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TotalBoat Gleam Marine Spar Varnish
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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 both high-gloss and low-sheen satin finishes. Both are equally 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, 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
Usage: Clear Coating
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TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish
 
4.4

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Avid do-it-yourselfer (5), Casual do-it-yourselfer (3)

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      4.0

      Such a good finish. Low viscosity flowed out well

      By Bob

      from NORTH CHILI, NY

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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      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 Bob

            from NORTH CHILI, 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

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                          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

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                          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!

                               
                              5.0

                              Easy Application- Great Results

                              By Mediaman57

                              from Dover, NH

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Even Paint Distribution
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Deck Railings
                                • Steps

                                Comments about TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish:

                                After investigating the resins and UV additives in the product and finding them to be of the highest quality, I used Gleam Spar Varnish on the railing and steps at rear of house. First cleaned all the algae and mildew off the steps with bleach. (On North side of house so prone to this problem) Let it dry thoroughly. Followed detailed directions on Gleam container. Used satin finish. Put on three coats over a five day period. The rain water since has beaded and run off steps and railing just as I had hoped. At this point in time, 5 weeks after application... it looks great. Durability will be the next test.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                the best I've used

                                By bruce

                                from mass

                                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                                      Comments about TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish:

                                      Lays down nice. Very nice gloss and perfect amber tone. Definitely going to use this again.

                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      3.0

                                      nice look, but looong dry time

                                      By captain mitch

                                      from brunswick, ga

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                                            Comments about TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish:

                                            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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