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Useful Stuff--Finger Nail Polish Bottles

My (much) better half is an inveterate Nail Polish buyer and can't seem to resist trying new bottles of the stuff, the majority of which end up piling up in her lavatory drawer until she runs out of room and discards them so she can begin another collection. The other day another batch ended up in the trash and it occurred to me that I could put several to good use.

We have basically four kinds of finishes on the boat, Cetol Natural Teak, Cetol Gloss, and Helmsman Spar Varnish in both gloss and semi-gloss, all of which occasionally suffer dings and scratches that need minor repairs. Accordingly, I liberated five of her discarded bottles, cleaned them and the little brushes attached to the caps with brush cleaner and filled them with a small amount of each of the finishes and one with brush cleaner, perhaps an ounce of so per bottle, labeled each and added them to the tool box we keep aboard the boat which already contains some bits of 320 grit sand-paper. With these, and the small brushes in the bottles, I can easily touch-up minor damages that would otherwise languish until I dragged out the various cans of materials needed and went through a repair routine. I thought others might be interested.

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My (much) better half is an inveterate Nail Polish buyer and can't seem to resist trying new bottles of the stuff, the majority of which end up piling up in her lavatory drawer until she runs out of room and discards them so she can begin another collection. The other day another batch ended up in the trash and it occurred to me that I could put several to good use.

We have basically four kinds of finishes on the boat, Cetol Natural Teak, Cetol Gloss, and Helmsman Spar Varnish in both gloss and semi-gloss, all of which occasionally suffer dings and scratches that need minor repairs. Accordingly, I liberated five of her discarded bottles, cleaned them and the little brushes attached to the caps with brush cleaner and filled them with a small amount of each of the finishes and one with brush cleaner, perhaps an ounce of so per bottle, labeled each and added them to the tool box we keep aboard the boat which already contains some bits of 320 grit sand-paper. With these, and the small brushes in the bottles, I can easily touch-up minor damages that would otherwise languish until I dragged out the various cans of materials needed and went through a repair routine. I thought others might be interested.

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Great idea! Thanks for sharing. But i can see a potential problem for you: what happens if the Mrs. sees one of your bottles laying around and applies to her nails? I dont think that will come off with fingernail polish remover. Sand paper might do the trick or an angle grinder. The implications of suggesting it to the wife might be hazardous to your health though.

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Re: Useful Stuff--Finger Nail Polish Bottles

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Great idea! Thanks for sharing. But i can see a potential problem for you: what happens if the Mrs. sees one of your bottles laying around and applies to her nails? I dont think that will come off with fingernail polish remover. Sand paper might do the trick or an angle grinder. The implications of suggesting it to the wife might be hazardous to your health though.

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Thanks for the note Brian but (A) I don't leave stuff lying around when I've done with it as does my wife and/or daughter and (B) the colors would be too bland for her, although she did actually try to use some of my Helmsman Spar Varnish Gloss to repair a damaged nail while we were staying at St. Charles YC a year of two ago. Frankly, it didn't look that bad, or at least, much different from some of the other stuff she's used and it would have been a lot less costly! It did come off with Nail Polish Remover which really is nothing more than acetone with some glycerin added.

FWIW, an old fashioned Ink Eraser will often prepare a small scratch or ding in wood-work well enough for a touch-up job.

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Re: Useful Stuff--Finger Nail Polish Bottles

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Re: Useful Stuff--Finger Nail Polish Bottles

As a follow up to my earlier post, I overlooked mentioning that after I filled the nail polish bottles with the various finish materials, I wiped down the threads well and then applied a thin coating of Petroleum Jelly to the threads. This keeps the inevitable little drips from the bottle neck from locking up the caps when the bottles are re-closed. (The same trick can be used on the protruding lips on the undersides of paint and varnish cans without adversely effecting the contents.)

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Re: Useful Stuff--Finger Nail Polish Bottles

The OP was worth a like but the Petroleum Jelly trick is a real beauty.
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