Sign Enamel Brilliant


Interior or exterior, marine quality, oil based, ultra high-gloss enamel. Surfaces: Wood, plaster, wallboard, plastic and all metals.

Applications: Windows, doors, floors, trim, railing, cabinets, wainscoting, furniture, machinery, exterior architectural facades, shutters, garden furniture, gazebos, trellises, wooden and wrought iron, fences, floors, exterior decks and porches, and boats – Sign Enamel Brilliant may be used to create dramatic impact when applied to walls and ceilings.

Colors: Sign Enamel Brilliant is available in white, 10,000 FPE colors and an unlimited number of custom tinted colors.

Also available in satin finish.

Sign Enamel may only be sold into the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Utah, and some regions of California.

This product cannot be shipped into the following California counties due to state VOC regulations: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura.

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Sign Enamel Brilliant is a high performance, marine quality enamel, unequalled in its ability to provide maximum protection and depth of color. Sign Enamel Brilliant Gloss Enamel possesses a mirror-like luminescence which may be used subtly or dramatically to create focus, space and light. The densely pigmented formulation of Sign Enamel Brilliant provides superior coverage and hiding power. High concentrations of costly, color-fast pigments result in colors that resist fading. Sign Enamel White is resistant to yellowing. However, even the highest quality white oil finishes will yellow in the constant absence of ultraviolet light; i.e., inside of a closet or in a room with little direct sunshine. (See EUROLUX for non-yellowing, gloss white). Sign Enamel Brilliant’s unique self-leveling and filling properties result in a finish that dries to a beautiful, durable, porcelain-like surface whether applied by brush or spray. Although all paints perform best when applied over a FPE Oil Primer/Undercoat, Sign Enamel Brilliant does not require primer when applied over clean, previously painted oil finishes in good condition. Surfaces previously painted with waterborne paint should be lightly sanded and primed with FPE Oil Primer/Undercoat before receiving a Sign Enamel finish.

Fine Paints of Europe sells paint systems. We do not sell individual products for use with primers from other manufacturers. Please make certain that you are using the correct Fine Paints of Europe primer specified for your coating. Coverage rates with Fine Paints of Europe are dramatically better than with domestic coatings when used with one of our “high build- high tooth” primers. Never apply a Fine Paints of Europe paint to a surface which has been primed with a sealer such as Shellac, Bin™ or Kilz™. These are fine products when used for their intended purpose but they do not provide adequate friction for great adhesion with our coatings.

Surfaces to be painted should be dry, free of dust, chalk, grease, rust and all foreign material which would affect adhesion. Dust and Chalk must be removed by scrubbing with mild, powdered detergent and warm water and rinsed with fresh water. NEVER prepare surfaces by washing with a petroleum-based liquid soap, which can affect adhesion. Grease and wax should be removed with lacquer thinner. Surfaces such as kitchen cabinets or furniture that may have been waxed with a silicon-based product, or stained, varnished or oiled should be treated with a deglossing agent such as Wil-Bond before priming with FPE Oil Primer/Undercoat. When mildew is encountered, it must be removed thoroughly by washing with a mild bleach and TSP solution. It is imperative that all bleach residue be removed by rinsing with water. When painting metal surfaces, all corrosion and rust must be removed; prime with the appropriate FPE metal primer. When painting wooden surfaces, knots must be sealed with shellac to prevent bleeding before priming. Glossy surfaces must be dulled by a light hand sanding or a dulling agent (liquid sandpaper).

One of the few disadvantages of working with great brilliant enamels like Sign Enamel and ECO is that pigments in both of these coatings are extremely finely ground, very much like automobile paints and therefore these paints tend to reveal airborne contamination (the type of dust particles that float in the air of even the cleanest homes) to a much greater degree than coarsely ground, lower quality coatings. Interesting to discover a marketing advantage offered by low quality coatings which is not yet being extolled by the big boxes!

