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Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane Gloss Finish Paint
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Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane

Perfection is the ultimate performing, 2-part polyurethane gloss finish. It provides the longest lasting, ultra high-gloss finish that has superb color retention, together with excellent chemical, impact & abrasion resistance.

Interlux formulated this paint specifically to let amateur users achieve professional quality results with ease on boat topsides, superstructure & decks.

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Perfection Paint Highlights:

  • Ultra high-gloss finish with exceptional color & gloss retention
  • Longest lasting results - contains a unique package of HALS/UV* absorbers together with a chemically cured polyurethane resin system which protect against premature ageing
  • Exceptional durability - gives prolonged impact & abrasion protection even on the highest wear areas
  • Resistance to a wide range of chemicals including fuels, mild acids & detergents
  • *HALS - Hindered-amine light stabilizers

 

See links on the left for pdf versions of Interlux Perfection Product Application Bulletin No. 410 and Perfection Professional Application Manual.


NOTE: Due to differences in monitors the colors shown on this page may not represent actual paint color.

Request a free copy of the "Interlux Boat Painting Guide and Color Card". This booklet will guide you through the full Interlux marine paint range and provide you with product application instructions.

Stage  Product  Fiberglass  Aluminum  Wood  Steel 
Clean  Fiberglass Solvent Wash 202 or Special Thinner 216  202  216  216  216 
Surface Primer  Viny-Lux Primewash 353/354  NO  1 coat (thinned)  NO  1 coat (thinned) 
Primer / Undercoater  Epoxy Primekote 404/414  1 coat  1 coat  1 coat  1 coat 
Filler (if needed)  Interfill Epoxy Filler or Watertite  YES  YES  YES  YES 
Primer / Undercoater  Epoxy Primekote 404/414  1 coat  1 coat  1 coat  1 coat 
Top Coat  Perfection 2-part  2 coats  2 coats  2 coats  2 coats 
Thinner - Spray  Spray Reducer 2316N  YES  YES  YES  YES 
Thinner - Brush  Brushing Reducer 2333N  YES  YES  YES  YES 
Accelerator - 2-Part Polyurethanes  Accelerator YQA100  YES  YES  YES  YES 
Non Skid Additive  Polymeric Noskid Compound 2398c  YES  YES  YES  YES 
BRAND: Interlux
Number Of Parts: Two Part
Type: Topside Paint
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Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane
 
4.3

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (25)
  • Easy to clean (11)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Easy to apply (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large areas (18)
    • Small areas (14)
    • Detailed work (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid do-it-yourselfer (26), Casual do-it-yourselfer (8), Professional (4), Do-it-yourself (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Durability/Shine beyond all expectations

    When I set out to build a cedar strip sea kayak I did my research before beginning. 2 Years of research no less! I knew I would most likely only get one chance in...Read complete review

    When I set out to build a cedar strip sea kayak I did my research before beginning. 2 Years of research no less! I knew I would most likely only get one chance in my life to build a handcrafted kayak and I wanted to do it right. I ended up picking a beautiful 18-foot kayak design from a major kayak designer. As soon as I had my strong back built I began the 7-month long building process.

    My kayak was built using reclaimed western red and northern white cedar with beautiful, highly figured walnut and ebony accents. On top of that the entire kayak was built without using a single staple. The entire hull inside and out was covered with 6oz S-Glass and a top of the line epoxy. Once epoxed, the fiberglass cloth disappears and the beauty of the wood shines through. This is one beautiful kayak that turns heads wherever I take her.

    After all that time and effort I didn’t want to trust just any varnish, I wanted the best thing available to protect my kayak from scratches and UV damage. Again, I had done my research and the “rave” reviews always pointed me in the direction of the Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane. Although more expensive then some other UV protective coatings I felt the benefits outweighed the extra cost. The Interlux Perfection was a little more difficult to apply then some varnishes but oh my what a beautiful shine. All traditional varnishes have an amber hue and yellow even more over time but the Interlux Poly goes on clear as glass and has stayed crystal clear after 3 hard seasons on the water. In addition its UV protection abilities are the best in the industry. There has been no denigration of the highly light sensitive epoxy at all.

    I had read that the Interlux Perfection Poly was also much harder and more durable then traditional varnish. Again, after 3 seasons the Interlux has proven to be everything it was touted to be. The bottom of my kayak has only slight surface scratches, none of which has penetrated through the super tough poly coat to the sensitive epoxy below. Some friends of mine in my kayak club have handcrafted wood kayaks that were coated using a high quality traditional varnish such as Captains. They all have had to re-varnish their kayaks at the end of every season.

    In conclusion, was the extra cost and initial effort of application worth it? I would give a resounding YES to that question without hesitation. In time, you end up saving both money and effort by not having to recoat your kayak every year (or any kind of wooden boat for that matter). Add to that the unparalled UV protection and crystal clear mirror finish and you’d have to be crazy to use anything less. Note: I used the clear but they also make the Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane in a full range of colors.

