Whether it is your brand new LED lamp or you have been using it for a while, it could stops curing gel polish unexpectedly and this can happen to both experienced nail technicians and beginners.
A LED nail lamp does not cure gel polish properly might be caused by one or more of three different reasons:
- Wrong hand placement under the LED Lamp
- Wrong type of gel polish or not enough curing time
- LED lamp might be faulty or stops curing
These possibilities are listed in more details below so you can go through them and identify them through a process of elimination to find out which exactly why your LED light is not curing.
Wrong hand placement under the LED Lamp
- Little finger: cure again under a different spot
- Thumb: cure again under a different spot
- Whole hand: cure again for 45 seconds
Wrong type of gel polish or not enough curing time
- New lamp: might be incompatible with current gel color
- Flickering light: fault lamp
- Old lamp: it might be the end of its life
- Small lamp: inadequate power
- LED lamp: will not cure builder gel or hard gel
- Bulb type UV lamp: will not cure gel color polishes
LED lamp might be faulty or stops curing
- Regular polish: will not cure
- regular topcoat: will not cure
- Thick gel polish: more curing time
- Gel polish not cure: missing gel topcoat
- Gel topcoat sticky: needs alcohol-based cleanser
- gel topcoat dull after curing: need more curing time
- gel topcoat dull after cleaning: possible use of acetone
If gel polish wrinkles or bubbles on one or more fingernails, removing the gel polish on these fingers using finger cots will save you up to 30 extra minutes or so from sitting at a table trying to soak off the gel polish.
Your gel manicure is not shiny might be caused by one of the following reasons:
- The gel topcoat is not properly cured
- Oil residue or dust on the nail
- Wrong kind of cleanser
- Excessive buffing
- Faulty or inadequate UV light source.
- Nails placed on the wrong place under UV lamp