When it’s time to restore your client’s nails to their natural state, or you want to update their finish with a new colour, a gel nail polish solvent is the perfect solution to eliminating old finishes and residue. For high-quality formulations that strip your nails from unwanted polishes, top and base coats without stringent toxins, discover the range at NSI Australia to protect your customer’s nail, cuticle and skin health.

As nail technicians, manicurists and pedicurists, you understand the importance of safely removing previous products. That’s why we have developed a professional line of acetone nail polish solvents and nail cleansers to help quicken the removal process, dissolve old manicures and prep the nail for fresh polish.

Restock your salon with gel nail polish solvents that maximise results in less time

Whether you’re a nail tech looking for the latest releases to reduce the time and exposure to removing old manicures or easy-to-use products you can apply at home. We offer an expansive range of nail polish solvents, nail polish remover and other nail accessories. From nail dehydrators that remove water to maintain a stronger bond and prevent chips to steriliser trays and disinfectant materials to ensure a hygienic workspace — we have everything you need in one place.

Shop the complete collection of gel and nail polish solvents at NSI Australia today

At NSI Australia, we’ve been supplying Australian nail salons with wholesale, professional-grade gel nail polish solvents you can rely on to help you achieve the best results while saving you time and money. If you want to resupply your stock, explore our high-performing range of nail polish, nail art, nail art tools and nail gels. Shop today and take advantage of our free Australia-wide shipping on all orders over $99.


What are nail polish solvents?

Gel and nail polish solvents, also known as nail polish remover, are chemical substances used to dissolve or remove old and unwanted nail finishes from the nails. It’s specifically formulated to break down the ingredients in nail polish, such as resins, pigments and polymers, making it easier to slough away polish.

While acetone is the most commonly used gel nail polish solvent, ethyl acetate and isopropyl alcohol are other alternatives. Additionally, to successfully eliminate old colour and residue, many manicurists first use a nail steam remover to help lift the colour and base.  

Can alcohol be used as a solvent for nail polish?

Alcohols, like isopropyl alcohol, can remove your nail polish and residue; however, it is less effective than alternatives and may require you to rub it excessively into your nail and leave it on longer to break down the polymer bonds.

What is nail polish solvent made of?

Acetone in nail polish remover is primarily made from propylene, a gas that helps give the solvent its pungent odour and why it self-dries and evaporates with exposure to air. On the other hand, ethyl acetate is an ether of ethanol and acetic acid described as having a sweet, pear-like smell.

Can you use nail polish remover as a solvent?

Yes — gel and nail polish solvents are incredibly versatile products to use at home and in your salon. Some additional uses of acetone include:

  • Cleaning and sanitising surfaces
  • Dissolving and cleaning away ink, markers and certain types of paint
  • Removing sticky labels and adhesives
  • Sanitising nail tools such as scissors, cuticle pushers, nail clippers and tweezers

How do you use nail polish solvent?

To use a gel nail polish solvent or remover, follow these general steps:

  1. Prepare the area — Work in a well-ventilated space to ensure proper air circulation and protect your work surface with a towel or a disposable mat to prevent any damage from spills or drips.
  2. Use a nail steamer — Place your fingers in the inlets and the steamer will heat and warm your nail polish to weaken the polymer bonds and ensure a clean removal. While this step is optional, it allows you to remove as much polish and residue as possible to minimise touch-ups during the removal process. 
  3. Apply the solvent — Hold a saturated cotton pad firmly against the nail surface for a few seconds to allow the solvent to start breaking down the polish.
  4. Wipe away the polish — Once the polish begins to dissolve, gently press and slide the cotton pad towards the tip of the nail. This motion helps to remove the softened polish from the nail surface. Repeat this process for each nail, using a fresh cotton ball or pad as needed.
  5. Clean up any residue — After removing the majority of the polish, use a clean cotton ball or pad soaked in the solvent to clean up any remaining traces of polish or stubborn areas. Be careful around the cuticles and skin to avoid excessive contact with the solvent.
  6. Wash and moisturise — Once the polish is completely removed, wash your hands with soap and water to remove any residue from the solvent. Pat your hands dry and apply hand cream or cuticle oil to replenish moisture to the nails and cuticles.