Is there anyone who pronounces the verb perfect as they would the adjective? For instance, would anyone say “I need to p[schwa]r-fikt my project”?
I lived and worked for over 20 years in Australia and England. No one ever pronounced "to perfect" as they would say "perfect-adj.". I think it is easy and natural for the speaker to put the stress on the second syllable, because of an automatic memory for such words like "perfection and perfectionist".