Split Fingernail Repair?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by claudel, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. claudel

    claudel Supporting Member


    So, I split the nail on my right index finger by using it like a pick...

    Is there something I can coat it with to keep it from splitting more until it grows out?

    Med grade superglue?


    Gorilla Glue #4?


  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    Ow Ow Owie Ow! Superglue!!
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  3. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    I don't know what the solution is, but I'm pretty sure about the cause: Stop using your fingernail as if it were a pick. If you want to get a pick sound, use a pick!
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  4. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Superglue. Could also put some pingpong ball on there to keep it good.
    Gaffa tape works too in a pinch.
    Get some horse hoof cream too, it'll strengthen the nail.
    Buy some picks.
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  5. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    Superglue is good for a fast fix, but clear nail enamel removed and reapplied every four to six days till the break grows outis what you'll be looking at.
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  6. johndb

    johndb Bass is the Place! Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    My thumbnail does this about twice a year. I use superglue and some fibreglass fibers across the crack (perpendicular). I leave it on until the crack grows out, filing it down every two days while waiting.
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  7. What about just clipping down a fake nail and gluing it on there? I also like the ping pong ball idea. I knew a guy who made his own long fingernails out of them for fingerpicking on guitar.
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  8. That happens to me occasionally, usually in the winter time. Try to keep your nails hydrated. Some folks put lotion or oil on their nails at night, and then wear gloves.
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  9. Mister Boh

    Mister Boh

    Oct 23, 2016
    Annapolis, MD
    Ouch! Does it hurt?

    I've picked up severed fingers and this bothers me more than that did
  10. claudel

    claudel Supporting Member

    Not yet!

    Trying to head off the "it hurts" stage...

    Thanks for all the suggestions.

    I have a box full of picks.

    Finger has better tone...

    Tone is in the fingers!
  11. Yes, tone is in the fingers...not fingernails :woot:

    I would stop picking with fingernail and use a pick or pluck with fingers. Hope it heals and gets better soon.
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  12. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    "...unless it wants the hose again."
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