2) Soak them off
File the top coat barrier, soak a cotton pad with acetone and wrap foil/clip around finger, follow by pushing off remaining gel. This is the most common practice in nail salons. What you do not know is Acetone dissolves the gel polish because it works as a paint stripper. This solvent significantly dries out the nail, causing dehydration. Scrapping/sloughing off the remaining gel polish causes extensive harm to the nail plate-leading to brittleness, splitting, peeling and breakage.