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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 Kit.

Tech Specs
Technical Specifications
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. NEW! 4 Quart Kits now 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 172 Reviews

January 11, 2022

I would definitely buy this great Marine varnish again
By Protect Your Digits Creations from West Babylon , NY

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I use this product to put a Fantastic , beautiful finish on my Lazy Susans, my Custom canes, decorative boxes, etc.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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December 26, 2021

Definitely
By Butch from Morehead City N C

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I used it to refinish a Rocket Launcher. Real easy to use, clean up is easy and can reapply every hour or so. Love the stuff.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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December 15, 2021

Flawless Satin Finish
By John from Deale, MD

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I've used this satin finish Halcyon for several applications and am totally convinced it's the best satin varnish I've ever used. I've applied it over base coats of TB Wood Sealer and TB Gleam gloss. Its self levelling properties are amazing. I wanted to use it on my boat's teak & holly cabin sole, but I'm afraid it won't maintain a wet edge long enough for such a large area, so I'm going to use Gleam satin for that job (wishing I could use the Halcyon.)

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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December 2, 2021

I would suggest this to anyone
By Hockeydad from Farmington Ct

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This product is amazing, by far the best varnish I have ever used. The product goes on easy, flows out and levels nicely sets up in roughly an hour or two so you can apply additional coats if needed.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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December 1, 2021

refinish wood bench
By Stewart from Key West, Florida

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This Wild Tamarind bench on the edge of our Koi pond just received it's third refinish. The wood was originally sealed with epoxy and finished with lacquer. In our tropical climate it only lasted about a year. This time it was finished with Halcyon marine varnish. It looks great and we hope it lasts longer.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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November 10, 2021

very good product but;
By chuckie from fl.

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the products are very good an easy to use but will not buy again, because when you add on shipping and tax the product is not even close to cost competive with ace hardware

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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October 25, 2021

Great for outside
By Poet Too from Jacksonville, FL

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I used this for the inside back of a pantry because I didn't want to have to sand between coats. While that part of the project worked well, there is a lingering smell (not really an odor) that has delayed our stocking the pantry with packaged food items. The smell is waning and will hopefully be gone in a few days. So, I would highly recommend it for outside or garage projects but not so much for interiors.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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October 14, 2021

Went on easy. Great results
By Rog from Washington State

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I rebuilt an old rotten bench using "weathered" red oak slats. Finish went on easy with foam brush. I just caught the drips, and the finish smoothed itself beautifully. I also used it on the patina'd iron sides which brought out the color of the old metal (and light rust), and created a nice subtle shine. Bench is now in the front of the house in the rain. Water just beads up.

New wood "weathered" using vinegar treatment to look old.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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September 26, 2021

Yes
By Rick Fisher from Mansfield, Georgia

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Used to finish my wood flag. Goes on great with foam brush, great looking finished product. I like the 1 hour set up time for the next coat.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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September 12, 2021

I can't wait to use it.
By Larry Thorne from Glendale, AZ

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I have not used the item yet. I am looking forward to seeing the results I get. I put 5 stars, basically I had to. It's not fair to give a rating when I have not used the product yet. I love what I have seen on the web. If I like it, I will get it again and replace the hassles with polyurethane.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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