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Most Permalac formulations are available in different finishes, and in a wide variety of sizes. 55 gallon drums of Permalac are made-to-order and must be ordered via phone or email. To place an order for a 55G drum or a size not offered on our online store (if applicable), please contact us.

Permalac Original Formula

Permalac, unlike most other clear coatings, can be applied to most surfaces directly without the use of a primer. That is why we call it a Direct to Substrate (DTS) coating. You can apply Permalac to most metal, wood, or stone surfaces whether the surfaces are bare or painted on. On bare surfaces, Permalac behaves as both a sealer (in case you decide to paint over it), or as a top coat protecting it from UV, salt air, and other environmental corrosives. On metals, Permalac is also flexible. This means that Permalac stays with the metal and does not separate when the metal is bent. This is an important property for automotive and sheet metal applications. Permalac is a fast dry lacquer, formulated to provide tough, durable outdoor protection on any metal substrate. Permalac’s state-of-the-art UV and corrosion inhibitors, as well as wide-ranging temperature stabilizers, assures endurance in harshest conditions ranging from arctic freezing, to desert heat, to beachfront salt air to acid rain. Permalac also provides absolute protection for circuit breakers and other electrical components from molds and mildew. They simply won’t form on any surface that’s been coated with Permalac. As a result short-circuiting and other disruptive difficulties can be avoided.

In comparison testing on steel surfaces, Permalac outperformed all well-known exterior lacquers. A brass fitting protected by PERMALAC subjected to a blowtorch for 10 seconds will not discolor. Once Permalac protection has been applied, users can count on six to ten years of service or more before re-coating is required.

Permalac can be sprayed or brushed on. It air dries to the touch in less than 5 minutes and dries hard to a virtually indestructible finish in less than an hour. When retreatment is indicated, Permalac can be easily and completely removed by wiping the surface down with acetone. Permalac is available in either matte or satin finishes, in a variety of different sizes.

Coverage is 400 square feet per gallon.

Permalac EF, NT, and SR Formulas (Low/Ultra-Low VOC/Scratch-Resistant)

Permalac EF: Like the Original formula, Permalac EF is also a DTS coating. Permalac EF has only 170 grams of VOC/liter which is less than the 250 g/l mandated by California law. In laboratory and field testing, Permalac EF performs just as well as standard Permalac, without the strong odor! Permalac EF complies with most government regulations for interior use lacquer products. This makes it the ideal treatment for inside window and door frames and the decorative metal in commercial building lobbies and elevators. Permalac EF is available in either matte or satin finishes.

Coverage is 400 square feet per gallon.

Permalac NT: With under 70 g/l, Permalac NT is the next level of low VOC performance. This coating exhibits excellent durability combined with low order. Permalac NT provides excellent performance on steel, aluminum, brass, and bronze. Permalac NT is suitable for indoor and outdoor application and will pass LEED certification specs.

Permalac SR: Permalac SR is a one-part, clear, scratch-resistant top coat. This product meets California VOC guidelines. The SR should be applied over a minimum of 2 coats of either Permalac NT or Permalac Original. This product is available in satin or matte finishes.

Permalac 1K & 2K Formulas (Heavy-Duty Clearcoats)

Permalac 1K: Permalac 1K is a clear solvent-borne, acrylic lacquer for metals designed for heavier duty usage than our Permalac Original, EF, and NT. This lacquer has been formulated to be California VOC-compliant and is resistant to propanol/propanol-based cleaners. This coating is suitable for direct to metal finishing in interior or exterior locations.

Coverage is 375 square feet per gallon.

Permalac 2K: NEW & IMPROVED FORMULA COMING SOON…

Permalac Thinners

Permalac Thinners are specially formulated for use with Permalac products (clearcoats and tinted). They are recommended for use when spraying Permalac through spray guns. They can also be used for preparation of the substrate, prior to applying Permalac, and cleanup after the product has been applied.

Permalac Blackener (Transparent-Tinted)

Permalac Blackener is our Permalac Lacquer with a transparent black tint added. This allows you to seal and blacken your metal in one step, no patina chemicals required. Use it to easily and quickly create a blackened steel or anodized look. One quart will cover approximately 100 square feet with a single coat.

Permalac Colors (Opaque & Transparent Varieties)

Permalac Colors consists of highly-tinted Permalac products. Permalac Original Black, Original Copper, and NT Copper offer total opacity for full substrate cover with a single coating. On the other hand, Permalac NT Bronze, Brass, Rose Gold, and Christmas Gold offer beautiful transparent finishes, lightly coating your substrate to allow for the underlining texture, whether on wood, metal, or stone, to still be revealed.

