TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Marine Spar Varnish

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TotalBoat Gleam Gloss Marine Spar Varnish
TotalBoat Gleam Gloss and Satin Marine Spar Varnish
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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.

Gleam 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. For brushing, thin with TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100; for spray application, thin with TotalBoat Spray Thinner 101.

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

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
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 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.

TotalBoat Wood Sealer, is 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 on Bare Wood: Reduce 25% with TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100
  • Additional Coats: Gleam 2.0 doesn't require added thinner after the first/seal coat, for most brushing applications, but if desired, reduce 5- 10% with TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100
  • NOTE: Do not over-thin Gleam 2.0, as it will extend dry times, and will reduce the overall gloss level of the finish.

Recommended Thinning for Spray Application

  • First Coat on Bare Wood: Reduce 25% with TotalBoat Spray Thinner 101
  • Additional Coats: Reduce 10- 20% with TotalBoat Spray Thinner 101

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 160 Reviews

June 29, 2022

Worked great I had 42 rustic oak benches I made for a countr
By Woody from North west ct.

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I was able to do three coats in one day and sanded between coats with out clogging the sand paper

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 15, 2022

Works great good leveling, been using 3 years will see how i
By Keith from South Carolina

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I have been repairing neglected exterior white oak and mahogany doors on churches. Stripping with total strip, these woods have to be grain filled, stain and 5 coats varnish.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 6, 2022

Great product
By RR from WI

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This has become my absolute favorite varnish! Goes on easy, dries quick, and amazingly didn't skin over in the plastic container I painted from.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 3, 2022

Quality product and great result.
By Cleve from Grass Valley, Ca

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Six coats of Gleam Marine Spar Varnish on Red Oak bed kit for 1966 F-100. Applied in my garage ventilated with fans under mild temperatures and low humidity. Was getting bubbles with supplied foam brushes so followed up each coat with light brush strokes with 2" chip brush.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 25, 2022

Garage Door
By Joe from North East

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Stripped down to bare wood frame. Replaced the panels with 1/4 inch plywood. The over the counter products from big box stores would give me 2 years of protection before having to do the whole door over again. Researched and came across this varnish. Called the company to ask questions on product, durability and application. The support was friendly and knowledgeable. I ordered 4 quarts as I did not want a gallon thinking it would dry out if not used completely. They recommended the first coat be cut 25% which I did with their thinner. To me the varnish seemed a bit liquid than norm. Cutting it down would only make it thinner. Keeping it from dripping was not easy as I had to constantly roll out making sure dripping was controlled. It rolls out well and magically smooth out to a nice even finish. The order is pungent and would recommend a respirator if indoors. Overall quite satisfied with the product and will see how well it hold up to Mother Nature.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 24, 2022

Used Marine varnish to rehab my front doors.
By Sugar from 7643 Boone Ave. Baton Rouge LA

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Beautiful finish and I home a long life for my doors.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 12, 2022

yes
By george from mass

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I used it on the wood trim on my Marshall cat The dry time is excellent It's Gleamy

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 12, 2022

I would buy this product again
By TC from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

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I am using Gleam Marine Spar varnish to provide the UV protection for the epoxy coating I am putting on wood strip canoes I am building. 3 coats of epoxy followed by 6 coats of varnish. This varnish is excellant. Applies smoothly and dries fast as advertised. As this is my first try with it we will see how it holds it up to UV but it has good reviews in that regard.

bottom of finished canoe
Top of finished canoe. Bow and stern sprits are red cedar from Connecticut. We do not have red cedar in Canada, only white cedar.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 8, 2022

yes
By Joe from Pottstown, PA

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The product is great but JD failed to provide what I paid for in the last 3 or 4 orders! I ordered gallon "kits" and not quarts. As a result, you failed to provide the mixing pails, brushes and filters that I paid for. Please review my last 3 or 4 Gleam 2 orders and send me what you owe me. thanks joe

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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March 18, 2022

Gleam 2.0
By Ricochet from Ada,MI

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I used Gleam 2.0 on my 32 year old Searay cockpit rail. I had previously used Sikkens and even though I thought it held up well I wanted something that would better show off the wood as it was in good shape. I scraped all previous material with a heat gun, sanded and applied 6 counts of Gleam 2.0. I tested the product first by doing the teak swim platform inserts, they turned out perfect so I was comfortable using it on the cockpit rail. I am very happy with the results. I did watch a couple of JD's videos which were also helpful. I am including a couple of photos which don't really show how good it looks.

Cockpit rail
Transom door
Rail to galley
Cockpit rail
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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