How to Use Delta PermEnamel

Updated July 18, 2017

Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel is an air-dry permanent paint for use on glass, glazed ceramic and metal surfaces. It is perfect for creating custom designs for glassware, tile projects, and metal work. Once cured for 10 days, the paint is permanent and the items are dishwasher, microwave and oven-safe to 177 degrees Celsius. Decorate a set of custom stemware for a gift or design a unique tile backsplash. Once the technique is mastered, the uses are endless.

Wash the project item in warm water and mild dish soap. Rinse thoroughly and dry it with a soft towel. Do not use any rinse agents, alcohol, vinegar, or other chemicals, as this will keep paint from adhering.

Dampen the pattern, if you are using one, and adhere it to the project. Glue or tape is not required, as the moisture will adhere the pattern to the project until it's complete.

Apply Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Conditioner with a large, dry paintbrush and allow it to air dry. A haze will appear on the prepared surface. This product has an active dry time of four hours. Only apply the product when the project can be completed within four hours.

Place the stencil pattern over the conditioned surface and tape it in place if this is to be a stencil project.

Use a clean, dry brush for each colour of Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel to get the best results if you are painting. If you use the same brush for different colours, the brush must be washed with soap and water, rinsed thoroughly and dried completely before being loaded with new paint. Allowing any water into the paint will affect its performance.

If you are stencilling, load the stencil sponge with the desired colour and then tap it lightly on a clean, dry surface to evenly distribute the paint. Apply the paint to the stencil using a light tapping motion. Applying two light coats is preferable to one heavier coat, as this helps to keep the paint from bleeding under the stencil.

Add highlights or shading to your stencilling, if desired, using the flat, shading brush. Use the flat side of the brush to apply shading, or the tip of the brush to apply highlights. Load the colour on the shading brush, then wipe it against a clean palette or paper plate to blend the colours.

Use a small dry brush or a cotton swab dipped in Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel to remove any mistakes. Dip the brush or swab into the conditioner, and then tap it onto a dry paper towel to remove excess conditioner. Remove any stray paint using a light touch.

Apply Delta Air-Dry Enamel Glaze using either a stencil sponge or a large dry brush. To apply using a sponge, dip the sponge in the glaze and then apply two thin coats to the finished project using a light tapping motion. Allow the glaze to dry between coats. If using a brush, apply two light coats using a gentle stroke, as though you are painting your fingernails.

Allow the project to dry for 10 days. This is necessary for the project to cure. The product will not be permanent until it has fully cured.


Once you know the technique for using Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel, get creative. Give completed projects as gifts. Paint a window to achieve the look of stained glass without the expense. The sky is the limit.

Things You'll Need

  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Surface Conditioner
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Paint
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Glaze, gloss or satin
  • Large, clean, dry, soft paintbrush
  • Glass, Glazed Ceramic, or Metal items for project
  • If stencilling:
  • Stencil Pattern
  • Tape
  • Delta Stamp-Stencil Sponges
  • Flat shading brush
  • If painting:
  • Clean, dry paintbrush for each colour of Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Thinner
  • Pattern
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Angela Hallack has been a freelance writer since 2009, contributing to various websites. Hallack has a Master of Science in psychology from Northeast Louisiana University with additional training in infant and child mental health.