Zinsser Perma White is a product I use all the time as a Professional Decorator, so I thought it was time I sat down and wrote a quick review.
You can buy Perma White from any trade decorating centre, but unless you’re entitled to a trade discount, then it’s probably cheaper to buy it online. Click here to see online prices.
It comes in 1L, 2.5L, 5L and 10L containers in satin or matt. Some people think you can only buy this paint in white, but it’s available in just about every colour. Zinsser Perma White has been developed for use in bathrooms, kitchens, and other rooms that suffer with condensation or mould.
Most Decorators use Zinsser Perma White as an emulsion; however, the superior adhesion and durability of this paint means you can also use it on woodwork.
Is Zinsser Perma White Any Good?
Right, let’s get into my Zinsser Perma White review. Firstly, the opacity in white is a bit rubbish. So, if you’re going for a colour change and the end result is to be white, then it’s often better to block out the exiting colour with white emulsion before applying Perma White. Either that, or you’ll need to apply additional coats.
There is no such issue if you’re using this paint in a tinted colour. Opacity is spot on in every colour except white. Flow is great too. You’ll find it flies on, particularly on the second coat. The overall finish is also good (particularly in white, which makes up for any additional coat you may need to apply).
So, it performs relatively well as a normal paint. But it isn’t a normal paint, is it. Zinsser Perma White has been developed to cope with the harshest conditions. The true test is how well it stands up.
Well, I painted the shower room of a swimming pool complex with Perma White about 8 years ago. Before I painted it, the room suffered from bad mould and peeling paint. This was caused by the extreme humidity. My client had someone in to paint the room every 12-months or so to keep it looking relatively fresh, but the problem always came back.
I went in, removed all loose paint, primed with Zinsser Bullseye 123, then applied two coats of Perma White to the walls and ceiling. I knew it was a massive test for the paint, but I figured Zinsser Perma White had more of a chance than anything else.
They had the room repainted again a couple of years ago, and that was only because they wanted to change the colours. The Perma White looked mint for years! It still impresses me when I think back! If Zinsser Perma White will cope in that shower room, then a household bathroom or kitchen will be no issue at all.
The only downside of this paint is the opacity in white. Ease-of-use, overall finish, durability, and longevity are all fantastic. It’s a paint I know and trust, and I’d recommend it to anyone. Click here to see online prices.
Best Tools to Apply Zinsser Perma White
I thought I’d include a little section on the best tools to use to apply Zinsser Perma-White. After all, it’s a bit of a strange product in a way. It flies on, but if you apply it too thick you can experience the odd paint run or orange peel.
A medium pile roller is perfect, and ideally you need a roller that will reduce orange peel. The one I’d recommend is Hamilton Perfection Green. It holds plenty of paint, distributes it evenly, and leave a fantastic finish. Click here to see online prices.
As for the brush, I love the ProDec Ice Fusion for material like this. It is an absolute joy to use with Perma-White. You’ll find it easy to manipulate the material, and you’ll create razor-sharp lines. Click here to see latest prices.
Zinsser Perma White Review – by Mike Cupit
What Other Decorators Think
I’ve been using this for the last 2 months on woodwork. It flows really well and the finish is brilliant, but sometimes does need 3 coats.
I love it! I did my bathroom in Zinsser Perma White it about 2 years ago. I’m about to redecorate to be honest, but 2 years in my damp bungalow in deepest darkest Cornwall and it has stood up well. ‘Tis a bit like p*ss mind! It’s very thin, so expect to need extra coats on application.
Brilliant product been using Perma White for years. Not the best coverage but bombproof product.
I’ve used Zinsser Perma White a couple times on bathroom and kitchen ceilings. It was really nice. It needed 2 coats but did 3 to keep the client happy. I’ve never used it on woodwork.
Zinsser Perma White is awesome! The only downside is the opacity in white isn’t the best, however the finish is sublime! It’s like pearls! You can order it tined from Crown Decorating centres so you can use it as a coloured emulsion on walls.
It’s durable enough to use on woodwork and it will last for years, even in the most humid environments. This is one of the best kitchen and bathroom paints on the market and I use it all the time.
I think it’s an excellent product, both in satin and matt finishes.
As a matter of fact, I was back on site where I did a small ensuite ceiling with Zinsser Perma White three years ago and it still looked great. Not a sign of discolouration or mould.
I love it. Especially the satin finish, amazing sheen to it and looks great when solid
I was really impressed. Covered in 2 coats, once dry awesome finish.
Yeah, I agree it’s a bit runny and thin.
Perma White is great stuff!! It has poor opacity, so base it out with something else first, but great stuff none the less. I’ve done loads of problem bathrooms with the satin and not had any call backs.
Happy to give you my zinsser Perma White review.
It’s good gear, excellent finish, a bit thin, but that makes application easy. It doesn’t have very good opacity, so if the ceiling is bad, I use a coat of Supermatt first. I used Perma White on a mouldy bathroom ceiling (after washing down) and it’s still perfect 6 years later, no sign of mould/mildew.
It’s the absolute business for humidity/mould problems in bathrooms 👌my go to paint, and probably the best on the market in that type of environment.
I used it in a bathroom with a jacuzzi, which the guy uses for 2 hrs a day. The walls and ceiling get soaked!
Used it on the ceiling and Got it tinted for the walls, still looks mint 3 years on. I don’t know of any other paint which could have stood up in those conditions.
I think Perma White is a great drop of gear. I use it in all the bathrooms I decorate. Some are in a right old state, but this stuff sorts them out!
A bit runny, but seems to last.
Doesn’t cover well. It’s way too thin!! The overall finish is spot on though