A reader contacted me yesterday via Twitter to see if I had any tricks for removing pens marks from her nails without ruining her manicure. I’ve had it happen to me from time to time but never thought it was a regular occurrence for others. Since I do my own manicures, I usually just redo the nail at home.
But when you pay to get a manicure in a salon, the last thing you want to do is wreck a nail over a silly pen mark. So I wondered if any of the at-home remedies for removing ink from fabric/carpet would work. The most common are rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover (that’s out!) and hairspray. Hmm, hairspray. That shouldn’t harm lacquer but would it remove the stains? I grabbed a pen and a canister of hairspray and here are the results…
Consider that ink GONE! Now I got a little overzealous with my drawing so I ended up making a couple dents in the polish from the pressure but otherwise, everything was removed and it didn’t harm my glossy top coat in the least.
Do you have any unique nail tricks to share? What are your most common nail stain issues? Are you regularly afflicted by pen stains? If you try this tip at home, let me know your results.