18 Things You Never Knew You Could Fix with Nail Polish
How to make the most of your nail polish, from wedding day dress emergencies to handy ways to fix a chipped tile.
Smooth out slightly splintered wood
Seal a wooden surface with a coat of clear nail polish (for stained wood surfaces, first find a color that matches the wood). The new finish will stop supplies such as wooden hangers from snagging clothes and keep fingers splinter-free. Here’s how to remove a splinter using adhesive tape.
Waterproof your garden labels
Make plant labels waterproof by coating them in clear nail polish. You’ll never have to Google how often to water your herb garden again. This trick also works for waterproofing address labels on packages. Try these expert gardening tips for beginners.
Stop a run in tights in its tracks
Keep a small hole from spreading by dabbing the run with clear nail polish. Try these tricks for solving common wardrobe malfunctions.
Fix peeling pearl buttons
Coat (fake) pearls with clear nail polish to stop them from peeling. Here’s how to clean your own jewelry at home.
Stop a cracked windshield from getting worse
Stop a small windshield crack in its tracks with clear polish. Working in the shade, paint the crack on both sides of the glass. Move the car into the sun to allow it to dry. You’ll eventually need to repair the windshield, but in the meantime, use polish to buy time and shop around for the best estimate. Try these tricks to clean your car.
Treat an unraveling shoelace
Dip an unraveling shoelace in clear nail polish. Twist it back into shape and allow it to dry.
Seal an envelope
Seal an envelope with a brush of nail polish. For a fun letter, such as a party invitation or thank you note, use a bright color.
Hide scuff marks on a shoe or bag
Fill in a scuff with a dab of nail polish that matches the piece. No one will be any the wiser. (Note: If you plan to resell a vintage or designer item, the paint could lower its value.)
Tighten a loose screw
Secure a screw by first painting it with nail polish, which will give it extra stickiness. Paint over the top of the screw to prevent it from developing rust.
Prevent chipped car paint from rusting
A small indent or piece of chipped paint could develop rust once the spot is exposed to the elements. Seal yours off with a coat of clear nail polish.
Reattach a loose rhinestone
The ultimate wedding must-have? A bottle of clear nail polish. In addition to fixing any manicure fiascos, the polish can also be used to reattach a loose rhinestone or crystal.