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    Is Shine worth the effort?

    I describe myself as an Avid Do it Yourselfer, I built a 21' Pacific Dory in 2008 from Glen L and ran into the dilemma of what product I was going to use on...Read complete review

    I describe myself as an Avid Do it Yourselfer, I built a 21' Pacific Dory in 2008 from Glen L and ran into the dilemma of what product I was going to use on the hull. I had used Brightside Polyurethane for years when I was in the Coast Guard and I figured I would give the Perfection a shot. I thought I did enough research on the 2 part product, spraying applications with isocynates and prep work, also watching the application video on[...]. I purchased about a gallon of the epoxy primer and 6 quarts of the Flag blue Perfection. The primer was a breeze and sanded well. The Perfection was hard to adjust the viscocity, just right and because it was thinned and had a two hour open time. it lost it's viscocity as i apllied it. I decided to roll and tip off the bottom, a horizontal surface and brush out the sides of the boat. The bottom came out like glass and leveled easily in a horizontal surface. The sides however, showed brush marks. The bad news, if you notice a brush mark a foot away it too late, it cannot be smoothed out. More bad news, this paint cannot be touched up and feathered it has to have the entire area reworked or painted. The touch up will stand out like a sore thumb. The drying time for recoat on the can stated 8-10 hours and sanding in 16 hours. Interlux recommends sanding between coats, my first thin coat took almost 20 hours to dry. It wasn't even dry enough to recoat in 10 hours. Polyurethane paints will emulsify the previous coat if not completely dry and if you are brushing it on will make the brush marks deeper. Don't touch it, your finger print will have to be sanded out. So at the end of my project, I have a hull that I cannot touch up, ding a dock or rusty nail on a log, solution paint the whole boat.$$$$. If I decide to paint the boat again, I will sand down the Perfection to the primer on the sides and reprime and paint with Brightsides. My boat is trailered and even though it doesn't sit in salt water, I wouldn't recommend painting the bottom with a topside paint unless you could touch it up. All this news is good for the Festool company, 8 boxes of sandpaper is about $200 and it will probably take 4 to get this stuff off the boat to repaint.

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    5.0

    Amazing Finish

    By Franco

    from Cumming, GA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Even Paint Distribution
    • Professional finish

    Cons

    • Temp Humidity Sensitive

    Best Uses

      Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

      I used it to paint the boot stripe on my sailboat. It's a bit overkill for the stripe but I wanted super smooth and "once and done". It took 5 coats to completely cover a the older darker stripe. I sanded with 400 grit between coats and cleaned between coats with with a window cleaner wash-off followed by a quick thinner wipe. I tried rolling and tipping but got best results by simply brushing diagonal strokes followed by a 2-3 stroke tip making sure you keep a wet edge. I used inexpensive Zibra synthetic brushes and I thinned about 12 %. Cooler morning temps and no direct sunlight are critical for a smooth finish. The result is phenomenal, many onlookers thought it was a curiously shiny vinyl stripe..

       
      3.0

      Conditions must be perfect...

      By GARYD

      from FOREST HILL, MD

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer
      Midshipman

      Pros

      • Even Paint Distribution

      Cons

      • Retains Moisture

      Best Uses

      • Large Areas
      • Small Areas

      Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

      Environmental conditions must be perfect to obtaingood results. This includes low humidity, moderate temparature and a spotlessly clean surface. Next, after sanding the entire surface lightly with 250 grit sand paper or a sanding block, the next step is to completely wash the surface with a mild solution of dish detergent and warm water, then rinse thoroughly with fresh water, either using a hose or a power washer system.

      Allow ample time for the surface to dry, then wipe the entire surface with denatured alcohol. Next using a tack rag, lightly wipe any and all dust particles from the entire surface.

      I would suggest allowing the paint to reach a temperature of at least 70 degrees before applying. This may help stem hazing effects that could result from significant temperature differences between the surface to be painted and the paint temperature itself.

      Mix both parts thoroughly, and if possible, mix them using an electric shaker. They have these at most paint and hardware stores, Home Depot, Lowes, etc... If this is not availble, use a stiring stick and stir for at least three to five minutes each before mixing.

      This product dries fairly fast, which means you must work quickly. If possible have a friend help in this process.

      After masking the area to be painted, and using a slick, foam roller for slick surface painting, apply the mixed paint to the surface. Have your painting partner lightly pop any bubbles that may appear in the surface by lightly tipping the bubbles with a high-quality, boar's hair brush. This insures a perfectly smooth surface.

