EM6500 Water based Acrylic Pigmented Lacquer by Emtech

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Target Coatings EM6500 Water based Acrylic Pigmented Lacquer is a bright white pastel addition to the popular EM6000 Production Lacquer family. EM6500 provides an excellent hiding power on birch, poplar and maple, as well as MDF and other engineered substrates.

EM6500 can be used as a stand-alone topcoat, which will provide a satin sheen.

  • Suitable for LEED® projects
  • Contains no formaldehyde, phthalates or lead
  • Low odor, water clean up
  • Easy to apply, dries quickly
  • Self-leveling
  • Mild, non-annoying odour

EM6500 pigmented acrylic lacquer can be ordered tinted, we can reproduce most colors of Benjamin Moore®, Sherwin William®, Sico®. However please note that colors of the Benjamin Moore CC series (Canadian Colours) can no longer be replicated through our coloring system.

EM6500 White / Pastel Base can be tinted with Mixol and other water-based colorants in order to match a wide array of popular off-white and pastel paint colors.

Directions for use


  • Fine sand surface to be finished with the appropriate grade sandpaper based on the type of final finish required.
  • For application to ferrous metals it is necessary to apply an anti-rust primer such as
    Tremclad Water Based Rust Primer prior to application of EM6500.
  • If the surface to be finished has a grain-filling type glaze, sealer or paste; ensure that the systems are compatible with one another by preparing a test panel before proceeding.
  • Certain solvent-based fillers and glazes may prevent proper adhesion of the topcoat if not thoroughly cured. Ensure that grain fillers have been sanded with a minimum of 400-grit sandpaper and all contamination is removed. Oil-Based glazes should be air-dried and tested to ensure proper early adhesion of the water-based topcoat.
  • All surfaces to be finished must be clean and free of oil, dust and contamination that may cause fisheyes or poor adhesion. Clean surface with denatured alcohol or fresh water. Allow surface to thoroughly dry before proceeding.
  • Mix the product thoroughly.
  • Can be fortified with 2 to 5% of CL100 Cross-Linker
  • For applications on MDF or maple, there may be a migration of minerals or other components present in the MDF and create yellowing in the finish. Target Coating recommends applying two coats of BIN Primer-Sealer Stain Killer before applying EM6500.


  • Apply the lacquer using an HVLP spray gun, nylon-polyester brush or 10 mm paint roller. The product can be used without being diluted with water or with the SA5 Retarder. However, the use of SA5 can be useful to slow down the drying time of the lacquer when applying for large surfaces or in warm temperature.
  • Apply a first coat and let dry 20 minutes. Apply a second coat and let dry for 20 minutes. Repeat the operation until you obtain the desired finish.
  • If more than 24 hours have passed between two applications, lightly sand the surface using a fine sanding paper.
  • Instructions for tinting: 2 - 2.5 fl. oz. of colorant per gallon.
Use only in well ventilated areas. Avoid inhaling spray mist. Wear a NIOSH/MSHA approved respirator during spray applications.

Color matches

We can reproduce the colors of Benjamin Moore®, Sherwin William® and Sico®.


Les produits de finition Ardec inc, is not affiliated with Benjamin Moore®, Sherwin William®
and Sico®. All color names and color codes are references for color matching only and are not owned by Les produits de finition Ardec inc. Color names and color codes are specific to each brand, i.e. Benjamin Moore®, Sherwin William® and Sico®.

Color matches are made with industry Best Practices, Standards and Procedures to ensure correct color continuity and standards when referenced with the color name and code provided by the customer. While we strive to create an exact match and repeatability of the color requested, we have no control over color shifts or changes that may take place when the color chip is referenced by both the customer and by our color lab. We offer no warranty, guarantee, implied or expressed, when matching outside brand colors.


946 ml · Tinted $41.95 In stock
946 ml · White / Pastel Base
$36.95 In stock
3.78 L · Tinted $123.95 In stock
3.78 L · White / Pastel Base
$115.95 In stock


Classification Wood Lacquers
Brand Emtech
  • 946 ml
  • 3.78 L
Sold Since April 8, 2014

Water, Acrylic Copolymer Resin, Titanium Dioxide, Calcium carbonate, Texanol

  • 105 sq feet per liter
  • 400 sq feet per gallon

50 g/L




Acrylic odor


White Liquid

Tools cleaning

Soapy water

Freeze/thaw stability

Avoid too many freeze-thaw cycles. If the product has frozen, allow the product to thaw at room temperature for 48 hours without stirring.

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Sprayed nice, great customer service.

Marcel Ball · Sep 6, 2021 · edited September 19, 2021

Updated Review:

My original order had some issues with colouring. Ardec provided me with two replacement cans; these two cans seem to pretty much perfectly match each other and the desired colour. Great customer service on their part and they were easy to deal with. If you do have an issue with colouring, which I expect is rare, reach out to them so they can make things right.

And as stated in the original review, the EM6500 sprays very well, even for an amateur like myself, with excellent smoothness and levelling.

Original Review:
First the positive, found the product to spray very well (especially considering I have minimal experience spraying; used a 1.3mm tip in an Earlex SprayPort 6003), had nice clean smooth surfaces.

As for the negative I had ordered two cans supposedly tinted with the same colour; the actual colour results from the two cans were quite different though. At first I thought the bluish tint was an optical illusion because of the colour of the walls in the room and lighting, but once I started using the second can could easily see that there was a substantial difference.

Great product

Brian Hendry · Nov 14, 2020

First off, I found this company whilst searching for waterborne pigmented lacquers, I’m glad I did there delivery can only be described as exceptional all the products I have purchased have been excellent. I used this product to refinish cabinet doors, I used the cross linker also. This company is now my go to supplier for all my wood finishing needs.

Excellent service from Ardec

Jeff Todosichuk · Jul 2, 2020

There was an issue with the colour code (Dulux's fault) but Ardec double checked with me and made sure the proper colour was sent out. The finish itself is very good. It sprays on nicely and dries very quickly. I haven't tried any touchups with this product but so far it is superior to any latex paint. This finish is the only product I would use on painted furniture pieces.

Cures fast!

Jeremy Fruit · Jan 28, 2019

Ardec's customer service is tremendous!! I will be ordering everything from them in the future! I had my pigmented lacquer tinted to "Oxford White" from the Benjamin Moore collection and the results were stunning. Overall, EM6500 is very thick so be mindful that you will have to use bigger spray tips. It flows well but what's best is the super quick drying and hardening times. I was clamping pieces that I had sprayed the previous day for assembly and it was rock solid! If you desire a super smooth buttery finish but want it colored I would first apply this or a colored primer than use one emtech's topcoat lacquers. You won't be disappointed!

Paint to Lacquer

Andrew Cameron · Aug 27, 2018

I absolutely love this product. Compared to paint it is so easy to use. There is no need to water it down and it drys so much quicker and I can complete a project in a single day if required. The end result is fantastic, providing a smooth glossy finish.

Water-Based HVLP Solid Colour Finish

Nick Redden · Oct 9, 2017

What a fantastic product! I am new to HVLP spray finishing and needed a "painted" finish for a recent cabinet project. After a failed attempt at spraying conventional paint, I ordered a gallon of EM6500 tinted to my Benjamin Moore colour and the results were flawless. I am excited to work with more products from Emtech on future projects. This product turned a frustrating job into an enjoyable job!

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