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TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Marine Spar Varnish Customer Questions and Answers

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How does this varnish compare to Petit's Hi-Build 2056 for application thickness?

Asked on 08/21/2014 by Mathew Eggenberger

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Have not used Petit's, I found the Gleam Spar varnish too thick out of the can and thinned with spirits 10% to obtain a smoother finish. Used 3 coats on Adirondack cypress chairs in late spring and so far so good.

Answered on 08/21/2014 by Dank Dank
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I haven't used Petit's product but Total Boat Gleam goes on well and after two coats on mahogany appears to be fairly thick but also has leveled well. I sanded with 220 grit between coats. I plan to add three more coats for durability. I'm using it on new thwart seats for a 1964 Boston Whaler. The woof is recently planed and sanded through a wide belt sander with 120 grit and hand sanded with 220 grit prior to the first coat.

Answered on 08/21/2014 by RICHARD QUINN

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haven't used Petit's product, but comparing with Epifanes, Gleam is a little bit thinner. Brushes very well.

Answered on 08/21/2014 by DEAN CAMENARES

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TB Gleam recommends 4-8 coats.... I am on coat # 14 because I cant get one without visible dog hairs in it. The tops look great ( like an Irish Bar) but with two solid black German Shepherds in the house I am having trouble with dog hair. ..lol

Answered on 08/21/2014 by HARVEY MILES

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Thanks, I like the Hi-Build because it builds up multiple coats quickly and was wondering how yours compares to Petit's with coat thickness.

Answered on 08/21/2014 by Mathew Eggenberger

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I have no experience with Petit's but have had good results with T B Gleam Spar Varnish. I am in the process of installing wood kitchen counter tops of 1.5 in thick white oak .I am using the gloss and the roll and tip method demoed in the video. It goes on smooth and doesn't dry so fast that you can't go back and pick out a piece of lint and tip it out.

Answered on 08/21/2014 by HARVEY MILES
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I have used a different brand of varnish as a finish coat over painted wood, a kitchen table. Great product. No water rings, nor scratches,but it yellowed considerably. Does this product yellow ver time?

Asked on 03/07/2016 by Undisclosed

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It did not yellow for me.

Answered on 03/07/2016 by RYAN LEPREE
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I liked this product in the gloss and satin finish. It is fast drying and doesn't yellow as much as the previous premium brand I was using. I am very happy with it.

Answered on 03/07/2016 by KEN WILLIAMS

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I don't have any experience with Gleam on painted wood. When I used it to seal the Dacron on Graeme King Kingfisher, the white Dacron took on a decided yellowish-greenish hue. That looks nice on my boat but may not be welcome in your project.

Answered on 03/08/2016 by DAVID DAUGHERTY

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Hi, I used this product on a fiberglass boat. I haven't seen any yellowing at all, it's as white as the day we put it on 2 years ago. Sorry I couldn't help. God Bless Dave

Answered on 03/07/2016 by DAVE PRICKEN

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I've had this on a kayak for only a year but have noticed no yellowing yet.

Answered on 03/07/2016 by BARRY DYSON
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How soon can you recoat?

Asked on 07/30/2016 by Undisclosed

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It depends on temperature and humidity. : 1 hour @ 80°F, 3 hours @ 65°F, or 8 hours @ 50°F

Answered on 03/07/2017 by
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I use only one coat that lasts close to two years.

Answered on 08/01/2016 by DAVID CREASMAN

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If it's warm usually a day for me. Goes on nice. Thin the first coat 1:10.

Answered on 07/30/2016 by DAVE PETERSON

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I let it dry 24 hrs, scotch pad it, then re-coat, I applied 4 coats to Adirondack chairs and after 2 yrs they are holding up.

Answered on 07/31/2016 by Dank Dank
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What varnish would you compare this to?

Asked on 04/05/2014 by kevin skwirz

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There is no product that I have found that "goes over" anything except clean sanded wood. If you do not remove ALL of your old finish back down to bare wood, you should expect some flaking and non adhesion to the old finish. I have Mahogany doors with 3 coats of Helmsman Spar Urethane that were finished 3 - 5 years ago that still look good. Proper WOOD PREP is the secrete to any finishing or re finishing project. As most people do, they simply sand a rough surface on their project and slap some new finish on it.

Answered on 04/06/2014 by BRUCE LEDBETTER
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I haven't used this varnish yet. It's going on a customer's boat in the next week (if it doesn't snow again)will let you know then. Ron.

Answered on 04/10/2014 by RON FORTUCCI

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I have used Helmsman Spar varnish and after one season with 3 coats had some flaking. Figured I'd try Gleam Spar this spring. Found out it covered better with 10% cut of mineral spirits. I thought it was too thick right out of the can. Just my take on using it. I'll know next year. Knowing Jamestown carries top quality products is why I tried it.

