CrystaLac Extreme Protection Polyurethane is an Interior Use, non-yellowing, environmentally safe top coat that is super hard, super clear and super easy to use. It is scratch, chemical, and water resistant. Not for use on exterior surfaces.
Sizes: 8 Oz., Pint, Quart, Gallon, 5 Gallon (Custom Order)
Sheen: Gloss, Semi-gloss, Satin, Matte
- Scratch, chemical, and water resistant.
- Self- levels, has low odor, low V.O.C. and cleans up with water.
- Added UV stabilizers keep dyes & stains brilliant, help protect from fading.
- Use anywhere extra protection is needed.
- Dries crystal clear even over white finishes.
- Excellent for use as a chalk paint sealer.
CrystaLac Extreme Protection Polyurethane can be applied by either brushing or spraying (gravity feed or HVLP sprayer).
Prior to top coating, it is recommended to use CrystaLac Amber Toned Sanding Sealer on bare wood to enrich the warm natural colors in the wood and minimize grain raising.
It is not necessary to sand between each top coat. All CrystaLac top coats will bond to the prior coat. CrystaLac top coats can be used over thoroughly dried oil or water-based stains, shellac, lacquer, polyurethane or acrylic.
If re-coating over an old finish, scuff sand first and remove any surface contaminants such as dirt, waxes or polishes.
Usually 3 to 5 coats are sufficient to produce a beautiful, protective finish. Use more if desired.
Coverage is approximately 400 to 500 sq. ft. per gallon.
Dry time is usually 30 min to 1 hour. Allow 2 to 4 hours before re-coating.
- Do not use stearated sandpaper or tack cloths.
- Do not freeze.
- Do not apply below 60 degrees.
- Do not thin or clean with lacquer solvents or mineral spirits.
- Use soap and water for clean-up.
Warranty: Test to your satisfaction on scrap material before using. The manufacturer, The CrystaLac Company, will only replace defective product. Under no circumstances will the manufacturer or distributors be responsible for the cost of application labor, refinishing expenses, or any costs more than the purchase price of the container.
Caution: Keep out of reach of children! Do not ingest. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Do not breathe vapors. Use with adequate ventilation. When spraying or sanding, use an OSHA approved mask. V.O.C. is less than 1.4 Lbs. per gallon.
Disposal: Consult your local sanitation department. Do not dump on the ground.
Purchase as part of the Crystalac Tumbler Kit .
SDS and Technical Data Guides
About Crystalac and Becker Labs:
Derek Becker went to paint school in San Francisco, CA where he learned how to formulate all kinds of coatings. He worked as Head Chemist and Formulator for several companies before Crystalac was born.
The family owned and operated business all started in a barn in Candler, Florida. The barn is where all the magical formulations began. Not only did Derek make paint, he made all the mixing equipment and machinery to make his batches with.
He had a successful business going, supplying paint and finishes to several local companies, when decided in 1989 to move to Mountain City, Tennessee and opened up their family business called Becker Labs. That is where the manufacturing plant for CrystaLac products was built and is still operating.
The company is now run by Dorinda, the youngest daughter of Derek who has been working along side her father for the past 18 years and now carries on the family brand.
CrystaLac Top Coats are made with the highest quality ingredients and everything is Environmentally Safe! Making all Eco Friendly products that are easy to use and extremely durable plus great customer service, has always been top priority for the company.
CrystaLac Waterborne Finishing Products are premium grade acrylic and polyurethane resins using the latest waterborne technology. These finishes can be used in place of nitrocellulose lacquer, polyurethane, or varnishes and can be applied to wood, metal, or ceramic products. They dry rapidly to form a crystal clear, hard, durable finish. CrystaLac finishes are designed to be used right from the can and are perfect for use with high volume low pressure (HVLP) equipment or can also be easily brushed.
Shipping and Returns
We ship all Epoxy Free Lifestyle products via USPS, UPS and other major carriers as applicable. Normal processing time is 1 - 3 days but can be longer during sales, holidays, etc.
Some of our products may ship directly from the manufacturer via similar shipping methods.
We ship orders in the order of receipt and make every effort to ship next business day after an order is received. There may always be conditions that do not allow that as in manufacturer delays in fulfilling our product needs, out of office times and volume of orders received for example.
If you purchase, Priority Mail or other expedited shipping, the shipping time stated is from the associated carrier and only applies to their shipping service levels. It does not apply to the time that it takes to process the order internally, pack it and time for the carrier to pick up the package. We have NO control on the service performance of any shipping provider once it leave us.
We make every effort to get your product purchase to you as quickly as is possible but make no guarantees as to the service levels given by any carrier.
Cancellations before the product is shipped or produced is acceptable. We will give you a full refund if the order is cancelled. The order can not be cancelled if the product has already shipped out. To cancel an order, please reach us at [email protected]
Returns: (if applicable)
We accept returns on products. Consumers have the right to apply for a return within 14 days of the receipt.
To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused, sealed and in the same condition that you received it.To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase.
A restocking fee of 20% of the retail value of the product may be applied at our discretion.
Customers will be responsible for the cost of shipping and are required to insure the package for the full value of product being returned.
Special note for 5 Gallon variations:
All 5 gallon orders of any product are considered custom orders and are not eligible for return or refund. Please be certain of your purchase prior to placing it for these products.