Available in Original and Low-VOC Formulations.

The finish created with Permalac Colors cannot be achieved with conventional paints. If you are looking for premium finishes without the “plasticky” look, Permalac is your best choice!

Coverage is 400 square feet per gallon.

Permalac Tints (For Custom Tinting)

Permalac, Permalac EF, Permalac NT, and Permalac 2K can also be tinted with our line of translucent tints. These tints come in seven colors: gold, copper, yellow, red, black, violet, and blue. These tints are color-fast and will not fade and can be mixed to make a custom patina.

Permalac Tints are available in small and large volumes. Dilute and use according to need.

Permalac Matting Compounds (To Subdue Sheen)

Peacock Matting Compounds are substances used to dull down the sheen of pre-formulated lacquers. These compounds are compatible with all Permalac products. Compounds available in powder and paste forms.

“The product was infallible. Permalac not only acts as a fungicide that resists mold, it positively repels it. Mold simply can’t and won’t grow on it.”

Aside from protecting the carefully finished metal surface, Permalac has the advantage of being invisible. Unlike other lacquers it doesn’t give architectural coatings a plastic coated appearance and sheen.

“Permalac is extremely easy to use, cures in about 2 hours, and can be sprayed vertically or horizontally without drip formation. Permalac just melts into itself, but even if a texture did develop, we just spray a little more Permalac and we obtain that smooth-as-glass finish our customers require.”

  • #281 Thinner is a regular speed lacquer thinner. Thin Permalac up to 50% with #281 to prevent webbing and humidity blush, and to promote flow. For use when ambient temperatures are between 50 and 75°F.  
  • The Permalac Strip Thinner consists of a blend of solvents designed to dissolve and remove cured Permalac Original, Permalac EF, Permalac NT, and Permalac 1K from metal surfaces without marring the substrate. This material is composed of VOC-exempt solvents.

       
  • #69 Thinner is a medium speed lacquer thinner. Thin Permalac up to 30% with #69 to prevent webbing and humidity blush, and to promote flow. For use when ambient temperatures are between 68-88°F.  
  • #500 Retarder can be added to the Permalac Original, Permalac EF, or Permalac NT. It should be used to extend flow time and prevent solvent blush when working in high temperatures or high relative dew points.
  • Permalac Original is a water clear, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. Permalac is highly resistant to environmental breakdown caused by UV, acid rain, and salt. It also has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patinated and polished metals, hard woods, and masonry or stone products. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, zinc, and painted wood substrates. It is our best-selling Permalac product and is extremely user-friendly! We cannot ship Permalac Original products to California. Please order Permalac EF or Permalac NT instead. 
  • Permalac Original is a water clear, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. Permalac is highly resistant to environmental breakdown caused by UV, acid rain, and salt. It also has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patinated and polished metals, hard woods, and masonry or stone products. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, zinc, and painted wood substrates. It is our best-selling Permalac product and is extremely user-friendly! We cannot ship Permalac Original products to California. Please order Permalac EF or Permalac NT instead. 
  • The Permalac NT Low Odor Thinner is a medium speed lacquer thinner formulated with VOC-exempt solvents. It is best used with Permalac NT and is more VOC compliant than the #770 thinner. Thin the Permalac NT up to 50% with #770 to prevent webbing and humidity blush, and to promote flow. For use when ambient temperatures are between 55 and 88°F.
     
  • Permalac NT is a water clear, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. Permalac NT has been engineered for easy application and easy removal. It has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patinated and polished metals, hard woods, and masonry. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, zinc, and painted wood substrates. It is an ultra-low VOC formula and has LEEDv4 and CDPH certifications.
  • Permalac NT is a water clear, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. Permalac NT has been engineered for easy application and easy removal. It has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patinated and polished metals, hard woods, and masonry. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, zinc, and painted wood substrates. It is an ultra-low VOC formula and has LEEDv4 and CDPH certifications.
  • Permalac NT is a water clear, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. Permalac NT has been engineered for easy application and easy removal. It has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patinated and polished metals, hard woods, and masonry. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, zinc, and painted wood substrates. It is an ultra-low VOC formula and has LEEDv4 and CDPH certifications.
  • #770 Thinner is a medium speed lacquer thinner formulated with VOC-exempt solvents. Thin the Permalac EF or Permalac NT up to 50% with #770 to prevent webbing and humidity blush, and to promote flow. For use when ambient temperatures are between 55 and 88°F.
  • Peacock Blue Tint

