Nail polish. I own too many colors, too many types; I own some nail polishes I bought in high school. As I buy more, I don’t bother to throw any old ones out. How inefficient, one might say. Who cares about your nail polish issues? one may ask. Just throw that stuff out! another shouts.
Nail polish is known as strictly a woman’s tool to assist in the aesthetics of her physical presentation. Little do most know or fail to recognize the many other uses for nail polish, that it can easily be placed in the toolbox.
So why do I hold on to so much nail polish? Because I never know when I might need it.
1. Clear gloss can be used to protect small surface areas that may run the risk of chipping or peeling. For example, a coat of top coat can protect a sticker from peeling off a surface.
2. Neon nail polishes or shiny pastels work well on vinyl shoes or bags that may have chipped, leaving a white spot. I used a dab of neon orange to fix the look of coral sandals that had lost a spot of color.
3. Browns and burgundies can correct chips on wooden surfaces from picture frames to furniture to camouflage those little nicks and scratches.
5. Touches of clear top coats on rattan furniture can repair the small areas that have lost luster.
6. To differentiate the purposes of different keys or remote control buttons, you can paint each a different color. I recently painted an important key that resembled a few others pink, and it has held up really well!
7. Clear polish with glitter in it can add sparkle to the cover of a birthday card, a pen cap, even a picture frame.
8. To prevent smearing of ink off a nonporous surface, paint top coat over it once the ink has dried.
9. Nail polish can provide a quick fix camouflage for your less expensive jewelry you love that may have lost a bead or gem.
10. For corners of walls, art pieces, interior decor, or light switches that have chipped or been scratched, nail polish can improve the appearance of the injury.
Nail polish comes in such a wide range of colors and is so readily available, I’m surprised more handymen don’t use it. How do you use your nail polish, other than on your nails?
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