      Allow the first coat 48 to 72 hours to dry before applying addtional coat(s). In order to obtain good coverage, a second coat WILL have to be applied. I would suggest lightly sanding the first coat with 400 to 600 grit wet/dry sand paper to improve adhesion. Then follow the above instructions beginning with the denatured alcohol wipe and tack rag to apply that second, and final coat.

      When I applied my first coat, it was about 4 p.m. before I finished, which unfortunately, resulted in the finish going flat because of falling nighttime temperatures and higher humidity. This can be avoided by painting from 10 a.m. till no later than 1 p.m., thereby allow the paint's finish to partyly cure enough to retain the gloss finish.

      I sincerely hope this helps anyone who purchases the product.

       
      4.0

      I'd buy again

      By Pat

      from Annapolis, MD

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Great Look

      Cons

      • Prep Needs To Be Perfect

      Best Uses

      • Small Areas

      Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

      I repainted a hull stripe on my J-24 recently. The instructions are quite good but tell 95% of the story. The underlying surface needs to be perfect; if not you will see every imperfection. You may need to thin more than the recommended 10% (depending upon air & surface temp) to get a finish w/o noticeable brushstrokes. Practice makes perfect, as they say!

       
      3.0

      Interlux perfection Flag Blue

      By Tim

      from Stratford CT

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer
      Ensign

      Pros

      • Even Paint Distribution

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

          I used this product to restore an older Aquasport center console that was beat up and lost all hope of compounding out. The color was flag blue which is a very dark blue. I used the interlux primer which did a great job after the proper prep and sanding to the fiberglass. The paint went on well but you need to experiment with the thinner to get the proper consistency. The flag blue color required multiple coats to cover the white primer. The paint will not properly cover in one or two coats and you need to take that into consideration when ordering and considering coverage area and application. I rolled and tipped the paint with a fine bristle brush and question if i should have sprayed. The overall experience was positive but you do learn as you go.

           
          5.0

          hard paint

          By Bernie

          from Boston, Ma.

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Pros

          • Easy To Clean
          • Even Paint Distribution
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Areas
            • Small Areas

            Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

            Sanded and primed two coats, coverage very good.
            re-finish a year later and the finish comes alive.
            Ten years, yes ten, and the finish on my lobster boat still has a wet look and hard durable finish.

             
            4.0

            Nice leveling!

            By Paul in Boston

            from Boston,MA

            About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

                  I used Perfection on the topside of my Catalina 22 over 2 coats of Epoxy Primecoat. A small foam roller with 10% thinner worked out well at 80F and still air. A fine haired brush, very lightly dragged on the fresh paint broke any bubbles from the roller. The key is not to apply so much that it runs so you have to learn as you go. I read a tip that said to put the tip-off brush in a cup with 1/4 inch of brushing thinner and this turned out DISASTEROUS, leaving big streaks that I will have to sand out and re-coat. Other than that, the self-leveling is impressive. My tip: Watch what is happening on your job and be ready to adjust the technique.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  factory finish

                  By oceanic64

                  from Pa.

                  About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Verified Reviewer

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                    Cons

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                        Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

                        When thinned properly this lays down perfectly.
                        I use 2316 fast evaporating thinner on small stuff and 2333n on large projects to keep it blending well.

                         
                        5.0

                        great

                        By bilgeslime

                        from salem ma.

                        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Even Paint Distribution

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Large Areas

                          Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

                          great paint on glass and aluminum

                           
                          5.0

                          Better than expected, great product

                          By RSL

                          from Phoenixville pa

                          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Even Paint Distribution

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Detailed Work
                            • Large Areas
                            • Small Areas

                            Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

                            Painted my boat with it, looks great

                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Awesome!

                            By Andrew Scott

                            from Destin Florida

                            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Proffesional Finish

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Detailed Work
                              • Large Areas
                              • Small Areas

                              Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

                              I have always used a gun. Ive painted cars and boats and all things in between but circumstances have forced me to paint the topside deck of my boat without my hvlp gun because of overspray and the boats around my sailboat. I did some testing with this paint. I rolled and tipped, rolled only, and used just a quality badger hair brush. Useing the recommended thinner for brushing at 10% did NOT give me good results at 75degrees. The finish wasnt very smooth and there were brush marks. I ended up at 30% thinner and WOW!! It slicks out on its own like magic. On flat surfaces i was able to just use the roller without tipping(the smalled yellow foam roller) rolling in one direction and then rolling perpendicular. I painted some tricky spots with just a quality brush and all the lines just melt away. The trick to the paint is practice on something small so you can figure out you technique, like how much paint to apply and so on. The most important part of ALL paints is the use of thinner. You have to get this right. The paint must stay wet long enough to level out before it skinns over and to keep a wet edge when working on large areas. With a little practice, patience, and good weather the average person should be able to achieve an excellent finish that you cannot tell whether it was sprayed or not.

                              Good Luck with your project, and go paint that chalked out eyesoar!

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