Answered on 04/06/2014 by Dank Dank

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I really haven't used a lot of this product, I have not been overly impressed with any of these "boat Varnish's". This was a special request by one of my customers who insisted I use a BOAT varnish. I have been using MinWax Spar Urethane for over 10 years on all my exterior door finishes and re-finishes and I am very satisfied with that product. I spray everything with a turbine HVLP sprayer and I can tell you it sprayed no different than than the Spar Urethane I have been using. I do know I can get a gallon of Spar Urethane for the 1/2 the price and easier (Home Depot - Sherwin Williams) availability than ordering anything like this from the internet. I have found what ever the product or price your only going to get 3 - 4 years service from anything that it basically laid out in the yard or floats on the water exposed to full sun and weather.

Answered on 04/06/2014 by BRUCE LEDBETTER
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Do you have this in satin or only gloss?

Asked on 05/26/2016 by Undisclosed

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Actually, yes. JD should reply to this, as I do not see the Total Boat Satin Spar Varnish listed on your website any more, so my answer above might be incorrect.

Answered on 05/27/2016 by PETER SHEFLER
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I think the catalog shows gloss and satin only. I wanted to control the sheen myself, so I bought a quart of each and experimented with the blend, starting with 50/50. I really like the product.

Answered on 05/27/2016 by DANIEL CRANOR

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Since Shopper is looking for a "Yes or No" answer and not an opinion, wouldn't this be bettered addressed by JD sales or customer service?

Answered on 05/27/2016 by DAVID DAUGHERTY
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Does this yellow or have an amber color when dry?

Asked on 05/21/2016 by Cathy Loggins

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I used the varnish for a inside project, I covered a bar top I made. It has no color change. It is no natural light or sun on it. It has held up great.

Answered on 05/21/2016 by JASON DAVIS
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Lovely classic amber.

Answered on 05/27/2016 by DANIEL CRANOR

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Amber

Answered on 05/22/2016 by DAVID CREASMAN
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Is your product good for a new black bamboo fence located in New York State?

Asked on 04/28/2015 by maryjo wilde

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Can't say. I have been pleased with Gleam but only have experience, all-be-it modest, with its application to a yet-to-be-launched small wooden rowing boat. That said, I'd pit Gleem in the "likely to work very well " categoriy for your bamboo fence.

Answered on 04/30/2015 by DAVID DAUGHERTY
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I wish I could give an answer but truthfully I haven't been able to use the product yet. I think the idea of direct customer feedback is great and I am happy to answer questions as best I can in the future. Kevin

Answered on 04/28/2015 by Kevin Sio

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I would think it should work well for your fence. I would consider applying several coats. I can't speak to how well the Gleam varnish will hold up over time though. I only recently used it for the first time on a wood strip kayak. Going by it's formulation I expect it will last as well as any quality spar varnish and it's much more economical.

Answered on 04/29/2015 by BARRY DYSON
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Installing two new mahogany doors (stained) on outdoor of our house. Is this the best product to use for that application? Live in Georgia and will be about 2-3 hours late in day exposed to sunlight. Also how much spar varnish would I need for that? I assume I will need at least 2 coats.

Asked on 10/22/2018 by Lynn from Atlanta, GA

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I'm not a professional, but I'd say this is good for your application. This is good stuff. It has UV blockers which will help protect the wood and the finish. Much better than generic hardware store varnish, which is just for indoor use. I use this product on wood mahogany trim on my boat, and it gets pounded with sunlight all day. It has held up well for two seasons so far. Varnish builds up in thin layers, and I recall reading somewhere that three is a bare minimum. Each time you put on a layer and sand it and put on another layer, it gets smoother and smoother, so it looks better and better. Plus, you get more protection. Also, with many layers built up, you don't have to strip it all the way down when you want to restore it after a few years. You can just do a light sanding, not all the way down to the wood, and then build up a few layers on top of that.

Answered on 10/22/2018 by charles
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I used this product on wooden patio furniture. We live in upstate New York spring/summers are 65-90+ with some rain and wind storms. The finish on the furniture held up well for 2-3 years. We bring the furniture inside during the winter.(Oct to May)

Answered on 10/23/2018 by mcbradley1976
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Is there any thinning needed for coats following your wood sealer? Also is there a certain type of stain to use prior to coating...oil or water based? Thx

Asked on 09/30/2018 by Scott from Virginia

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I'd use unthinned. Any stain should be oil based. I like grain filling stain with mahogany. Should be light-fast stain on a boat. Plan on at least five coats with sanding between for a finer finish.

Answered on 09/30/2018 by pfalso4
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I didn't think it and I wish that I had. I am satisfied with my brightwork for the time I spent on it. I think it could have been even a better job if I had thinned. Jim

Answered on 10/03/2018 by jlgruvet
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can you use gleam spar varnish over teak oil

Asked on 06/19/2018 by Mic. from Wisconsin

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Yes I did.

Answered on 06/19/2018 by tymish.z
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I would only use it over old varnish that has been sanded or on new wood.

Answered on 06/19/2018 by mchirco313
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