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Product Details

TotalBoat Lust Marine Varnish is the first one-part marine spar varnish allowing rapid recoating without requiring sanding between coats. It cures to a rich, warm, amber finish.

Traditional spar varnishes need time-consuming sanding between coats. Other (non-varnish) wood finishes try to mimic the look of varnish without the work, but Lust stands alone.

Almost 50% faster to apply by spray or brush/roller, Lust's unique linseed oil modified polyurethane formula provides smooth flow-out, & more importantly, lets you recoat in 1 hour @ 72°F, ultimately up to 5 coats in one day. Its strong UV properties make it a great choice for brightwork. Get a durable, smooth and beautiful finish faster so you can move on to other projects.

Available in High Gloss and Matte.

Tech Specs
Item Number Finish Size
TB-6489-KHigh GlossPint
TB-2869-KHigh GlossQuart
TB-3456-KHigh Gloss2-Quart Kit
TB-6490-KHigh GlossGallon
TB-3457-KMatte2-Quart Kit
TB3458-K (High Gloss/Matte Combo Kit)Matte2-Quart Kit
Info & Guides

Look Who's Using Lust

In the December/January 2020 issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine, Peter Gedrys, a finishing expert in East Haddam, CT, says he got great results brushing TotalBoat Lust on a piece of veneer plywood.

Peter says, "Right off the bat, I found that the varnish had good flow characteristics. Overall, Lust is an easy product to work with...the cost is in line with premium alternatives and the dry time is faster." You can read the complete article in the SPEC section, Great Finds Inspired By Our Best Houses (Issue 288).

Fine Homebuilding article about TotalBoat Lust Spar Varnish.

"Made to improve on slow-drying spar varnishes, this modified linseed oil polyurethane is a worthy competitor." — Peter Gedrys, finishing expert

Important Application Notes for Lust Matte: Lust Matte is not intended for use as a sealer (base) coat. For a low-sheen finish with maximum clarity, we recommend using Lust Gloss or Gleam Gloss for sealer (base) and build coats. Finish with a topcoat of Lust Matte, which can be thinned with TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 for improved flow.

Our New 2-Quart Kits Give You More Lust—for Less. And the Combo Kit Gives You Greater Clarity for a Matte Finish.

You told us how much you love Lust, so now you can buy High Gloss and Matte in 2-Quart Kits and save money. For those who want a matte finish with greater clarity, there's a combo kit containing 1 quart of TotalBoat Lust High Gloss Varnish and 1 quart of Lust Matte Varnish that allows you to build gloss coats to protect and highlight the wood grain, then finish with a couple of coats of matte varnish to get the smooth, gorgeous, non-gloss finish you desire.

What Makes TotalBoat Lust So Special?

In 2013, we introduced the first TotalBoat varnish, Gleam. While Gleam has been a tremendous success, comparing favorably with other one-part varnishes, our product development team continued testing formulations. Untold hours were spent evaluating gloss, UV resistance, build depth per coat, working time, and other critical factors.

TotalBoat Lust is the final result of all this testing. Being able to overcoat with no sanding, in as little as one hour, is a tremendous advantage and a quality unique to Lust.

Compared to Gleam, Lust's noticeably thicker viscosity will remind you of traditional European varnishes. Thicker viscosity means Lust can be thinned as needed for even more coverage.

If you need to finish a varnishing job quickly, you can apply up to 5 coats a day, under optimal conditions. Also, to overcoat, sanding is not necessary up to 48 hours. The results are truly UV resistant, flexible, and durable, with enhanced grain depth. Try it and see for yourself just how remarkable this innovative formula is on any type of wood, especially teak.

Note: If applying varnish in hot weather, it's more difficult to maintain a workable (wet) edge. Air temperature and humidity are important factors, but you must also consider the temperature of the wood surface. For example, if the air temperature is 100°F, the temperature of a dense, dark wood surface would exceed a recommended application temperature of 105°F. Other considerations in keeping a workable edge in hot weather include the size of the area you're varnishing, the time of day, and the amount of thinner or reducer added.

Please refer to the Lust Technical Data Sheet for complete mixing, thinning, and application details.

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 Lust Spar Varnish Technical Data sheet for details on using TotalBoat Woods Sealer with Lust.

