Permanon Test: Part 1

A substitute for boat wax?

October 16, 2014
Permanon is a nano coating that applies much easier than traditional waxes and other finish coatings. We’re testing it on land and sea to discover how it holds up over time.

Permanon is a high-tech surface coating comprised of Nano-engineered particles called Silicium (14Si). In short, these particles bond to the surface—paint or gelcoat–and provide protection said to last for months.

Well, big deal. Wax does the same thing, doesn’t it?

To find out, we are applying Permanon to a tow vehicle and a boat. The truck is my Nissan Titan. The boat is BoatingLAB Director, Randy Vance’s Bluewater. The truck will endure a winter of northeast winter weather and road salt. The boat will endure the Florida sun. Come spring, we’ll report how Permanon performed.


In the meantime, I can assure you that application is much easier than wax. Permanon is sprayed on in a fine mist before being rinsed off with a hose. There’s no “ wax-on, wax-off” routine and the surface doesn’t event need to be dry. A final wipedown with a chamois or soft rag top prevent spotting finishes the job.

It took me 20 minutes total to apply Permanon to my full-sized pickup. I utilized just 50 ml (about a shot glass!) mixed with a liter of water, proving that the Permanon Platinum concentrate goes a long way. At the factory’s suggestion, I also applied it to the window glass and the rims. It was easy to see with the hose that Permanon does a great job of keeping windshields clear under a deluge.

How it will perform long-term remains to be seen.


Permanon Platinum costs between $26 bucks for 100 ml to $230 for a liter. That’s in a concentrate form that is mixed between 3-and 5-percent with water: remember my truck only required about 25 ml for full coverage. To learn more, visit Permanon at

Takeaway: Bees produce wax, but so do other animals. Spermacetti is found in the head of the sperm whale and lanolin is derived from sheep


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