Refunds (if applicable)
Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund. If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit of the product cost minus any shipping costs and/or credit card fees, will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days.
Late or Missing Refunds: (if applicable)
If you haven't received a refund yet, first contact your credit card company or method of payment. It may take some time before your refund is officially posted from Shopify and other payment processors.
See here the most frequently asked questions we get regarding CrystaLac products.
1. Who is The CrystaLac Company?
The CrystaLac Company is a family owned business based in the United States. Originated by Derek Becker, a chemist and formulator for several companies prior to CrytaLac being born. It's history dates back over 40 years as he created paints and even mixing equipment and machinery to make his paints and coatings. The company is now owned / operated by Dorinda Shepard along with her familiy. She has been working with her father for over 18 years prior to taking over the family brand.
2. What are CrystaLac products?
CrystaLac Waterborne Finishing Products are premium grade acrylic and polyurethane resins using the latest waterborne technology. These finishes can be used in place of nitrocellulose lacquer, polyurethane, or varnishes and can be applied to wood, metal, or ceramic products. All CrystaLac products are environmentall safe and eco-friendly.
3. How can I apply CrystaLac?
CrystaLac finishes are designed to be used right from the can and are perfect for use with high volume low pressure (HVLP) equipment or can also be easily brushed. In some applications you can even apply with a cloth or bare hand.
4. Are CrystaLac products food safe?
According to the company - The FDA does not regulate coatings and paints. CrystaLac products do meet and exceed all EPA and paint care regulations. All of our products are 1% or less grams per liter of product. For example, California regulations are nothing over 100 grams Volatile Organic Compounds "VOCs" per liter of product.
5. Are CrystaLac products safe for use on children's furniture and toys?
Yes, all products are safe to use in these applications. Obviously, the liquid product should be kept out of reach of children and not ingested by them or adults.
6. Are CrystaLac products safe to use indoors?
All products manufactured by the company are non-toxic, non-hazardous and completely safe for use indoors.
7. Is the use of PPE required?
(PPE) Personal Protection Equipment is not required to work with CrystaLac products when applying by hand or brush. Use and OSHA approved mask when spraying or when sanding to prevent inhaling any of the atomized spray or particles from sanding.
8. Has anyone had an allergic reaction to one of the products?
No allergic reactions have been reported in over 40 years of consumer use.
9. How long does it take CrystaLac top coats to dry?
Typically, a top coat will be dry to the touch in 30 minutes to an hour. Allow 2 - 4 hours of drying time between coats, possibly longer if in extremely humid environments. Definitely let each coat dry at least 4 hours on tumblers and crafts.
10. What is the full cure time of CrystaLac top coats?
Full cure is 30 days. You can gently use the project prior to that, but they will continue to harden over a 30-day period.
11. Are top coats heat resistant?
All CrystaLac top coats are tested by applying 4 coats to a ceramic tile and allowing to fully cure. When cured we place them in a 350-degree oven for an hour with no damage.
12. How do I clean up after application?
Wet CrystaLac products clean up with soap and water.
13. Should I dry or wet sand?
Dry sanding is recommended. Wet sanding of water based top coats before they are fully cured may cause the top coats to get soft.
14. Can I use CrystaLac top coats over an oil based stain?
Yes but be sure the oil stain has had plenty of time to dry and gas off. As a rule, if you can still smell it, it's not dry. If in doubt, air it out.
15. Can I use water to thin the top coats?
Most of the CrystaLac top coats can be brushed on and are ready to spray without thinning directly from the container. If it is necessary, water can be used but it will take a lot of it and as a result will weaken the chemisty of the product. The CrystaLac Viscosity Reducer & Retarder is the recommended way to thin and it will do so very quickly.
16. Which CrystaLac product is recommended to use over chalk paint?
The short answer is that it depends on the environment and application. The longer answer is Super Premium All Purpose Top Coat will work perfect for most projects. It is a Poly/Acrylic waterbased top coat that dries hard and gives great water resistance. If your project will get a lot of wear such as a tabletop, or is exposed to indoor sunlight, Extreme Protection Polyurethane is the answer. It is a non -yellowing polyurethane that is super tough and has added UV stabilizers to protect from those fading sun rays. For exterior project, CrabCoat Marine Finish is ideal and is the ONLY product recommended for exterior application.
17. Can I use CrystaLac over epoxy?
This is basically the same answer as for oil stain. Epoxy must be fully cured, at least 30 days prior to using the water based top coats over it. Check the SDS for the epoxy brand you used for full cure time. Sand it and then you can apply Brite Tone or other top coats. It is just chemistry of oil and water not playing well together.
18. Can I use alcohol inks with CrystaLac?
Yes! Traditional alcohol inks can be used to decorate but they are solvent based and cannot be added directly to Brite Tone or other CrystaLac products. You will need to apply to a dry surface, allow 24 hours of drying time then seal the inks with a solvent based sealer. Allow all solvent based products to fully "gas off' prior to applying any water based products.
Make your own inks with Craftnique Color Boutique and Brite Tone. Simply do a half and half mixture of Brite Tone and water. Add a few drops of pigment to get the desired strength color. These are vivid colors that will not fade or bleed.
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