eFile Drill Bits, The Basics

Drill bits, eFile bits, eFile drill bits, electric file bits, whatever you call your eFile bits they are an essential part of your daily work as a nail tech.

Knowing how and when to use your drill bits is so important and we know it can be a minefield when looking online at all of the different options.

That’s why we created the LP Drill Bit Guide, a handy 60 page booklet that covers all of the LP drill bits, their recommended speeds and how they should be used. 

It is important to invest in your drill bits, as you would your manicure tools. Buying from named brands, often means you are buying better quality. Drill bits purchased from everyday online retailers are usually cheaper as are made from poor quality materials, and are cheaper for a reason!

eFile training and being qualified is also a must! It ensures that you are using your eFile and drill bits safely and correctly.
An eFile can be a powerful tool and one that will help you speed up your service, and ultimately earn you more money. But getting the right training is essential. 

We don’t believe that eFile can be taught online, as it is impossible for your educator to see the pressure and angles that you are working at.
We offer eFile training in 13 locations across the UK. Where we take you through and let you try all of the LP drill bits on the day, helping you to find the right drill bits that work for you and your service.

So let's talk drill bits

There are four main materials that drill bits are made from:

- Diamond Dust

- Carbide

- Ceramic 

- Sanding Bands

Diamond Dust Drill Bits are mainly used for prepping the natural nail ready for product application. Made from diamond particles of various sizes depending on the grade of abrasion i.e. the grit, from extra fine through to coarse.

Carbide Drill Bits are made from carbide metal which is twenty times stronger than steel. Carbide drill bits are long lasting, and have flute-like cuts that shave through product easily and effectively.

When working with Carbide drill bits, little to no pressure is needed, to ensure that heat isn’t generated for your client. Carbide bits should never be used on the natural nail.

Ceramic Drill Bits have the same flute-like cuts as Carbide drill bits and the same durability enabling you to work over product. Your clients will often feel less heat due to the cooling nature of the ceramic material.
Some ceramic drill bits can be used on the natural nail too, like our top selling drill bit The LP Ceramic and The LP Prep & Blend.

Sanding Bands are made from similar material to normal nail files and are fitted to a mandrel.

Available in different abrasive qualities, sanding bands are disposable and a new one should be used for every client.

Drill bits, especially sanding bands create a lot of dust, so we recommend using The LP Dust Extractor when working with an eFile and drill bits.

Know when to replace your drill bits: 

Diamond Dust Drill bits will lose their grit over time. If you are using blunt diamond drill bits to prep the nail, this will affect your product retention, and your client will experience lifting.

When working with Carbide drill bits it should take 1-2 strokes to penetrate the product. If it starts to take more and you find yourself applying more pressure it's time for new drill bits.

A busy nail tech should find that they are replacing their drill bits every 3-4 months.

Want to know more about the LP Drill Bits - Check out the LP Drill Bit Guide.

Want to use all of the LP Drill bits and learn new tips and tricks, sign up for one of our LP eFile courses here.

If you do have any questions about our drill bits please get in touch.