Using the coarse side of the nail file, lightly buff the surface of the gel nail to remove the shine. Soak cotton in the remover. Place the cotton on the top of the nail and wrap with aluminum foil to keep in place. Check every 5 minutes. When the gel starts to soften, use the orangewood stick to slide the soft layer of product off the nail. Repeat until all product is removed, adding more acetone to the cotton if needed. Soak time is usually 10 - 15 minutes.