TotalBoat Halcyon Marine Varnish

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TotalBoat Halcyon Marine Varnish

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Product Details

TotalBoat Halcyon Marine Varnish is an innovative varnish that creates a hard, gloss, or satin finish on brightwork, without the painstaking prep, long dry time, tedious sanding & noxious fumes associated with most varnishes. 1-part low-VOC formula offers powerful UV protection to prevent yellowing. Flexible finish prevents cracking & lifting due to temperature changes.

Cures harder than most 1-part varnishes, with superior abrasion, scratch & solvent resistance. It dries fast–recoat in 1 hr @ 72°F, with no sanding between coats. Resealable Pour Pak™ prevents skinning & waste. Soap & water cleanup.

Choose Halcyon (clear amber gloss), Halcyon Clear Gloss or Clear Satin in Pint, Quart and 4 Quart Sizes. NOTE: Satin is not available in a 4 Quart Size.

Tech Specs
Technical Specifications Halcyon Varnish
Thinning Not required, even for the first coat. However, to help create a desired flow, thin with water up to 20% maximum.
Cleanup Soap and water
Application Method Brush, roll & tip, or spray
Application Temperature 50-90°F; 0-90% RH (relative humidity)
Number of Coats (Minimum) 2-3
Accelerated Application If desired, apply a maximum of 5 coats per day. Always wait 12 hours between applying Halcyon and sanding.
Tack-Free Time to Recoat 1 hour at 72°F
Overcoat Without Sanding Up to 12 hours
Coverage 40-50 sq. ft./pint; 80-100 sq. ft./quart
Cured Color Halcyon (clear light amber); Halcyon Clear Gloss or Satin (ultra clear)
Finish Gloss or Satin
Gloss DOI (Distinctness of Image) >90% @ 60°; >77% @ 20°
Info & Guides

No long wait. No sanding. No fumes. No waste or mess.

In our continuous quest for a better marine varnish, we've developed TotalBoat Halcyon, a quick-drying, rapid-recoating, eco-friendly, durable, gloss varnish that takes brightwork finishing to the next level. Its low-VOC, low-odor formula makes it easier than ever to get a nice, even gloss or satin finish on both interior and exterior wood surfaces.

Halcyon dries super fast and doesn't require sanding between coats (for up to 12 hours), so you can apply up to five coats in one day to finish varnishing faster and set sail sooner. The low VOC content limits exposure to you and to the environment, and the low odor makes Halcyon great for use indoors, in shops, or on interior woodwork. Its maximum UV protection, flexibility, and abrasion resistance make it great for exterior woodwork, too.

Available in clear amber gloss, clear gloss, and clear satin finishes. 4 Quart Size is available for Clear Gloss and Clear Amber Gloss.

Our original Halcyon formula cured crystal clear, abrasion resistant, and UV stable. But many of you told us that, while the clear finish was good for some applications, you preferred a more classic, clear amber finish on brightwork. We heard you, and we created a formula with the beauty of a traditional marine spar varnish, but one that cured with greater clarity, abrasion resistance, and UV protection. The clear amber gloss formula goes by the name Halcyon, and the clear gloss formula is called Halcyon Clear. You loved our gloss formulas, but told us it'd be great if we could make a clear satin finish. We're happy to announce that new Halcyon Clear Satin is now available. Each Halcyon gloss formula is designed so that the more coats you apply, the greater the depth, beauty, gloss, and durability. The satin formula is best used as the finish coat over build coats of Halcyon Clear Gloss or Amber Gloss. These innovative marine varnishes are very easy and fast to apply, quick to dry, easy to sand, and clean up fast with just soap and water.

The beauty is in the cured finish

At first, Halcyon varnishes may look a little odd and seem a little different because they come in a bag, don't smell like varnish (don't stink!), and with their milky-white color, don't look like varnish. Until they dry very quickly to a beautiful, even gloss.

  • Compared to oil-based varnish, Halcyon varnishes don't need thinning—not even for the first coat—because they dry phenomenally fast, and don't have to be sanded between coats. They also dry completely clear and hard, but flexible so there's no yellowing, chipping, cracking, or peeling.

  • Compared to synthetic marine wood finishes, Halcyon varnishes can be applied over existing 1- or 2-part varnishes in good condition, they're very scratch resistant, abrasion resistant, and remain clear & glossy, without looking cloudy or muddy after multiple coats. Halcyon varnishes also offer greater UV protection.

