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Definition of Primer

  1. Many primers are made from methacrylic acid (MAP) – considered traditional acid primer, while others are made from other proprietary (secret) chemicals (also acids, but much weaker than MAP). Although primers are caustic to skin, they are not caustic to the nail plate. Primers aid in product retention because one end of the molecular chain is attracted to molecules in the natural nail plate, and the other end is attracted to the monomer molecule. Primers act like double-sided sticky tape.

Added to the Nail Glossary on November 10, 2016

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