    $44.00$399.00
    Permalac Original, Permalac EF, Permalac NT, and Permalac 2K can also be tinted with our line of translucent tints. These tints come in 7 colors: gold, copper, yellow, red, black, violet, and blue. These tints are colorfast, will not fade, and can be mixed to make a custom patina. Tints can be mixed between 1:15 (tint to lacquer) and 1:30 ratios to yield the best results.
  • Peacock Black Tint

    $44.00$726.00
    Permalac Original, Permalac EF, Permalac NT, and Permalac 2K can also be tinted with our line of translucent tints. These tints come in 7 colors: gold, copper, yellow, red, black, violet, and blue. These tints are colorfast, will not fade, and can be mixed to make a custom patina. Tints can be mixed between 1:15 (tint to lacquer) and 1:30 ratios to yield the best results.
    • Obtaining a transparent “blackener” effect: To mimic a blackened steel effect, add about 5% of Peacock Black Tint v/v to the Permalac. This approximates to 6.4 fluid ounces of tint for every 128 fluid ounces of Permalac OR 1 mL of black tint for very 19 mL of Permalac.
  • Peacock Red Tint

    $44.00$399.00
    Permalac Original, Permalac EF, Permalac NT, and Permalac 2K can also be tinted with our line of translucent tints. These tints come in 7 colors: gold, copper, yellow, red, black, violet, and blue. These tints are colorfast, will not fade, and can be mixed to make a custom patina. Tints can be mixed between 1:15 (tint to lacquer) and 1:30 ratios to yield the best results.
  • Peacock Yellow Tint

    $44.00$399.00
    Permalac Original, Permalac EF, Permalac NT, and Permalac 2K can also be tinted with our line of translucent tints. These tints come in 7 colors: gold, copper, yellow, red, black, violet, and blue. These tints are colorfast, will not fade, and can be mixed to make a custom patina. Tints can be mixed between 1:15 (tint to lacquer) and 1:30 ratios to yield the best results.
  • Peacock Gold Tint

    $44.00$399.00
    Permalac Original, Permalac EF, Permalac NT, and Permalac 2K can also be tinted with our line of translucent tints. These tints come in 7 colors: gold, copper, yellow, red, black, violet, and blue. These tints are colorfast, will not fade, and can be mixed to make a custom patina. Tints can be mixed between 1:15 (tint to lacquer) and 1:30 ratios to yield the best results.
  • Permalac Original, Permalac EF, Permalac NT, and Permalac 2K can also be tinted with our line of translucent tints. These tints come in 7 colors: gold, copper, yellow, red, black, violet, and blue. These tints are colorfast, will not fade, and can be mixed to make a custom patina. Tints can be mixed between 1:15 (tint to lacquer) and 1:30 ratios to yield the best results. When used with PChrome, and to counteract the natural yellowing of top-coating silver, add 1 ml of Peacock Violet Compensating Tint for every 30 ml of the topcoat or 2K.
  • Peacock Copper Tint

    $44.00$399.00
    Permalac Original, Permalac EF, Permalac NT, and Permalac 2K can also be tinted with our line of translucent tints. These tints come in 7 colors: gold, copper, yellow, red, black, violet, and blue. These tints are colorfast, will not fade, and can be mixed to make a custom patina. Tints can be mixed between 1:15 (tint to lacquer) and 1:30 ratios to yield the best results.
  • Permalac NT Blackener is a transparent black, low VOC, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. Permalac has been engineered for easy application and easy removal. It has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patina and polished metals. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, and zinc.
  • Permalac Thinner #281 is our standard thinner. A thinner can also help stabilize Permalac when applying it over certain porous substrates to ensure penetration. 1-gallon container.

