As nearly every Permalac user knows how valuable a product it is at shielding metals from pollution, smog, sunlight, winds, and all that Mother Nature can throw at it. Safe to say, it works on everything it is meant to protect. One look at the blog to see we’ve shared many, many stories of the successful uses of Permalac on monuments, ornate doors, automobiles, chandeliers, even the outsides of buildings. We’ve even showcased one artisan’s hand-made earrings using our product as a protectant. And let’s not overlook a Veteran Marine’s bullet. There isn’t a metal consumer item that Permalac won’t protect when used properly.
We’re more than happy to respond to questions from our customers and interested parties in hopes of getting the answer they so much desire. Here’s an inquiry received most recently from a customer named Doug.
“I make jewelry and need to know if your product would be safe against the skin for prolonged amounts of time if it were to be used to seal a copper ring for instance. Thank you for your help, Doug.”
Well, Doug, great question. Permalac NT happens to comply with the FDA labs’ food-contact regulations. As an addition, we have many artisans of metal sculpture, figurines, AND jewelry that use Permalac NT regularly.
One thing we would like to share with all of our customers that we mentioned to Doug is this. Permalac will provide the needed protection on jewelry, but the cost involved for an occasional use would not make sufficient sense (at least to us). A quart of Permalac NT will cover a lot of jewelry, a whole lot of jewelry. More than likely the product will degrade and ultimately thicken when opened and used repeatedly, as it would take a mountain of jewelry to consume a quart of our product. We don’t feel comfortable recommending the purchasing of a quart of Permalac NT for use on occasional pieces of ornamenture.
Another customer of ours who also happens to be in the hand-made jewelry took the time to write:
“I am writing to tell you that I LOVE the Permalac NT. I had to buy NT because I couldn’t get the original formula in Cali anymore. I use your product to seal my recycled metal art jewelry! I would have to be very careful with the original formula and wear a respirator when using. It was also so strong that it would actually remove some of my metallic colors. This new NT is amazing! Very low odor! Seals beautifully and enhances my creations to the next step of beauty.” Thank you, Laurie T.
Hey, thanks Laurie! We’re elated that you are loving the power of Permalac NT.
Human touch metals that are not silver or gold will sometimes create a chemical reaction with the body once in contact for an amount of time. Obviously, not every human being has higher levels of alkaline and other natural chemicals in their composition, but some are sensitive to metals of certain varieties. Remember your childhood when the dime store ring made your finger turn green?
Permalac NT resolves that issue, however, as stated above might be cost prohibitive. Please don’t think we’re trying to turn away business. We’re looking out for the best interests of our loyal customers, that’s all.
Good news, however. As a result of Doug’s query our in-house lab personnel are seeking a way to make Permalac NT more readily available for very small amounts to be purchased by craftspeople, artisans and jewelers. It might take a while, but rest assured, we’re on the job. As the great Sherlock Holmes would comment, “the game’s afoot.”
Folks, keep those cards and letters coming. It’s great for the team to know they are making an impact in the lives of our customers.
Hi . . . I LOVE Permalac for ALL of the jewelry I make, from the mild steel to sterling silver. I spray it all with Permalac. Silver doesn’t tarnish, steel doesn’t rust, and copper maintains it’s pretty pink. A rattle-can lasts a long time and is well worth the price. Thank you for making it!
Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We are happy to hear you like our product!
For jewelry application, I just bought three 5ml containers oh Permalac NT.
What is the shelf life?
The shelf life is approximately 2 years from the date of manufacture (which would be printed on the label).
Is this a glossy, semi-gloss, or satin finish? I want to retain the polished finish of a copper piece I made.
The Permalac Original and EF come in Satin and Matte. The Permalac NT line comes in satin, semi-gloss, matte, and ultra-flat finishes. For copper, we typically recommend satin or semi-gloss finishes. If you would like to keep a “polished” finish, usually the satin is a good place to start.
Can Permalac NT be wet sanded between coats.
It is not recommended that you wet sand Permalac NT in between coats. If anything, you can use dry sanding methods. Any moisture contact in between coats can allow for potential water spots within the curing incubation period.
Do you have a black Permalac for jewelry, specifically silver?
We do sell Permalac Black and Permalac Blackener. The Black is opaque and Blackener is transparent and buildable. They can be applied on jewelry, although we do recommend applying the Permalac NT line in such cases as it is more hypoallergenic. You can check out our offerings on our e-store under Permalac Blackener and Permalac Colors.
I just used the permalc nt and painted the inside of my rings 3 layers, my rings are yellow bronze rings.
Unfortunately there was green on my skin after a day and a half. Should I put more layers of sealant ?
Thank you for your help!
Hi Eri. Sorry to hear this happened! Most likely, you will need to put another 3-4 coats on. Naturally, when the oils from our skin, combined with sweat and moisture, cause the metal to tarnish prematurely. This tarnish is what you are seeing on your skin. Permalac NT should be applied, maybe 6-8 coats (allowing to dry quickly in between coats) first. Then, ensure the rings dry for at least 72 hours prior to use. This locks and seals the coating in and should not cause any further issues down the line. If you see any issues persist, please do not wait to contact us. We will address the issues immediately.
Thank you for the quick response, I will do more coating and see!
Unfortunately after a week and a half it has turned green again.
I did 8 coats. Cured for 3 days
Hello Erika. Sorry to hear this! We will reach out to you via email to further troubleshoot. Looks like there is some underlying issue which we are unable to address in this manner. We will get to the bottom of this shortly. Please be on the lookout for an email from us.