There are a lot of regular nail polish colors that you like to use, but they don’t last as long as gel polish on your nails. When you apply regular nail polish with a gel top coat, you wonder if they will last longer.

Can you use regular nail polish with gel top coat?

Definitely. Nail polish can be used with gel top coats. However, before gel polish can be applied, regular nail polish must be completely dry. As the acetone dissolves the regular polish and stains the nails, these combined polishes must be removed by soaking in warm water.

Read on to make sure you get it right the first time.

How do you use regular nail polish with gel top coat?

If you want to use regular nail polish with gel top coat so that the finished nails won’t cause any issues, you need to do two things.

Regular nail polish must be dry completely

Gel top coat can only be applied over regular polish when it has completely dried. When regular nail polish is still wet, meaning its liquid solvents do not evaporate away from the nails, the gel top coat will go over it and prevent these solvents from drying out.

Gel top coats cannot adhere to these solvents since they do not form a solid base. If this happens, the cured gel top coat will slide off the nails or peel off easily.

Regular nail polish will, on the other hand, act as a solid base for the gel top coat. As a result, your gel top coat will last longer on your nails than regular nail polish.

The removal of regular nail polish with a gel top coat has another problem.

Removing gel top coat over regular polish by soaking in warm water

Gel top coats pose a problem when they are removed from regular nail polish.

Acetone dissolves regular nail polishes very quickly. As a result, the nail polish color will mix with the acetone to create a color acetone solution.

If you soak or wrap your fingers for 15 minutes or more to remove your gel top coat, this color acetone could stain your nails, cuticles, and surrounding skin. The darker the regular nail polish, the deeper the stained color will be.

You shouldn’t have any problems applying gel top coat over regular nail polish if you follow these instructions carefully.

How do you put gel top coat over regular polish?

There are two things you can do since regular nail polish must be completely dry before gel top coat can be applied.

Air dry regular nail polish:

It is best to wait at least 3 hours for the regular nail polish to air dry, preferably 24 hours or the next day. Traditional nail polish must dry for a gel top coat to be used safely.

If you don’t want to wait that long, what can you do?

There is a solution for those who are impatient with their nails.

A heater fan must be used.

Force dry regular nail polish:

When you apply the first regular nail polish to your nails, you must force-dry them with heat.

Place your nails in front of the heater so that warm air flows to your nails when the fan is set at low heat and low speed. Make sure you do not put your nails too close to the heater, as the nail polish will bubble up or wrinkle if it gets too hot too fast.

  • Dry the first coat of regular polish for three minutes. After the second coat of nail polish has dried to the touch, you apply the third coat.
  • The second coat of regular polish should be dried for at least 10 minutes.

You can now turn off the heater fan and apply a gel top coat.

Once you’re healed, you’re done.

Friendly tip 1:

You can also use a hairdryer if you do not have a small heater fan.

Use your hairdryer on low heat and low speed, lay it on a folded towel so it doesn’t move, and you’ve got yourself a makeshift heater fan.

Note: As you work with electrical appliances, remove all the water.

Friendly tip 2:

The regular nail polish must be diluted as much as possible with nail polish thinner if it is too thick. Thinner nail polish can also be used.

If you force dry thick nail polish, it will take days to dry.

Gel top coat is flexible after it cures, whereas thick nail polish will become brittle after it dries. This combination is not recommended. Gel polish can peel off or thick nail polish can crack, resulting in an unattractive nail.

Until it is time to remove them, you can enjoy your favorite hybrid nails (regular and gel).

How do you take off gel top coat over regular nail polish?

After curing under an LED nail lamp, gel color polish, gel base coat, and gel top coat all plasticize. By soaking these plasticized nails in acetone, they will soften and detach from the nails. The gel color does not dissolve in acetone, so the acetone used in soaking is always clean.

Gel color polish will not stain nails or fingers.

Nail polishes, on the other hand, dissolve and mix with acetone, producing colored acetone. If you soak your fingers and nails in this acetone, they will stain.

How do you remove this hybrid polish without staining your nails?

My only suggestion is to soak your hybrid nails in warm water.

As with acetone, heat will also chemically soften the gel polish.

The warm water will not dissolve regular nail polish, but will soften the gel top coat.

This is how you remove gel polish by soaking it in warm water. Here’s how to do it.

What you will need:

  • Nail file
  • Large plastic container
  • Plenty of very warm water
  • A cuticle pusher or an orangewood stick

Using a nail file or a nail drill, remove as much of the gel top coat as possible.

Use a large plastic container that can hold about half a gallon of warm water.

You should soak your hands in warm water for 15 minutes, but not so hot that it burns your skin.

Get a seat at a table where you can soak comfortably for 15 minutes or so.

Make sure the water is always very warm. Replace it with very warm water or add more hot water if it gets a little cooler.

After 10 minutes, you can begin peeling the gel polish off. You may need to soak the stubborn gel top coat again. Start on the next nails.


  1. Don’t pull off the gel top coat all at once.
  2. Take it off where it softens and separates.
  3. Keep soaking so you can work on all 10 nails.
  4. Rinse and repeat the peeling process.

Repeat the above steps until all of the gel top coat has been removed.

That’s it. You will learn how to apply regular nail polish with gel top coat and how to remove it. I hope you succeed.

Enjoy your hybrid nails.

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