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Illustrated Directions for Application of Everbrite or ProtectaClear

For NEW Copper, Brass, Stainless Steel, Aluminum or Other Plated Metals. Also use these instructions for metals with patina you do not want to remove.

Read and follow complete directions in the Technical Specifications and the M.S.D.S. Everbrite and ProtectaClear are solvent based coatings. Use proper protection, good ventilation, eye protection, and gloves.

If the metal you want to protect is new or you do not want to remove the patina, there is no need to polish the metal, there just are 2 Basic Steps. 1. Solvent Wipe to remove mill oil, fingerprints, etc. 2. Apply Coating. Watch a video to see just how easy it is.

If the metal is tarnished or needs polishing, click here for Polishing & Cleaning Instructions.


The key to proper application is getting the surface completely clean and to remove any mill oil, fingerprints or other contaminants.


Since the metal you want to protect is new or you like the look of the patina, there shouldn't be a need to clean or polish it. Any contaminants need to be removed by wiping the copper or brass with solvent and clean cloths. We recommend using xylene or denatured alcohol (available at paint stores or hardware stores) to remove the residue to make sure that the metal is completely clean right before coating. (Do not use isopropyl alcohol unless it is 99% pure).

Wipe the metal with solvent to remove residue.

Make sure that the metal is completely dry. Even copper and brass can retain moisture, it is helpful to heat the metal with a heat gun or even a hair dryer to make sure that all moisture is evaporated. Let the metal cool so it is warm and not hot before applying the coating.

Click here for preparation and application directions for storage doors, siding or metal buildings.

STEP 3 - Application of EVERBRITE™ or ProtectaClear® Coatings

Everbrite Coatings are high quality, very forgiving products that is easy to work with. Everbrite Coatings can be reapplied or touched up without stripping. If you make a mistake, it is easy to fix it - simply remove the coating from the area with solvent, let it dry and reapply.

Materials needed:

Everbrite Protective Coating or ProtectaClear Coating. Click here for Comparison Charts.

An Applicator. You can use a clear-coat applicator, microfiber rollers or natural bristled brushes or ShurLine Paint Applicators. The coating can be sprayed on with HVLP or airless sprayers with fine finish tips.

Application pan. A metal paint pan or the throwaway aluminum cake pans work well. Use metal or glass (not plastic), the solvent in the coating can melt plastic containers.

Nitrile or chemical protective gloves to protect your hands. Eye protection is also recommended.

1. Make sure that there is good ventilation in your work area.

2. Pour enough Everbrite or ProtectaClear into clean, dry container to be able to completely wet your applicator. DO NOT DILUTE THE COATING WITH ANYTHING ELSE.

Dip the applicator completely into the coating to avoid streaking Gently squeeze out excess coating.

3. Dip the applicator completely into the Coating in the application pan. This will avoid streaks caused by parts of the applicator being wet and parts being dry. Gently squeeze out the excess. Applicator should not be dripping. Apply the Coating to small area, make sure the coating does not fish-eye or bead up and flows out evenly. If the coating beads up or has fish-eye, the surface is not clean. Stop and clean the surface with clean solvent and clean cloth again.

If applying on vertical surface, keep an eye out for drips or sags. If you get drips or runs on the surface, simply wipe them out with your applicator.

**If the surface looks streaky, your applicator is probably not wet enough or unevenly wet. This allows the dry and wet parts of the applicator to apply the Coating with different thicknesses. The solution is to dip the applicator completely in the Coating and gently squeeze out the excess so it is not dripping. Re-dip when needed.

4. Apply in smooth, even strokes. There is no need to press hard. The applicator should glide smoothly, when it starts sticking, dip applicator in the Coating again and gently squeeze out the excess. All you need is a thin, even coat. Most surfaces will benefit from 2 coats. Once you apply Everbrite or ProtectaClear Coating, leave it alone so it can self level.

Wipe Everbrite or ProtectaClear on the metal.

5. Any missed areas or thin areas can be rewiped after 1st coat is dry to touch. ON RAW STEEL, 3 TO 4 COATS ARE NECESSARY TO PREVENT RUST and CORROSION.

Cleaned and Protected Copper and Brass.

That's it. NO rubbing, NO buffing, Let dry and enjoy the beautiful, new looking, easy to maintain surface. Dirt, dust will not penetrate into the new finish and will be much easier to keep clean.

Note: Everbrite Coatings will dry to the touch in 15-60 minutes (depending on temperature and which Coating is applied). The coated surface cleans up fast with just mild soap and water. If scratched, simply clean area and touch up - Everbrite Coatings will blend to themselves..

What Do I need to Restore Unpainted Metal?

Everbrite Coating

Everbrite will stop tarnish on copper
Choose various sizes of Everbrite to protect most coppers including roofs, gutters, lights and more.

ProtectaClear Coating

Choose various sizes of ProtectaClear to protect copper that gets a lot of use like sinks, counters, jewelry and more.

Not Sure?

Which Coating do I need? Easy to follow Chart will help you decide.

What Do I need to Restore and Protect Non-painted metal?

Everbrite Coating Only Choose Everbrite for architectural metals. Copper Roofs, gutters, yard art, gates, etc. that are new or already look the way you want them to look.

Everbrite Coating will seal and protect copper, brass and other metal from tarnish and oxidation.

Choose from various sizes of Everbrite Coating.

Everbrite Kits with Cleaners.

Choose Everbrite Kits with Cleaners if you need to clean the surface first before protecting it.

Choose various sizes of ProtectaClear.

Choose various sizes of ProtectaClear to protect metals that get a lot of use like sinks, jewelry, countertops, stainless steel or mirror polished metals.

Choose various sizes of ProtectaClear.

ProtectaClear Kits with Cleaners or Polish if you need to clean the surface first before protecting it.

Questions? We are happy to help.