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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 142 Reviews

September 1, 2021

Great product, consistent results
By Rob from Selinsgrove, PA

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Total boat gleam system is easy to work with and produces professional quality results,

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 17, 2021

Strongly Reccomend if time is not on your side
By The Captain from Lockport, NY

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I havent had too much experience with other varnishes out there, but this one is awesome enough that i bought another gallon already, and likely will get another soon. This already has become the single go to varnish for the commercial boats i work on and basically dont plan to use anything else again.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 14, 2021

I would like to buy this product again
By MIKHAIL from Kirkland, WA

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Excellent product for outdoor projects

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 10, 2021

Great for my non-boat project
By Eric K from Milwaukee, WI

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Was taking some ash slabs and building a cart that would be outdoors. Wanted something that would add a little color and stand up to the weather. Ended up going with the Satin. First time i've ever varnished, so I tried to do some research. I mixed the first coat with mineral spirits maybe 60/40 and then did a second that was 85/15. Then 2 more coats with just the varnish. Used a paint filter for the varnish as well. Used it within an open garage, but still had to use a filtered mask. I was really happy with how it turned out without being an expert.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 4, 2021

The front door looks better than new
By Joe L from Fort Collins CO

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Easy to apply. Time between coats and drying time was great when compared to other big box products. Did 7 coats with three sanding coats. Thanks for the advise. Joe

Front Door facing North
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 3, 2021

Great Product. Always great results.
By Ken from Arkansas

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Used this on four exterior doors I built from eastern red cedar. Easy to use and looks great. I use it on all my outdoor wood furniture as well. I build the coats with gloss and two final coats with satin. Just the right sheen.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 3, 2021

yes
By Stephen from marshfield, ma.

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I ended up striping the seats to bare wood , applied 5 coats hope it lasts longer 2 years

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 27, 2021

Looks great after about 5 coats on new wood surface.
By Breck from Austin

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Used it to finish some oars. They look great after about 5 coats on new wood surface. One negative, but nothing to do with product quality: The can had a quite a dent in it when I received it. I examined the shipping box and it show no signs of damage, so it appeared to me to have been dented before shipping. Seems like the person putting the can in the box should not have shipped that can. Luckily, no leaks and I have been able to secure the lid each time I use some, but I have to be careful when I do.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 26, 2021

Performed as advertised
By Dr wood from Mount pleasant Texas

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Performed as advertised, Ended up with a gorgeous finish on mahogany brightwork.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 25, 2021

Fantastic product.
By Helen from Indiana

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wonderful result on our double front doors very happy.

exterior doors
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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