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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pin 33–PAM dries nail polish

I am in desperate need of manicure so please don’t judge the up close and personal shots of my cuticles.  And, yes, I bite my nails and pick at my pam dries nail polishcuticles and I know it’s not good and I should stop.  My mother has been after me since I was 5 about it.  Some habits are just too tough to break!  Anyways, I have managed to stop biting for lengths of time and during that time treat myself to a manicure or two.  But, especially for my toes, I can’t always squeeze a mani-pedi into the budget so I do it myself.  This is far less fun but I’ve gotten pretty good at it.  I am severely patience-impaired when it comes to something like nail polish drying.  It’s not just waiting for it to dry enough to basically function it needs to set enough so that you don’t get dents etc.  The worst is doing it in the evening and it doesn’t set enough before bed and you end up with the cross-weave pattern from the sheets on your freshly painted fingers and toes.  Super annoying.  I just don’t have that kind of time now that I’m chasing a toddler!  THIS PIN says that spraying wet nails with PAM cooking spray, of all things, will dry them instantly.  Ridiculous it sounds, but also amazing if it works.

So I painted a finger nail… yes just one.  My nails are in no shape to show off with a bright color right now but I’m dying to know if this works and didn’t want to ruin a whole set of nails if it didn’t…  So once the paint was on – one thick coat – I went over to the sink and sprayed the PAM on.  I took a picture then washed my hands gently with soap and water and patted dry… and guess what???  DRY!  Totally dry, no marks even from the towel.  I tried to mark it up with another nail, but not a scratch or dent.

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Bottom line – ABSOLUTELY DO IT!!

Totally works.  I have no idea why and I don’t even care.  I will definitely be doing this once I stop chomping on my nails for a bit….  I know I know… I’m trying…. Paint away and pick some fun pretty spring colors so I can have pretty hands vicariously through you :)


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  1. I wondered if this would work but thought it was too good to be true! Lol thanks!!!! I'm gonna try it now!

    1. it doesn't make any sense to me but it's definitely a great shortcut to know!

  2. Do you think it would work with any kind or just Pam?

    1. not sure... in theory it should work but who knows... I didn't have any generic on hand to try :( I would try it on just one nail like I did before messing a whole set of nails!! report back and let us know!!

  3. This does not work for me. Maybe because I always use two coats of nail polish. It will only dry the very top and underneath is still wet so I end up with dents if I'm not careful. A fast drying top coat works much better.

  4. I used generic :) worked great!

  5. Just so you know, the Walmart brand (I hate Walmart, by the way) Olive Oil No Stick Cooking Spray worked like a charm, too! Happy Nail painting and drying...

  6. Tried Pam for the grill and it was a no go. :(