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Product Details

TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Marine Spar Varnish features a premium tung oil formula, with a phenolic resin base and added UV inhibitors. It's ideally suited for clear coating on interior and exterior surfaces requiring maximum water & UV resistance.

New Gleam version 2.0 has improved overcoating & cure times, yields medium build per coat, with excellent flow-out, leaving a smooth, durable surface. It can be scuffed and overcoated faster than before to build gloss, as needed. Use xylene as a thinner only when spraying. For brushing, thin with TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100.

Available in high-gloss and satin finishes that are weather resistant and easy to work with over new wood and previously coated surfaces.

Bonus: With any kit order, receive 2 paint pots, 2 stir sticks, 2 foam brushes, and 2 paint strainers.

Tech Specs
Item Number Size Finish
TB-3509 PintGloss
TB-GLEAMGQ-K Quart KitGloss
TB-GLEAMKIT-G-K 2-Quart KitGloss
TB-GLEAMGG-K Gallon KitGloss
TB-3510 PintSatin
TB-GLEAMSQ-K Quart KitSatin
TB-GLEAMKIT-S-K 2-Quart KitSatin
TB-GLEAMSG-K Gallon KitSatin
TB-GLEAMCOMBO-K 2-Quart Combo Kit (1 Qt. Gloss & 1 Qt. Satin)Satin
Info & Guides
Introducing new Gleam 2.0! We've reformulated Gleam Satin and High-Gloss varnishes in response to customer reviews to make these formulas better than ever. They still have the same excellent self-leveling properties, and velvety, low-sheen or high-gloss finishes, but now Gleam 2.0 has improved overcoating and cure times so you can finish varnishing faster.

And the Satin varnish provides the same excellent level of UV protection as the Gloss varnish, so it's ideal on exterior as well as interior surfaces.

Gleam 2.0 Gloss and Satin formulas are available in individual Pint, Quart Kit, 2-Quart Kit, and Gallon Kit sizes.

Our New Combo Kit Creates a Satin Finish with Greater Clarity

You told us you love Gleam's velvety satin finish, but want better clarity. So we've put together a combo kit containing 1 quart of TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Gloss Varnish and 1 quart of Gleam 2.0 Satin Varnish that lets you build gloss coats to protect and showcase the wood grain, then finish with a couple of coats of satin to get the smooth, beautiful, non-gloss finish you desire. For the gloss/satin combo kit, select TB-GLEAMCOMBO-K from the product list.

An Easier, Faster Way to Apply Sealer Coats

Bare wood, especially plywood, is very porous and needs to be sealed before applying build and finish coats of varnish. If not, the initial coats of varnish soak into the wood, requiring more varnish (and more money) to apply enough build coats until the surface is uniformly level enough for the final coat of varnish. With unsealed oily woods like teak and mahogany, the varnish's viscosity will not allow it to penetrate the wood grain and adhere properly, which will eventually cause it to lift and ruin the finish—and all your hard work.

For this reason, the first few sealer coats of varnish are typically thinned in order to penetrate and seal the wood. These sealer coats take time to apply, time to dry, and must be sanded between coats. Now there's an improved way to apply sealer coats.

Introducing TotalBoat Wood Sealer, it's easier and faster than using unthinned varnish for sealer coats. It seals bare wood grain and smooths the surface on all types of wood, doesn't require sanding between coats, and dries more quickly than thinned varnish. And unlike other wood sealers, it contains UV blockers that protect your beautiful varnish finish down to the wood surface. TotalBoat Wood Sealer is clear, so it enhances the beauty of the wood grain and the varnish finish. TotalBoat Wood Sealer (sold separately) is compatible with 1-part varnish, and is ideal for use with TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 and TotalBoat Lust varnish finishes. Refer to the Gleam 2.0 Tech Data sheet for details on using TotalBoat Woods Sealer with Gleam 2.0.

Technical Information

Recommended Thinning for Brush/Roller Application

  • First Coat: 10% TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100; 90% Gleam varnish
  • Second Coat: 5% TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100; 95% Gleam varnish
  • Third Coat: Do not thin - 100% Gleam varnish

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

Reviews for TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Marine Spar Varnish

10 of 130 Reviews

July 14, 2021

Love the color and finish
By Tyra from Chicago Illinois

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I am doing brightwork on a sailboat that has been on the hard for quite a few years. Gleam has the grates, companionway doors and v-berth Sol well, gleaming.

Grate after
Grates and doors before
Grab bar before
v berth sol after
Grab bar after
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 11, 2021

Total Boat Gleam
By RAM from Brighton, Michigan

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I used TB Gleam on my first boat project which completed in June 2021. Excellent product that product excellent results. I especially like that I could apply numerous coats within a short period of time.

Penobscot 14 breasthook
Penobscot 14
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 6, 2021

I like this product
By Jerry from Wisconsin

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I used this as the topcoats when refinishing my Douglas Fir garage doors. I like the short recoat time. It looks great.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 5, 2021

Great for wood turnings
By Richard from Leesville SC

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Wood turnings

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 3, 2021

Gleam Spar
By bret from Iowa

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Although a lot of experience refinishing wood, this is my first with true marine spar varnish. Pure pleasure to apply, like honey. Use sponge brush. Be sure to thin first coat 50% to deeply penetrate. Dries quickly. 150 grit lightly sand between each of 4-6 coats (4 gloss, last 2 satin). My mahogany rails have a beauty and depth they've not known for decades.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 22, 2021

Easy to work with
By Barbra from West Chicago, Il

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Im really new at this but I found the product to be easy to work with just take take your time. The videos on your web site were helpful.

Wood added by me. Satin
Adirondack Chair (made by me) Gloss
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 16, 2021

As Advertised
By Richard from Encinitas, CA.

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When on with ease and has produced a rich color. To soon to tell how it will hold up in the Southern California sun but I live in hope.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 8, 2021

Soo Easy to Work With This Varnish
By Mikey Pequad from Hicksville, NY

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This varnish is great to work with. It dries fast, it becomes very hard and leaves a beautiful, gleaming finish. Just watch for drips...it is thinner than varnishes like Epifanes. You have to apply thin coats.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 27, 2021

I will not purchase this item again.
By Boat guy from Cklumbus, OH

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This varnish is way too thin. It barely covers 220 grit scratches on the deck and is nearly impossible to apply it thin enough to not run on the sides and transom.

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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May 27, 2021

Great Varnish!
By Capt. P from Cascade Locks, OR

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Best varnish for application I've used in 40+ years of boat building and repair. We will see how it holds up this summer.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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