Science Project Details:

Nail polish durability

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Difficulty: Advanced 7
Cost ($): 30
Time required: < 1 week
1 hour to prepare, 3 days for the science project experiment
Availability of materials: Readily available
Easily found at a department store
Required Skills:
You need to know how to apply nail polish
Safety concerns:

Do not let the nail polish get into your eyes or mouth.

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This science fair project was conducted to compare the durability of different types of nail polish. The tests were done on ordinary nail polish, long-lasting nail polish (most salon quality nail polishes are long lasting - avoid the quick dry types), and Teflon-infused nail polish.


Teflon-infused nail polish lasts the longest before any chipping or fading appears.

Scientific Terms

Natural body oil, nail polish remover, base coat, top coat


Fingernail care

One of the problems with keeping long beautiful fingernails is that they tend to chip. The chipping of fingernails is normally caused by accidents such as cuts, knocks or scratches. The oils secreted from our bodies also help cause our fingernails to become soft and prone to chipping/tears

To "protect" our nails from natural body oils, our nails need to be kept clean by regular washing and by regularly applying nail polish. This helps to keep our fingernails free from these oils. However, it is a necessity for us to wash our hands properly after applying nail polish remover, as leaving the remover on our nails might also damage them.