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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. Quart and 4 Quart sizes include plastic paint pots, wooden stir sticks, foam brushes & strainers. 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 162 Reviews

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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September 7, 2021

I would highly recommend this product!
By John from Moss point, ms

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I loved this product! I prayed it on a farm house table! The only problem I wish it would have been a little more shiny. Over all I would use it again!!!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 21, 2021

Convenient!
By Meg makes paddles from Minnesota

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I normally dread varnishing days. I make canoe paddles, so there is no quick and easy way to do it all at once. Too many curves and surfaces. With traditional spar varnish, I always end up with some drips/runs, no matter how careful I am. And since I use such small amounts, a skin always forms before I can finish a quart. 4 coats of varnish can take a week to finish. This product saves a lot of hassle. I really love that it comes in a bag. I can pour a small amount into a cup and avoid all of the mess of a flooded rim. It dries really quickly, so I can do a several coats in a day. It keeps well from use to use. I even left out some extra overnight, assuming it was wasted, and the next morning it looked the same: no thickening or skin. For the same reason, I am able to wrap my brush and reuse that for 2-3 coats. One thing I noticed is that it does not seem to sink into the wood the same as other coatings. I used this on paddles that had fiberglass and epoxy on the blades but not the shaft. There was a visible transition where it seemed that the halcyon was sitting on the wood rather than soaking into it. The package does advise building up with gloss coats underneath, so I'll consider myself warned. Lastly, it does not seem to self-level the way a traditional varnish does somewhat. So there are minor brush marks in the finish, but if that is the price I pay for no runs, I'll take it. All in all, I would buy again.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 19, 2021

I would purchase product again
By Projects R US from Pittsburgh, Pa

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Working in a closed environment so no solvent smell was great, no need for PPE and clean up was a breeze with the waterborne product...

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 2, 2021

I would definitely buy this product again. Actually I have!!
By Double D from Sunnyvale Ca

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Great product. Will definitely use it in future projects. Works as advertised.

Commission to build table tops for a restaurant.
Five coats of clear gloss with three coats of satin.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 29, 2021

Simple, fast and durable
By Ranch Dog Woodworks from Plant City, FL

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I've seen this product used by several big time makers on YouTube and finally gave it a try. It is simple to apply and the fast dry-time and short turn-around between the first few coats makes the job a whole lot easier. The final coat is a beautiful, smooth finish with a subtle but elegant gloss. I don't think I'll go back to other water-based finishes again.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 21, 2021

Great product
By Mike from Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

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Definitely recommend this product it holds up well in the sunlight, goes on very smoothly, I recommend using six coats for best durability. I have been using them on wooden Surfboard signs , very happy with the results.

Surfboard pub tables
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 21, 2021

Awesome product
By RWW from Near da beach, Florida.

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Used this on some cedar shutters I made for a client. Amazing finish and protection against the elements.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 15, 2021

Using Halcyon three years now - highly recommended
By Skipper's Gift from Bristol, RI

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Easy to apply many coats in short time. Plastic envelope easy to pour and seal. Most important- looks great and long lasting !!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 5, 2021

Fast drying and easy
By Sailing great escapes from Westerly ri

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Fast drying and easy to use. I installed some new teak on my boat and got five coats of your Halycon Varnish in one afternoon.

Teak rails

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