Technical Information


  • Rapid recoating achieves a high build and a durable, smooth finish more quickly
  • Long-lasting gloss clarity, gloss retention, and exceptional UV resistance
  • Will cure overnight at 45°F

Technical Specifications

  • Appearance: Ultra High Gloss or Matte
  • Gloss Specs (DOI): >80% @ 20°, >92% @ 60°
  • Color: Clear Amber
  • Density: 7.56 LBS/GAL
  • Volume Solids: 53% by weight; 48% by volume
  • VOC: 419 g/L (Coating); 416 g/L (Material)
  • Wet Edge Time: 5 minutes at 72°F
  • Tack-Free to Recoat: 1 hour at 72°F
  • Coverage at 1 mil (no loss): 750 FT2/GAL
  • Coverage at 3 mils (no loss): 250 FT2/GAL
  • Thinning: TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 (Brushing/Rolling); Xylene (Spraying)
  • Recommended Application Temperatures: Do not apply Lust to surfaces colder than 45°F or warmer than 105°F.
  • Recommended Curing Temperature: Do not attempt to cure this product at temperatures lower than 45°F.
  • Cleanup: TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100

Recommended Application Notes

  • Maximum recommended coats per day: 3 to 4
  • Apply two to three light, smooth, even coats (2-3 wet mils) per day for two to three days.
  • Depending on ambient temperatures, you have 45-90 seconds to maintain a workable edge.
  • Lust is dry to recoat after 1 hour at 72°F. Recoat only when surface is tack-free to the touch.
  • Before sanding and applying final coat, allow to cure 48 hours.
  • Best results are achieved when surface is sanded smooth with 320 grit paper after every 2-3 coats to remove sags or dust. If only 1-3 coats are applied per day, you can do this sanding after 24 hrs.
  • After 48 hours without any overcoating, a light scuff/sanding is necessary, commonly using 320 grit. If surface has sags or dust, you can use 220. Always go back over with 320 as 220 scratches show
  • After sanding, vacuum and solvent wipe with mineral spirits or denatured alcohol.

Accelerated Application Notes

  • If applying 4+ coats per day, wait up to 48 hours before sanding and applying subsequent coats.
  • After sanding, vacuum and solvent wipe with mineral spirits or denatured alcohol.

Reviews for TotalBoat Lust Marine Varnish

10 of 147 Reviews

October 25, 2021

By Cs from NYC

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This product is great. No sanding between coats and dries in an hour or so for decorating. Leaves a wet look that is really special.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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October 4, 2021

I would definitely buy this product again
By Joe from Syracuse NY

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I used this product to varnish the topsides of a wooden rowboat. Quick drying time beautiful results. Only con is the if you wait a week is so between use, the product forms a film in the can.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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September 29, 2021

Seems like a good product so far
By Al from Ct

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Drys fast

Vintage chair lift swing I made, from local ski area
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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September 1, 2021

By Ernest Cassella from Bellimgham, Washington

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The quick dry time and the ease of application makes this a win win in my varnish world. Used it on an Alaskan yellow cedar exterior application and the woodgrain looked almost 3D. Cleanup was a. Breeze and I was second coating an hour after the first coat. And no sanding g between coats . I'm sold.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 30, 2021

Brilliant product, finish, a bit of a learning curve
By Mac from Blaine, MN

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Grew-up working sailboats in the 80s using Epiphanes and Schooner, but decided to give TB's products a shot. Beautiful when it goes on right, flows nice within the wet-edge window, but goes over the cliff quick and it's both easy to overwork and far too easy to get dry spots no matter how diligent you are. Also, while the concept of multiple coats in a day sounds great, and it works well if you spray, but it never worked well in my case with a brush despite applying razor-thin thin coats; I often ended-up with goo underneath semi-cured layers which ended-up getting scraped, or sanded down after a day or two. Definitely sensitive to temps and humidity. I finally gave-up and did what I was taught 40 years ago, and waited until the coat was cured and then sanded with 320-400. Not sure what my issues were, either temps or humidity, but this seems a product with it's own peculiarities and learning curve — but every varnish is like that. Works beautifully as advertised when sprayed. Didn't need to thin too much to get even coat. Golden color is gorgeous over Walnut and Yellow Cedar on my kayak.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 15, 2021

I do like this product
By Trt44iv from Michigan

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This leaves your boat with a beautiful sheen, just gorgeous. There is a need to make sure you buy enough, the correct amount though, as you may not be able to have the complete 6-8 coats recommended.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 12, 2021

Amazing shine
By Scott from Nashville

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I could not have picked a better product to finish off my wood canoe and paddles, the deep shine is amazing.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 9, 2021

Great product
By bikestop from Coldwater, Ohio

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Goes on as advertised and goes an astonishingly long way.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 6, 2021

I am so impressed!!!
By David varnisher from Poulsbo, WA

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Varnishing is such a pain at the best of times but this product makes it a tolerable process, especially being able to continually apply multiple coats in the same day without sanding. It speeds everything up so much and finish is fantastic. Your technical group are fantastic as well…. Great support!!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 16, 2021


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Simple, quick, perfection

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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