  • Compared to water-based marine polyurethane varnishes, Halcyon Gloss and Satin varnishes can be applied to interior and exterior wood surfaces.

Important application note for Halcyon Clear Satin

It is strongly recommended to use Halcyon Clear Gloss or Amber Gloss for build coats, and only use Halcyon Satin as a final coat, to ensure the best finish and depth.

Technical Information

Halcyon Varnish Features

  • Clear amber gloss (Halcyon), Clear gloss (Halcyon Clear Gloss), and Clear satin (Halcyon Clear Satin) finishes accent wood grain and character.
  • Hard, UV-stable, finish is abrasion, solvent, and scratch resistant.
  • For interior & exterior (exterior above waterline) on all types of wood.
  • Convenient, resealable bag makes it easy to pour and easy to store.
  • Won't skin over in the cup while you're using it, or in the bag while you're storing it.
  • One-part formula is easy to use, no mixing or measuring.
  • No mess, easy soap and water cleanup, and no waste.
  • Low-odor, low-VOC formula is eco-friendly and user-friendly.
  • Choose from Clear Gloss and Amber Gloss - Pint, Quart and 4-Quart Sizes; Clear Satin - Pint and Quart Sizes

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including n-methylpyrrolidone, which is known to the State of California to cause developmental toxicity. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

Reviews for TotalBoat Halcyon Marine Varnish

10 of 207 Reviews

November 19, 2022

Great stuff
By Sonny from Milfford Ct.

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I used it for the wood on a bench I made. I goes on easy and looks great!!!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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November 6, 2022

My new go to finish
By Lionheart from Akron Ohio

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I put this finish on a walnut carving and I couldn't be happier. I let it sit overnight before the second coat. It has the perfect satin finish. Makes me look professional.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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November 2, 2022

Does NOT hold up over time
By Tim H from Alexandria, VA

I'm really surprised to see the number of favorable reviews for this product, at least for exterior use. I tested Halcyon Clear alongside a polyurethane varnish on the same piece of mahogany, 7 coats of each, and left it out in my back yard for six weeks. The polyurethane held up fine, but even just six weeks later Halcyon clear had faded to a tepid beige. I've attached before and after pictures. I know the product information claims it provides UV protection but in my experience that's dubious. Maybe it works better on other kinds of wood. I saw a few reviews that said it worked well when using a polyurethane for build coats and Halcyon for the final/finish coats, but I don't see what the benefit is there.

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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November 2, 2022

Awesome top coat
By Carson from Wisconsin

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The finish is exactly what I wanted— slightly shiny but leans more toward the matte side of things. Has almost no odor. Water clean up only. I don't like that it's packaged in a bag though. They say this is to prevent any waste but I poured a portion in a separate container to work with and always had left overs. I would pour as much as I could back into the bag but definitely wasted some of the product. I've never had issues with waste with clear coats in a can.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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October 27, 2022

Great product
By Boatman from Arlington, WA

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I am very pleased with this varnish. It spreads easily, dries fast and is water based for easy clean up. No sanding between coats and looks great.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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September 30, 2022

Great product
By Bubba from Lafayette,LA

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This is a great product. I have used it to finish the top of a desk I made. The surface is hard and the finish is nice. The application is a lot easier and quicker than other finishes. Well worth the money.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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September 28, 2022

Packaging
By Phillip from Cape Cod

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Wish that Halcyon SATIN was available in a smaller size like the GLOSS is.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 15, 2022

I love this varnish
By Lizzie from Vancouver, WA

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I used this varnish to refinish an outdoor table top. My husband (then boyfriend) made it for me during the time of Prince Charles and Lady Diana's wedding, it has been in constant use since then and needed some TLC! This varnish was so easy to use and gave a flawless finish. My one disappointment is for a satin finish it came out awful flat. Easily remedied by a coat of semigloss spar varnish. Am now going to use it on an old deck stool that I am refinishing where I do want a flat finish. Great product and I love the packaging.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 12, 2022

Awesome!
By bcbassn from Holden, MO

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Great exterior finish!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 10, 2022

I am a return buyer of this product when I need a tough clea
By DLM WoodWorks from Bakersfield, CA

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I have used Halcyon for a garden bench, table tops, and a rr tie fireplace mantle. All worked great and I will use it again.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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