The Ping-Pong Ball Fingernail Repair Guide by Samuel Laroche-Pagé


Samuel Laroche-Pagé posted these excellent photos and guides to repairing your nails using the famous ping-pong ball method for classical guitar. He kindly agreed to let me share the photos and text here. Extra bonus is that it’s in French and English. Before I do, however, please check out Samuel’s other great online content:

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All photos and text by Samuel Laroche-Pagé.

Fingernail Ping Pong Method

Pour faire ceci, vous devez au préalable avoir un ongle… Ce renforcement est uniquement possible en collant la balle de Ping-Pong en dessous de l’ongle.. De cette façon vous n’endommager pas votre cuticule.

To know before: You need to have a nail to do this operation. This reinforcement will only work if you have a nail. It make it stronger and prevent any damage to your cuticle.

Étape 1: Couper une pièce de la balle de Ping-Pong avec un ciseau de la forme de votre ongle. Bien tailler la courbe pour qu’elle épouse bien votre ongle.

Step 1: Cut a piece of the Ping-Pong ball the shape of your nail and flesh. Be sure it fit’s perfectly.



Étape 2: Le morceau doit être confortable et être précisément de la forme de votre doigt.

Step 2: The Ping-Pong ball need to fit comfortably and fir precisely your finger.



Étape 3: Limer le morceau affin qu’il soit lisse et sans imperfections.

Step 3: Buff the piece so it will be thiner and smooth under your nail.



Étape 4: Coller le morceau avec de la Crazy Glue ou de la colle à ongle de pharmacie.

Step 4: Glue the piece with Crazy Glue or Nail glue.



Étape 5: Soyez certain que le morceau est collé bien parfaitement. Ajoutez de la colle afin de boucher tout les trous d’air.

Step 5: Be sure the piece is well glued under your nail. And glue in any “air spots”.



Étape 6: ATTENDRE 10-15 MINUTES ! Ensuite, couper le surplus avec un coupe-ongle.

Step 6: WAIT 10-15 MINUTES ! Next, cut the rest with a nail cutter.



Étape 7: Limer le surplus restant avec une lime à ongle. Assurez-vous que la surface est lisse et que la “shape” soit à votre gout.

Step 7: Buff the rest off the Ping-Pong pieces. Do the shape that you need.






La balle de ping-pong va rester en place une semaine environ. Vous pouvez ajouter de la colle dans les coins de temps en temps.

The piece will stay in place for a week or so. You can add some glue on the corners sometimes.

Thank You Samuel!

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