When painting furniture or cabinet components we recommend that the work be done in a garage or basement with a “wet floor”. The floor should be wet down with mop and bucket at least 24 hours prior to application of paint and kept wet throughout the process in order to serve as a magnet to airborne dust. Where it is not possible to move work to areas suitable for wet floor treatment, many of our best professional contractors utilize inexpensive “kiddie pools” in which they place a half inch of water at least a day or two before beginning paint application. The use of a fan during this air-cleansing period is recommended as it is the circulation of air over water which effectively cleanses the air. The fan and heat/air conditioning system should be shut off immediately before beginning application of coatings and kept off for two hours after completion of paint application in order to prevent air movement before the paint sets up. (Exhaust fans required when working with solventborne coatings should not be shut off.)

Tools: Use a first quality, clean, natural bristle brush. We recommend the following brushes for this finish: Omega Small Flats (S57’s), or Omega Round Sash (S203’s). NEVER use a roller to apply this finish to high profile areas as a slight stipple will be evident. New, unpainted surfaces and those previously painted with waterborne finishes: After surface preparation, apply one coat appropriate FPE Primer/Undercoat, use FPE or ECO Primer for wood, Primer AC for ferrous metal, Key Primer for non-ferrous metals and plastics. Primer coat should be sanded with 220 grit paper and tacked clean before receiving two thin, even coats of Sign Enamel Brilliant. Allow each coat to dry overnight. For added durability, apply two primer coats before painting or a third finish coat. On surfaces previously painted with oil-based paint: Surfaces painted with an oil finish, which are sound and do not need significant preparation, may be painted without priming. Apply Sign Enamel Brilliant following a light sanding and thorough cleaning to remove dust and foreign material. Painted surfaces that do require heavy sanding or scraping should be cleaned and then treated with FPE Oil Primer/Undercoat. Then apply two thin coats of Sign Enamel Brilliant. Sign Enamel should be stirred well before use and applied in thin, even coats. Under normal environmental conditions this product requires no thinning. Clean up with FPE Mineral Spirits. Do not apply on exterior work when the temperature is below 40˚F or above 90˚F, or if rain threatens. Work area should always be well ventilated.

Please note: Fine Paints of Europe recognizes spray application as an excellent method to apply our coatings, however we do not consult on the specifications nor the equipment needed to do so.

IMPORTANT NOTE For optimal results:
Sanding between coats of Sign Enamel is not required for adhesion. However, when applying Sign Enamel Brilliant to high profile areas subject to close eye contact, we recommend a light sanding with a fine grade of sandpaper (220 or higher grit) between coats. This step should be followed by a thorough vacuuming or wiping down with a clean rag or tack cloth. Care should be taken to allow adequate drying time between coats and before sanding. The durability of this finish on floors can be enhanced substantially by allowing the finish to cure for at least one week before receiving heavy traffic. Sanding is for appearance and is not required for adhesion.

For a spectacular, mirror-like finish on walls and woodwork, use FPE Brushing Putty or Swedish Putty before applying Sign Enamel. These unique products (refer to Directory) produce a luxurious, durable, glass-like finish when used to prepare a surface prior to the application of Sign Enamel Brilliant.

Easy to clean. Wash (scrub if necessary) with a mild, powdered detergent and warm water, rinse and dry (buff) thoroughly to prevent water spots.

2.5L container covers 420 square feet

Keep in cool dry area – unopened cans should retain product integrity for minimum of 10 years.


  • Binder: Alkyd resins
  • Pigments: Titanium Dioxide, mineral and organic color pigments.
  • Solvent: Mineral Spirits
  • Clean up: FPE Mineral Spirits
  • Specific gravity [g/cm3]: 1.15 white (varies according to color)
  • Solids contents (white):
    • by weight: 70%
    • by volume: 55%
  • Viscosity: 90 – 95 KU
  • Specular gloss: (85˚): appr. 98 GU
  • Recommended film thickness:
    • wet: 60 microns/coat
    • dry: 30 microns/coat
  • Drying time: 4 to 6 hours dust free, 16 hours recoatable
  • VOC: 340 g/l