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TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish

TotalBoat Gleam is a marine spar varnish featuring a high-quality Tung Oil formula, with a phenolic resin base and added UV inhibitors. Gleam is ideally suited for clear coating on interior and exterior surfaces where maximum water and UV resistance is required.

This varnish yields medium build per coat with excellent flow-out, leaving a smooth durable surface that can be scuffed and over-coated to build gloss as needed. Use Xylene (Xylol) as a thinner for spraying applications only.

Gleam is available in a high-gloss finish that is weather resistant and easy to work with over new wood and previously coated surfaces.

Bonus: Buy a quart kit or 2-quart kit and receive 2 paint pots, 2 stir sticks, 2 foam brushes, 2 paint strainers, and a pair of latex gloves for FREE (a $10 value).

 
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FIRST COAT  SECOND COAT  THIRD COAT 
10% Mineral Spirits  5% Mineral Spirits  Do not thin 
90% Varnish  95% Varnish  100% Varnish 
BRAND: TotalBoat
Type: Varnishes
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TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small areas (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (6), Casual do-it-yourselfer (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tiller magic

I used the Total Boat Glossy varnish on a new tiller for my sailboat. Since it my first time to varnish anything I watched the helpful videos on Jamestown.com, and followed the instructions:...Read complete review

I used the Total Boat Glossy varnish on a new tiller for my sailboat. Since it my first time to varnish anything I watched the helpful videos on Jamestown.com, and followed the instructions: sanded before and between each layer; started with a coat thinned with Total Boat mineral spirits; and applied a couple of extra full strength coats for a deep, glossy shine. My tiller is now a piece of art. The varnish was very easy to apply, and as I applied each additional coat, the wood became more and more lustrous. I highly recommend this varnish.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

nice look, but looong dry time

Decided to try both the gloss and satin finish.
I had the same problem with both -- very long dry times. I used them both outside covered (85-90 deg...Read complete review

Decided to try both the gloss and satin finish.
I had the same problem with both -- very long dry times. I used them both outside covered (85-90 deg temp) and inside in aircon enviorment (75-80 deg.).
The finish, when dry was nice, but both took in excess of 28 hours to be sandable for next coat.

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5.0

i would buy this product again and i have already

By debbie the doer

from menifee ca

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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Pros

  • Easy To Clean
  • Even Paint Distribution

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Areas

    Comments about TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish:

    I use this product to preserve wood projects The wood is exposed to the weather 24/7 intensense sun and it really holds up

     
    5.0

    Total Gleam is absolutely the best!

    By Lil Clink

    from Marion, OH.

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish:

    After restoring a 13' Lyman with Epiphanes and a 15' Lyman with Pettit, I decided to give Total Gleam a try on my 16.5' Lyman. I was amazed with how evenly it flowed out and the brilliance of it.
    After 4 coats of Gleam I had the same shine as 7 coats of the others. This is one fantastic product!

     
    5.0

    VARNISH

    By debbie the doer

    from menifee ca

    About Me Beginner

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Even Paint Distribution

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Small Areas

      Comments about TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish:

      MADE MY WOOD ITEM LOOK GREAT AND WILL HELP IT LAST FOR YEARS

       
      5.0

      the product was great came quickly i am completely satisfied

      By the animal man

      from mt top pa

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Even Paint Distribution

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Detailed Work
        • Large Areas
        • Small Areas

        Comments about TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish:

        i used it on a1958 whirlwind mahogony boat it worked great

         
        4.0

        Such a good finish. Low viscosity flowed out well

        By Luke

        from Rochester ny

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Even Paint Distribution

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish:

            Glad I switched

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            First time Gleam user satisfied

            By BadAug55

            from Salisbury, NC

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Flows well

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Cedar Strip Kayak

              Comments about TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish:

              This is my first cedar stripped kayak and my first experience with a quality spar varnish. I researched a lot of other top brand spar varnishes but decided to try Gleam because of the tung oil formula, phenolic resin base and added UV inhibitors plus the economic pricing. I have not been disappointed. Gleam provides a beautiful finish. I had minimal problems with runs and sags. It flowed evenly. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I have not used any other spar varnishes so I can't honestly do a fair comparison.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Flowed nicely

              By Luke

              from Rochester ny

              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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              Pros

              • Even Paint Distribution

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish:

                  Rolled and tipped nicely

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Tiller magic

                  By Captain Jim

                  from Tampa, Florida

                  About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to use
                  • Rich Warm Gloss
                  • Spreads evenly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish:

                      I used the Total Boat Glossy varnish on a new tiller for my sailboat. Since it my first time to varnish anything I watched the helpful videos on Jamestown.com, and followed the instructions: sanded before and between each layer; started with a coat thinned with Total Boat mineral spirits; and applied a couple of extra full strength coats for a deep, glossy shine. My tiller is now a piece of art. The varnish was very easy to apply, and as I applied each additional coat, the wood became more and more lustrous. I highly recommend this varnish.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Found a new finishing friend

                      By Canoeman

                      from Tennessee

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Comments about TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish:

                      I always used another varnish product, but since I tried total boat varnish I have switched . I especially like the satin finish.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      NOT just for boats

                      By colorado mom

                      from Monument CO

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Detailed Work
                          • Large Areas
                          • Small Areas

                          Comments about TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish:

                          LOVE what this product does for our wood-art pieces on the deck. Harsh Colorado sun and winters have nothing on this product. My woods are sealed, protected and beautiful!

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