  • Permalac Original is a water clear, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. Permalac is highly resistant to environmental breakdown caused by UV, acid rain, and salt. It also has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patinated and polished metals, hard woods, and masonry or stone products. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, zinc, and painted wood substrates. It is our best-selling Permalac product and is extremely user-friendly! We cannot ship Permalac Original products to California. Please order Permalac EF or Permalac NT instead. 
  • Permalac Original is a water clear, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. Permalac is highly resistant to environmental breakdown caused by UV, acid rain, and salt. It also has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patinated and polished metals, hard woods, and masonry or stone products. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, zinc, and painted wood substrates. It is our best-selling Permalac product and is extremely user-friendly! We cannot ship Permalac Original products to California. Please order Permalac EF or Permalac NT instead. 
  • Permalac Flattening Agent is a special talc that is added to Permalac to obtain a semi-gloss and no-gloss (matte) finish.
  • #281 Thinner is a regular speed lacquer thinner. Thin Permalac up to 50% with #281 to prevent webbing and humidity blush, and to promote flow. For use when ambient temperatures are between 50 and 75°F. This is a specially priced 4-quart bundle.
  • Permalac Original Blackener is a transparent black, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. Permalac has been engineered for easy application and easy removal. It has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patina and polished metals. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, and zinc.
    NOTE: Due to state regulation, Permalac Blackener cannot be shipped to California. California residents should order Permalac NT Blackener.  
  • Permalac Original Blackener is a transparent black, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. Permalac has been engineered for easy application and easy removal. It has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patina and polished metals. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, and zinc.
    NOTE: Due to state regulation, Permalac Original Blackener cannot be shipped to California. California residents should order Permalac NT Blackener.  
  • #69 Thinner is a medium speed lacquer thinner. Thin Permalac up to 30% with #69 to prevent webbing and humidity blush, and to promote flow. For use when ambient temperatures are between 68-88°F.

     
  • The Permalac Strip Thinner consists of a blend of solvents designed to dissolve and remove cured Permalac Original, Permalac EF, Permalac NT, and Permalac 1K from metal surfaces without marring the substrate. This material is composed of VOC-exempt solvents.

     
  • The Permalac NT Low Odor Thinner is a medium speed lacquer thinner formulated with VOC-exempt solvents. It is best used with Permalac NT and is more VOC compliant than the #770 thinner. Thin the Permalac NT up to 50% with #770 to prevent webbing and humidity blush, and to promote flow. For use when ambient temperatures are between 55 and 88°F.
  • Permalac EF is a water clear, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. It is a lower VOC version of the Permalac Original, though it still contains lesser amounts of Toluene and Xylene. Permalac EF is highly resistant to environmental breakdown caused by UV, acid rain, and salt. It has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patinated and polished metals, hard woods, and masonry or stone products. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, zinc, and painted wood substrates.
  • Permalac EF is a water clear, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. It is a lower VOC version of the Permalac Original, though it still contains lesser amounts of Toluene and Xylene. Permalac EF is highly resistant to environmental breakdown caused by UV, acid rain, and salt. It has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patinated and polished metals, hard woods, and masonry or stone products. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, zinc, and painted wood substrates.
  • Permalac NT is a water clear, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. Permalac NT has been engineered for easy application and easy removal. It has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patinated and polished metals, hard woods, and masonry. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, zinc, and painted wood substrates. It is an ultra-low VOC formula and has LEEDv4 and CDPH certifications.
  • Permalac NT is a water clear, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. Permalac NT has been engineered for easy application and easy removal. It has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patinated and polished metals, hard woods, and masonry. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, zinc, and painted wood substrates. It is an ultra-low VOC formula and has LEEDv4 and CDPH certifications.
  • Permalac NT is a water clear, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. Permalac NT has been engineered for easy application and easy removal. It has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patinated and polished metals, hard woods, and masonry. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, zinc, and painted wood substrates. It is an ultra-low VOC formula and has LEEDv4 and CDPH certifications.
  • Permalac NT is a water clear, fast-drying, easy-to-apply acrylic lacquer coating. Permalac NT has been engineered for easy application and easy removal. It has outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates, including patinated and polished metals, hard woods, and masonry. Users report excellent results on copper, brass, bronze, steel, aluminum, zinc, and painted wood substrates. It is an ultra-low VOC formula and has LEEDv4 and CDPH certifications.
  • Permalac 1K is a clear solvent borne acrylic lacquer for metals. It is a one-part product and designed for heavier duty applications, such as bar tops and counter tops, where it remains unaffected even when cleaned with alcohol and other simpler solvents. This lacquer has been formulated to meet California VOC regulations and is compliant. Permalac 1K is resistant to propanol and propanol-based cleaners. This coating is suitable for direct to metal finishing in interior or exterior locations. Coverage is 375 square feet per gallon in a single coat. It is available in quarts, gallons, and five-gallon containers in gloss, satin, matte, and flat sheens. Further information can be accessed in the technical data page.  *DRY 1K PRODUCT CAN ONLY BE REMOVED WITH PERMALAC STRIP THINNER OR MEK (METHYLETHYL KETONE).

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