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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
 
4.2

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (29)
  • Easy to clean (13)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Easy to apply (3)
  • Ergonomic grip (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Large areas (20)
  • Small areas (17)
  • Detailed work (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (29), Casual do-it-yourselfer (8), Professional (8), 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Conditions must be perfect...

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...Read complete review

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.

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5.0

absolutley

By Islander

from bar harbor me.

About Me Professional

Pros

  • Easy To Clean
  • Ergonomic Grip
  • Even Paint Distribution

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Areas
    • Small Areas

    Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

    we used this paint on the transom of a dmr head boat....all fiberglass,fairly rough finish. we were not so concerned about a yacht finish as looking nice and clean.we sanded the transom very thoroughly,put 2 coats of epoxy primer,sanded lightly in between.first coat a little thin for a good base,then top coated.,i've used a lot of different paints. so far this paint holds up very well,it is scrubbed almost everyday,between fish guts and detroit diesel exhaust,i am impressed.with a little more care and prep ,this would have had a yacht finish and we did not paint in the best possible weather.next spring we will paint the rest of the hull with this paint.

     
    5.0

    Excellent spray characteristics.

    By Mike

    from Maryland

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

    Follow Interlux directions to the letter. Provide dust-free environment because it doesn't dry
    real quick. I used a 1.4 tip HVLP gun with gravity cup at about 45 lbs pressure. It lays down
    really nice and flows out beautifully. If you're not real experienced at spray painting, practice
    first. Excellent end result, but use the the 2316N reducer made especially for spraying and
    use as little as possible, if it's too thick to spray you can add a little more. Use protective gear, coveralls, self-contained air and facemask if available. If not, outdoors with good mask.

     
    4.0

    Great finish if done correctly

    By Mohner

    from Las Vegas

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

    You need to sand and sand and sand. If you do it will come out great. If not, the high gloss will show everything

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Topside painting

    By Sailin12

    from Charleston SC

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Even Paint Distribution

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Large Areas
      • Small Areas

      Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

      Great protection on a 25 Hunter. Should've done this a few years ago. Very happy with a two part paint. Really need a assistant with the roll and tip method. Better balance of spread and few missed spots.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best for the ease and the cost

      By Jerry reliable

      from Pine island, Florida

      About Me Professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Clean
      • Even Paint Distribution

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

          This product is often useable with one coat application, no primer. Over gel coat, no problem. Occasionally, it might blush, but this occurs when humidity arrives, so plan for six hours of good weather. I have applied it in rainy conditions, in an open garage, without problems. A change in humidity from dry to wet during curing, after application, may cause problems, I generally paint with a Fooler throwaway brush, 2,5 inch width. Work the brush before use, to loose stray bristles, and be prepared to remove a few more. Add 2333 thinner if needed in the middle of a big job. It is possible to do large sections by spotting your paint, then back brushing. Feathering on a 45 degree angle on the finish stroke should do the trick. I have coated a fiberglass catamaran in yellow, with no primer, just 320 sanding, four years ago, one coat. It is still perfect. I have painted a 34 Gulfstream RV with gray, three years ago, under cover, in humid conditions. People do not believe it is brushed. I have coated a 53 Hatteras, in oyster, and numerous towing vessels in red. I experienced some blushing on the Hatteras, in changing humidity. interlude comped paint for this blushing. Don't be afraid to thin this paint to the recommended limit, be careful using a primer, and ride the tip of the brush very lightly on the finish pass. Now, you want to have some fun? Hang your wife's bicycle frame in your open shop on a wet day, grab a 1" Fooler throwaway brush, and lay a beautiful coat of fighting lady yellow on the frame. It'll dry perfect, cause you'll have a lot of brush time in the wet weather, look beautiful, and afterwards you can paint the map of the island of Elbow Cay in the Bahamas, on the frame, with features glued on the frame using sea glass, and paint details. This paint works, and is user friendly. Don't brush it like what you are used to, just pick an object, mix a bit of paint, and get a feel of it. You'll like it. I am 68 years old, and have been brush painting since I started with Chris Craft in Fort Lauderdale in 1969. This is user friendly.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not really prefection

          By Boat project

          from Rhode Island

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Even Paint Distribution

          Cons

          • Induction Problems
          • Slow Drying

          Best Uses

          • Small Areas

          Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

          I used this on the smooth deck area as part of a 27' sailboat rebuild. The Interlux rep recommended Interprotect as the primer and that was my first mistake. The primer was still out gassing four days after sanding when I put on the first coat. You could not smell the out gas but the results were poor with loads of out gas bubbles. Second coat was slightly better but still only a seven out of ten.

          Do NOT use Interprotect under this paint, use the recommended primer.

          Also induction time of 20 min is too short. I did 30 min then another 10 min for the thinner.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not for outdoor application

          By RB

          from Southeast, USA

          About Me Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Will Not Cure Outdoors

            Best Uses

              Comments about Interlux Perfection Two Part Polyurethane:

              This paint takes longer than 24 hours to cure. Looks good going on, next day is a dull, flat finish that holds moisture and absorbs dirt stains. Never use this product outdoors. Should be sold only as an indoor application. Perfection has 410 product bulletins on the dos and don'ts of application. Not worth the price and the fragile, inconsistent nature of results.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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..

                (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Conditions must be perfect...

                By GARYD

                from FOREST HILL, MD

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Buyer

                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.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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!

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